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Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
IUPUI Academic Logo.png
Motto Where impact is made
Established 1969, as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities, with IU as the managing partner.
Type public coeducational
Endowment $623.6 million[1]
Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
Faculty 2,152 full time, 927 part time.
Students 30,383
Undergraduates 21,425
Postgraduates 8,875
Location Indianapolis, IN, USA
Campus urban: 512 acres[2] (2.07 km²)
Athletics 14 Division I NCAA teams
Colors Crimson and Old Gold         
Nickname IUPUI Jaguars
Mascot Jinx and Jawz
Affiliations Indiana University System
Purdue University System

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is an urban shared campus of Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana University is the managing partner. IUPUI offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees from both universities.

IUPUI is one of only 22 universities in the US [3][4] to complete a $1 billion comprehensive campaign.



IUPUI's University Library

IUPUI offers more than 180 undergraduate majors and ranks among the top fifteen in the country in the number of first professional degrees it confers and among the top seven in the number of health-related degrees. It is the home campus to 70 graduate and professional degrees, including the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,and the Indiana University School of Dentistry. The school also boasts the Indiana University School of Nursing, the Indiana University School of Social Work, the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Indiana University School of Informatics, the Center on Philanthropy, the Purdue School of Science and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

Created in 2005, the IU School of Informatics is the nation's first such school. IUPUI, along with IUB, hosts the first Ph.D. program in Informatics in the United States. The program offers tracks in bioinformatics, health informatics, and human-computer interaction.[5]

IUPUI has more students from Indiana than any other campus in the state. It also has the largest population of graduate and professional students of any university campus in Indiana. Almost 75 percent of IUPUI classes have 25 or fewer students. In addition to its attendance policy, IUPUI also has the most ethnically diverse student body in the Indiana University system.[citation needed]

Because of the school of medicine and other graduate schools, IUPUI hosts research on infectious disease, cancer and degenerative disorders.

IUPUI houses three major editorial and research projects in the history of American ideas:

  • The Peirce Edition Project, which is preparing a critical chronological edition of the writings of the American polymath Charles Sanders Peirce. The Philosophy Department at IUPUI is world renowned for its excellence in Peirce studies.
  • The Santayana Edition, preparing a critical edition of the works of the Spanish-born American philosopher and man of letters George Santayana;
  • The Frederick Douglass Edition, preparing a critical edition of the writings of the 19th century journalist, orator, abolitionist, and African-American leader.

The IUPUI University Library is a leader in the application of technology to library services. IUPUI is participating in Internet 2 development. The project is housed in the Informatics, Communication & Information Technology Building (ICTC).


Schools and divisions

  • IU Herron School of Art and Design
  • IU Kelley School of Business
  • Indiana University School of Dentistry
    • containing the Departments of: Oral Biology • Orthodontics & Oral Facial Genetics • Oral Pathology, Medicine & Radiology • Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry • Pediatric Dentistry • Periodontics & Allied Dental Programs (itself composed of the divisions of: Periodontics; Dental Hygiene; Dental Assisting) • Preventive and Community Dentistry • Restorative Dentistry
  • IU School of Education
    • containing the Departments of: Elementary Education (includes Physical Education and Music Education) • Secondary Education (includes Natural Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences, Language Arts, Foreign Languages)
  • Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
    • Architectural Technology • Biomedical Engineering • Computer Engineering • Computer and Information Technology • Computer Graphics Technology • Construction Engineering Management Technology • Electrical Engineering • Engineering Technology • Interior Design Technology • Mechanical Engineering • Motorsports Engineering • Music and Arts Technology • Organizational Leadership and Supervision • Technical Communications
  • IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • containing the Departments of: Health Sciences • Nutrition and Dietetics • Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy
The Informatics Building on the IUPUI campus
  • IU School of Informatics
    • containing the Departments of: Human-Computer Interaction, Health Informatics, Bioinformatics, Health Informatics Administration and Media Arts & Science.
  • IU School of Journalism
  • IU Division of Labor Studies
  • IU School of Law
  • IU School of Liberal Arts
    • containing the Departments of: Anthropology • Communication Studies • Economics • English • Geography • History • Philosophy • Political Science • Religious Studies • Sociology • World Languages and Cultures • Museum Studies
  • IU School of Library and Information Science
  • IU School of Medicine
    • containing the Departments of: Anatomy and Cell Biology • Anesthesia • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • Cellular and Integrative Physiology • Dermatology • Family Medicine • Medical and Molecular Genetics • Medicine • Microbiology and Immunology • Neurology • Obstetrics and Gynecology • Ophthalmology • Orthopaedic Surgery • Otolaryngology • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine • Pharmacology and Toxicology • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation • Psychiatry • Radiation Oncology • Radiology • Urology
  • IU School of Music
  • IU School of Nursing
  • IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management
    • containing the Departments of: Exercise Science and Kinesiology (includes Exercise Physiology and Biomechanical Sciences) • Military Science • Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management
  • IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    • containing the Departments of: Health Administration • Public Affairs
    • containing the Indiana University Center for Health Policy
  • IU School of Social Work
  • Purdue School of Science
    • containing the Departments of: Biology • Chemistry and Chemical Biology (including Forensic Science) • Computer and Information Science • Earth Sciences• Lee Mathewson School of Mathematical Sciences • Physics • Psychology


