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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (2009)

Brief Description:

Created as a partnership between two world-renowned universities and destined to be the state’s urban research campus, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has rapidly grown in size and stature since it was established in 1969. From its beginnings, IUPUI has drawn upon the strengths of Indiana University and Purdue University to expand educational opportunities for Hoosiers.

Today, IUPUI is the third strong pillar supporting public higher education in Indiana, offering a tremendous range of degree programs for 30,000 students who come from all 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Looking back over just four decades, IUPUI has made remarkable progress that reflects a culture of partnership and collaboration based upon outstanding faculty who reach across disciplines, reach out into the community, and reach toward excellence in education and research.


Mission Statement:

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue Universities, is Indiana's urban research and academic health sciences campus. IUPUI's mission is to advance the State of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning and civic engagement. By offering a distinctive range of bachelor's, master's, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.

In pursuing its mission and vision, IUPUI provides for its constituents excellence in:

  1. Teaching and Learning
  2. Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
  3. Civic Engagement, Locally, Nationally, and Globally

With each of these core activities characterized by:

  1. Collaboration within and across disciplines and with the community,
  2. A commitment to ensuring diversity, and
  3. Pursuit of best practices


President's Quote:

“IUPUI has distinctive academic programs that take advantage of both our Indiana University and Purdue University connections and our urban location. Our faculty lead the world in research from the life sciences to the liberal arts and have developed award-winning programs that help students succeed in achieving their academic goals, including nationally recognized service learning, undergraduate research, and effective first-year experience programs for students. The willingness to be creative with teaching strategies, to be innovative in research, and to engage the community in finding solutions has created a 40-year cascade of impact that has both made IUPUI a school to watch in the future and the fulfillment of the vision of our founders, who said in 1969, ‘A great city needs a great university.’” -- Charles R. Bantz:

Fun Facts:

  • IUPUI places 5th in the survey of the “Best College and University Civic Partnerships.”
  • IUPUI is home to the only professional medical and dental schools in the state and our nursing school is the largest multi-discipline nursing school in the nation.

  • The IUPUI campus ranks among the top 20 in the country in the number of first professional and health-related degrees it confers.

  • IUPUI alumni account for 85 percent of Indiana's dentists, half the physicians, nearly half of the state's lawyers, more than a third of the nurses, and a large percentage of the health and rehabilitation sciences and social work professionals.

  • More than 30,000 students attend IUPUI, representing all 50 states and 122 countries.

  • The campus offers more than 200 academic programs—from associate degrees to doctoral and professional degrees.

  • The campus, blocks from downtown Indianapolis, is also close to the Indiana Government Center, the Victory Field and Lucas Oil Stadium, and is adjacent to White River State Park, home of the NCAA National Headquarters, the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, and the Eiteljorg Museum.


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662