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Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

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

IUPUI completed a fundraising campaign in 2004 that generated over $1 billion, one of only 22 universities in the United States to achieve this.


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.

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.

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 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 Afro-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
  • Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
    • containing the Departments of: Biomedical Engineering • Computer and Information Technology • Construction Technology • Electrical and Computer Engineering • Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology • Mechanical Engineering • Mechanical Engineering Technology • Organizational Leadership and Supervision
  • IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • containing the Departments of: Health Sciences • Nutrition and Dietetics • Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy
  • IU School of Informatics
    • containing the Departments of: Human Computer Interaction, Health Informatics Administration and New Media.
  • 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
  • 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: 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• The 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. 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.


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 becoming 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.


The IUPUI campus covers 510 acres 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 ft 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.

A new 254,000 sq. ft. research building, Research III, is also under construction. Its completion in 2008 will create a 500,000 sq. ft. 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.

Notable alumni

  • Dan Quayle (Law 1974) - former Vice President of the United States of America
  • Dan Coats (Law 1971) - former member of United States Senate and United States House of Representatives
  • Samuel D. Jackson (Law 1917) - former member of United States Senate
  • Arthur Raymond Robinson]] (Law 1910) - former member of United States Senate
  • Frederick Van Nuys (Law 1900) - former member of United States Senate
  • Julia Carson - former Indiana congresswoman
  • Vija Celmins (Herron 1961) - fine art painter and printmaker
  • Bill Peet (Herron 1936) - children's book illustrator and story writer at Disney Studios
  • Norman Bridwell (Herron) - author and illustrator of Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • David Wolf (Medicine 1982) - NASA astronaut
  • George Hill - Professional NBA Basketball Player, Drafted 26th overall in 2008 NBA Draft by San Antonio Spurs
  • Rachel Christie - Registered Nurse

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