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University of Indianapolis
Motto Education for Service
Established 1902 (details)
Type private coeducational
Endowment $54.3 million[1]
President Beverley Pitts
Faculty 200
Students 4,978
Location Indianapolis, IN, USA
Campus suburban: 65 acres (0.26 km²)
21 Division II NCAA teams,
called Greyhounds
Colors Crimson and Grey
Affiliations United Methodist Church

The University of Indianapolis is a university located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The shortened name it uses is UIndy. With a branch campus in Athens, Greece, and affiliations with campuses in Belize (Galen University), the People's Republic of China, Cyprus, and Israel, the campus embraces a very diverse population of students and opportunities. Established in 1902, the university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and has approximately 4,300 students.



The University of Indianapolis offers 9 associate's, 70 bachelor's, 22 master's, and 5 doctoral programs.

UIndy is organized into the following schools and colleges:

  • School of Education
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Krannert School of Physical Therapy
  • School for Adult Learning
  • School of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Psychological Sciences
  • School of Occupational Therapy

UIndy also has an international branch campus, named University of Indianapolis—Athens, in Greece.


History at a glance
Indiana Central University Chartered 1902 Affiliation United Brethren in Christ
Opened 1905
Indiana Central College Renamed 1921
Church merger 1946 Affiliation Evangelical United Brethren
Church merger 1969 Affiliation United Methodist Church
Indiana Central University Renamed 1975
University of Indianapolis Renamed 1986

The university was chartered in 1902, but instruction did not start until 1905. When established, it was formally called Indiana Central University (ICU), but colloquially known as Indiana Central College (ICC) from 1921 to 1975. "ICU" can still be seen in brick on the front side of Krannert Memorial Library on campus. In 1986, the name became University of Indianapolis.


  • J. T. Roberts, 1905-1908
  • L. D. Bonebrake, 1909-1915
  • I. J. Good, 1915-1944
  • I. Lynd Esch, 1945-1970
  • Gene E. Sease, 1970-1988
  • G. Benjamin Lantz, Jr., 1988-1998
  • Jerry M. Israel, 1998-2005
  • Beverley J. Pitts, 2005-present

In 2005, the institution announced the selection of Beverley J. Pitts as its eighth president. Dr. Pitts, an administrator at Ball State University, assumed the presidential post on July 5, 2005 upon the retirement of Jerry Israel, who had held the position since 1998.

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Honorary degrees


The main campus is located on the southside of Indianapolis at 1400 East Hanna Avenue, just east of Shelby Street.




The University of Indianapolis' athletic teams are known as the Greyhounds and participate in Division II of the NCAA. Most of the teams are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The football and swimming & diving teams are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The wrestling team is not affiliated with a conference. The school's highest finish in the NACDA Director's Cup was 5th in 1996-97 with 390.5 points. Also finished 8th in the Director's Cup in 2000-01 and in the top 20 from 2002-2005.


The colors of the University of Indianapolis are crimson and grey.

