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Marian University (formerly Marian College)
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Motto Sedes Sapientiae
Seat of Wisdom
Established 1851 (details)
Type private coeducational liberal arts
Endowment $7.8 million[1]
President Daniel J. Elsener
Faculty 76 full time, 63 part-time
Students 1800
Location Indianapolis, IN, USA
Campus urban
Athletics 17 NAIA teams and 1 NCCA team,
called Knights
Colors Blue and Gold
Affiliations Roman Catholic Church;
Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg

Marian University is a co-educational, liberal arts university, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, on the northwest side of the city. It is owned and sponsored by the Sisters of St Francis of Oldenburg (Indiana), a Roman Catholic religious congregation. Enrollment is around 1,500 students, full and part-time.



Saint Francis Normal School was founded in Oldenburg, Indiana, in 1851 by the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, as an all-female normal school, as two-year teacher training schools were then known. Saint Francis Normal School predated the first publicly-funded normal school in Indiana, the State Normal School, by nearly a decade. Saint Francis Normal School was named in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. The language of instruction was German.

In 1936 Saint Francis Normal School merged with Immaculate Conception Junior College, at which time the resulting institution was renamed Marian College, where Marian is the adjectival form of Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In 1937, the portion of Marian College in Oldenburg, Indiana, moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1954 Marian College first admitted men, coeducationally.

In October 2007, it was announced by President Dan Elsener that Marian College would become The Marian University. The change became effective July 1, 2009.

The motto of Marian University is on its seal: Sedes Sapientiae which is Latin for Seat of Wisdom, which refers to Mary in whose lap rested Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God, a Roman Catholic belief.[1]


Marian University is dedicated to educating within the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Specifically, in the Franciscan school of thought and spirit, education is based on the values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship.

Classes average 17 students, and student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

Marian University is organized into nine departments:

  • Business
  • Education
  • History and social science
  • Language, literature, and communication
  • Natural and behavioral sciences
  • Nursing
  • Performing and visual arts
  • Sports studies
  • Theology and Philosophy

Student Life

Marian has a vibrant student life on campus, and thrives on its small, community feeling. The SGMU (Student Government of Marian University) is actively involved with campus occurrences and campus events. Intramural sports are big, especially basketball, flag football, and ultimate frisbee. The campus recently renovated its dining hall, and has a state-of-the-art music building under construction, with a target finish date of late 2009.


Marian University is nationally known for its cycling team. The Knights practice and compete at the Major Taylor Velodrome. The cycling team is a member of the National Collegiate Cycling Association, NCCA.

Marian's Cycling team has won 12 national championships, and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious programs in the nation. In the 2008-2009 season, the Marian team won both the course and the track championships.

Marian University also has 16 other NAIA teams for both men and women, as well as competitive cheerleading.

Bowling and Lacrosse are currently in the preliminary stages of inception as well.

See also

External links


  1. 1 endowment  "America's Best Colleges 2006". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2006-02-03.  



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