IUPUI as a whole has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1970.[2] ABET has continuously accredited IUPUI's following bachelors degrees since the date listed: Computer Engineering 2003, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology 1995, Construction Technology 1995, Electrical Engineering 1978, Electrical Engineering Technology 1971, Mechanical Engineering 1978, and Mechanical Engineering Technology 1970. ABET has continuously accredited IUPUI's following associates degrees since the date listed: Architectural Technology 1995, Civil Engineering Technology 1977, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology 1995, Electrical Engineering Technology 1971, and Mechanical Engineering Technology 1970.[3]


History at a glance
IUPUI was established via the 1969 merger of:
Indiana University School of Medicine Established 1911
Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis Acquired 1944 from Indiana Law School Established 1894
Type private
and Benjamin Harrison Law School Established 1893
Type private
Indiana University School of Dentistry Acquired 1925 from Indiana Dental College Established 1875
Type private
Indiana University Herron School of Art Acquired 1967 from Indiana School of Art Established 1877
Type private
Art Association of Indianapolis Renamed 1883
Herron School of Art Renamed 1902
Indiana University Indianapolis Extension Established 1916
Purdue University Indianapolis Extension Established 1946

In many respects IUPUI was established long before its 1969 merger. The historically most prestigious portions of IUPUI are the professional graduate schools and the art school: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, the Indiana University School of Dentistry, and the Indiana University Herron School of Art, all of which were established decades prior to the 1969 merger into one institution. In particular, the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis are not merely regional branches of programs at some main campus in the Indiana University System or the Purdue University System. The School of Medicine and School of Dentistry are the only degree-granting public university programs of medicine and dentistry in Indiana and have been since become part of Indiana University.

The vision for an IUPUI first was inspired by the formation of the Indiana Purdue Foundation in Fort Wayne in 1958 for the creation of what has become IPFW. Fort Wayne's Indiana Purdue Foundation is unrelated to IUPUI, but the formation of such a joint venture between Indiana's two largest university systems inspired metropolitan and state government leaders in Indianapolis to consider the same type of merger for their disparate Indiana University professional graduate schools, Indiana University undergraduate extension center, and Purdue University undergraduate extension center.

The School of Medicine's large campus west of downtown Indianapolis was chosen to be the site of what was to become IUPUI. Prior to forming IUPUI, other Indiana University and Purdue University schools were located at various locations within and near downtown Indianapolis. With the formation of IUPUI and the relocation of those academic units to the IUPUI campus adjoining the School of Medicine's Medical Center, some of those academic units for the first time were housed in buildings designed at time of construction for academic use, instead of business-office buildings as had been the case previously for the undergraduate extension centers.


IUPUI's teams—the IUPUI Jaguars—compete at the Division I level in The Summit League. The Jaguars have earned NCAA Tournament bids in Men's Soccer, Men's Golf, Men's Basketball and Women's Tennis, as well as a Mid-Continent Conference (now The Summit League) championship in Volleyball and Men's Tennis. Nine athletes have been recognized as Mid-Con Athletes of the Year, with seven coaches earning Coach of the Year honors. Prior to 1995, the teams were known as the Metros and were Division II.