Accomplishments and home venue

Men's Teams

  • Baseball - Greyhound Park - School record 51 wins in 2001, made NCAA II Tournament in five of past eight years, went to NCAA II College World Series in 2000.
  • Basketball - Nicoson Hall - Went to three straight NCAA II Tournaments from 2003-2005, David Logan named NCAA II National Player of the Year by numerous media outlets
  • Cross Country
  • Football - Key Stadium - 112-67-4 all-time at Key Stadium
  • Golf - numerous GLVC Championships and NCAA appearances in the 90's and 2000's under long-time coach Ken Partridge
  • Soccer - Key Stadium - School record 13 wins in the 2006 season
  • Swimming & Diving - Ruth Lilly Fitness Center Pool - Orel Oral's 7 national championships from 1998-2002, team finished 11th at NCAA II Championships in 2006. Cole Tedhams won the national championship in the 50 free in 2004 and 2005 and the 100 free in 2005. Alex Arestis won the 200 yd free at the 2008 Division II Nationals.
  • Tennis - numerous GLVC Championships in the 90's, Ross Johnson broke record for career wins at UIndy after career in 2005
  • Indoor Track - In the past 6 years the UIndy mens team has produced 6 All-Americans in the 35 lb weight throw. In 2003 and 2004, Damieon Smith received the All-American Award by finishing 2nd at the NCAA Div II national championships. Aaron Lawson also received the All-American award by placing 3rd at the 2004 NCAA Division II championships. The mens team finished 6th in the nation in 2004 with Dameion Smith finishing 2nd, Aaron Lawson finishing 3rd, and Cory Young finishing 5th. In 2005, Cory Young finished 4th in the NCAA II Championships and Willie Little placed 7th in 2008.
  • Outdoor Track and Field - Key Stadium - Numerous awards, All-American performances, and national champions with the most recent national champion belonging to Dameion Smith who won the men's Div II hammer throw title in 2004. Aaron Lawson finished 3rd in the mens hammer behind Smith to receive his second All-American honor. Willie Little placed 6th in 2008 receiving his second All-American honor. Alumni from the UIndy men’s track team have also had success competing at the USA Track and Field National Championships and USA Olympic Trials. Uindy Alumni competitors in past USA Track and Field Championships include Randy Heisler (discus), Andy Richardson (shot put), Dameion Smith (hammer), and Aaron Lawson (hammer).
  • Wrestling - Nicoson Hall — This team does not belong to a conference - finished 10th as a team at NCAA II Championships in 2006, with 4 all-Americans including Mike Jackson (2nd place at 174)
  • Cheerleading

Women's teams

  • Basketball - Nicoson Hall - school record 29 wins in 2002-03 season, three straight trips to NCAA II Tournament from 2003-2005
  • Cross Country - academic all-American Maria Harriman finished 42nd in 2002 NCAA II XC Championships
  • Golf - 2002 GLVC Champions
  • Soccer - Key Stadium - 2006 GLVC Champions, NCAA II Sweet Sixteen, school record 17 wins in 2006
  • Softball - Baumgartner Field - school record 31 wins during 2006 season
  • Swimming & Diving - Ruth Lilly Fitness Center Pool - numerous all-American performances year after year, finished 9th in the nation in 2006 and 7th in 2005
  • Tennis - GLVC Championship in 2002, 2003 and 2005
  • Indoor Track - Andrea Horban won the 2006 NCAA II Indoor Shot Put Championship, while Emily Schaaf finished 2nd in the high jump on the same day
  • Outdoor Track and Field - Key Stadium - 2002 and 2003 GLVC Championship
  • Volleyball - Ruth Lilly Center for Health & Fitness - 8-straight 20 win seasons through 2006, 2003 GLVC Champions and NCAA II Tournament.


The sports teams that represent the University of Indianapolis are called the Greyhounds, or just Hounds for short. The mascot is a greyhound named "Indy."


  • Key Stadium - Originally built in 1970, Sprinturf playing surface added in 2004, lights added in summer of 2005, seating capacity of 4,000 with standing room only space for approximately 1,500 more
  • Nicoson Hall - Opened in 1960, seating capacity of 3,300 with standing room only space for approximately 1,000 more, named for long-time basketball coach and Athletic Director Angus Nicoson
  • Ruth Lilly Fitness Center Court - Opened in 1982, seating capacity of 500
  • Ruth Lilly Fitness Center Pool - Opened in 1982, seating capacity of 300
  • Greyhound Park - seating capacity of 300
  • Baumgartner Field - seating capacity of 300, lights added in 2001, named for Mary "Wimp" Baumgartner who played in the Women's Professional Baseball League during the late 1940s
  • Tennis Courts - 6 courts

School song

The university's song, simply called "U of I Fight Song," was written in 1975 by James M. Stanton, at the time an Indiana Central senior. The words were rewritten when the university changed its name in 1986. In 2006, the cheer leaders changed the "U of I" portions of the song to "UIndy" to reflect the preferred shortened name of the school.


  1. ^ "". Retrieved June 9, 2007. From Randi's bio: "1995: A degree honoris causa, Doctor of Humane Letters, was awarded Mr. Randi from the University of Indianapolis."


  1. 1 endowment  As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 39°42′35″N 86°08′6.5″W / 39.70972°N 86.135139°W / 39.70972; -86.135139


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