IUPUI's athletic teams have also excelled in the classroom. The women's tennis team has been chosen as an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for three consecutive years; collectively, they have maintained an almost C-average for those three years.[citation needed] The men's cross country team has been recognized by the United State Cross Country Coaches Association as Academic All-American the past two seasons, while the women’s team earned the same honor from the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association twice. In 2001-02, the women's basketball team was selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to its Top 25 Honor Roll. In the fall of 2002, the athletic department as a whole was honored by USA Today and the NCAA for having the highest improvement in graduation rate in the country for its category. In 2003, the athletic department as a whole was honored by USA Today once again for having the largest discrepancy in graduation rates from the athletics department and general student population.[citation needed]

The campus is the home of the Indiana University Natatorium, one of the fastest swimming pools in the world[citation needed] and `Michael A. Carroll Stadium, home of the 2006 & 2007 USA Track & Field Championships. Additionally, the 1987 Pan-American Games were hosted on the IUPUI campus, while IUPUI also served as the annual site for the Nike All-America Basketball Camp until 2007. The Indianapolis Tennis Center is also on the IUPUI campus and has served, since 1979, as the home of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships (formerly the RCA Championships).


Cavanaugh Hall

The IUPUI campus covers 510 acres (2.1 km2) and is located just west of downtown near the Indianapolis Zoo, Downtown Canal Walk, and White River State Park. It is adjacent to the Indiana Avenue cultural district. In 2004 & 2005, new residence halls, the Informatics, Communication & Information Technology Building (ICTC), and Eskenazi Hall, the new home of the Herron School of Art & Design were completed on campus. The zip code for the entire campus is 46202.

A new Campus Center was opened in Spring 2008. The Campus Center Boasts a 179-foot (55 m) bell tower made of limestone and glass. The Campus Center houses Enrollment Services, the IUPUI bookstore, Financial Aid, Scholarships, campus dining, game rooms, a theatre, and more.[1]

The IUPUI Public Art Collection consists of 30 works of sculpture located outdoors on the campus. Additional sculptures are located on private property adjacent to IUPUI, including the Indiana Avenue cultural district, Riley Hospital and the J. F. Miller Foundation.

A new 254,000-square-foot (23,600 m2) research building, Research III, is also under construction. Its completion in 2008 will create a 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) research complex with direct connections to Research II and the IU Cancer Research Institute, as well as a skyway connection to the Clarian Health People Mover.

Campus housing has the capacity for 1,060 students in a traditional residence hall (Ball Residence) and the Campus Apartments on the River Walk, which opened in 2004. Another residence hall is going to be built in order to accommodate 1,000 more students.

A large collection of archival photographs of the campus can be found in the IUPUI Image Collection. Ralph D. Gray's book IUPUI--the Making of an Urban University (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003) is a comprehensive published account of the history of the campus.

University Library

The IUPUI University Library has developed comprehensive programs in the areas of Information Literacy and Digital Libraries. It is also home to the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives and the leading collection for the study of Philanthropy in the world, the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library. The Herron Art Library at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI is a full-service branch of the University Library.

Notable alumni


The university offers $50,000 each year to students, faculty, and staff to fund green initiatives[3]. The new campus center has many "green" features [4], and the school's Renewable Energy Center was named for Senator Richard G. Lugar in 2007[5]. The college received a C- on the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, a publication of the Sustainable Endowments Institute[6].


  1. 1 endowment  "America's Best Colleges 2008". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved June 7 2009. 
  2. 2 real_estate  "FactBook > Physical Facilities > Real Estate Acreage". Indiana University system. Retrieved January 14 2006. 
  3. 3  campaign  "IUPUI's $1.039 Billion Campaign Sets Record". IU Foundation. Retrieved September 3 2004. 
  4. 4  campaign2  "IUPUI campaign raises more than $1 billion". Indiana Alumni Magazine. Retrieved November 2004. 
  5. 5  informatics  "IU offers nation's first informatics Ph.D. degree". IU Newsroom. Retrieved March 15 2005. 

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Coordinates: 39°46′28″N 86°10′35″W / 39.774308°N 86.176393°W / 39.774308; -86.176393


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