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Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
File:IUPUI logo 2013.png
Motto What matters. Where it matters.[1]
Established 1969, as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities, with IU as the managing partner.
Type public coeducational
Endowment $601 million[2]
Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
Academic staff 2,152 full time, 927 part time.
Students 30,461
Undergraduates 22,197
Postgraduates 8,264

Indianapolis, IN, USA
39°46′27″N 86°10′35″W / 39.7743°N 86.1764°W / 39.7743; -86.1764Coordinates: 39°46′27″N 86°10′35″W / 39.7743°N 86.1764°W / 39.7743; -86.1764

Campus urban: 509 acres[3]
Athletics 14 Division I NCAA teams
Colors Crimson and Gold         
Nickname IUPUI Jaguars
Mascot Jinx and Jawz
Affiliations Indiana University
Purdue University System

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the premier urban campus of Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Indiana University is the managing partner. IUPUI offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees from both universities.[4]


IUPUI offers more than 250 degrees and ranks among the top 20 in the country in the number of first professional and health-related degrees it confers. It is the home campus to the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and the Indiana University School of Dentistry. The school also boasts the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, the Indiana University School of Nursing, the Indiana University School of Social Work, the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health, 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 2000, the Indiana University School of Informatics was 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. The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, at IUPUI is the only school in North America to offer a motorsports engineering degree. [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. IUPUI also has the largest number of under-represented minorities in the Indiana University system.[6]

Due to the School of Medicine, the IU Simon Cancer Center, and five area hospitals, IUPUI hosts research on infectious disease, cancer and degenerative disorders.

IUPUI houses five 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, which is preparing a critical edition of the works of the Spanish-born American philosopher and man of letters George Santayana.
  • The Josiah Royce Papers, which is preparing a critical edition of the works of the American idealist philosopher.
  • The Frederick Douglass Edition, which is preparing a critical edition of the writings of the 19th century journalist, orator, abolitionist, and African-American leader.
  • The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, which is preparing a critical edition of Bradbury's short stories.

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 departments

Indiana University programs

  • IU Herron School of Art and Design
  • IU Kelley School of Business
  • IU School of Dentistry
    • 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
    • Departments of: Elementary Education (includes Physical Education and Music Education) • Secondary Education (includes Natural Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences, Language Arts, Foreign Languages)
  • IU Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Departments of: Health Sciences • Nutrition and Dietetics • Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy
  • IU School of Informatics and Computing
    • Departments of: Human-Computer Interaction, Health Informatics, Bioinformatics, Health Informatics Administration and Media Arts & Sciences.
  • IU School of Journalism
  • IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • IU School of Liberal Arts
    • Departments of: Anthropology • Communication Studies • Economics • English • Geography • History • Philosophy • Political Science • Religious Studies • Sociology • World Languages and Cultures • Museum Studies
  • IU School of Medicine
    • 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
    • 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
    • Departments of: Health Administration • Public Affairs
    • Indiana University Center for Health Policy
  • IU School of Social Work
    • offering a BSW, MSW, and PhD program. MSW concentrations include: school social work; child welfare; leadership; mental health and addictions; children and families; and healthcare social work.
  • IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Purdue University programs

  • 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
  • Purdue School of Science
    • Departments of: Biology • Chemistry and Chemical Biology (including Forensic Science) • Computer and Information Science • Earth Sciences • Mathematical Sciences • Physics • Psychology (including Neuroscience)


IUPUI as a whole has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1970.[7] 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.


History at a glance
IUPUI was established via the 1969 merger of:
Indiana University School of Medicine Established 1911
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 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

IUPUI was created in 1969 from the mergers of the Indianapolis extension programs of Indiana University and Purdue University. However, some parts of IUPUI were established before the merger. The historically most prestigious[peacock term] portions of IUPUI are the professional graduate schools and the art school: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 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 in Indianapolis several decades before the merger. 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 concept of IUPUI was first introduced by the formation of the Indiana Purdue Foundation in Fort Wayne in 1958, which led to the creation Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne's Indiana Purdue Foundation is unrelated to IUPUI, but the formation of a joint venture between the two university systems prompted government officials in Indianapolis to consider the same type of merger for IU and Purdue's operations in the Indianapolis area. In addition to the professional graduate schools, IU had operated an undergraduate extension center in Indianapolis since 1916. Purdue, for its part, had opened an extension center in the capital since 1946.

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 different locations in the downtown Indianapolis area. With the formation of IUPUI and the relocation of those academic units to the IUPUI campus, some of those academic units were housed, for the first time, in buildings constructed for academic use, instead of general purpose office buildings.


Main article: IUPUI Jaguars

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, women'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, men's tennis,and women's soccer. 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.

The campus is home to the Indiana University Natatorium, host of numerous national swimming championships, and the 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). In 2010 The Indianapolis Tennis Center was closed, and demolished.


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.[8]

A new 254,000-square-foot (23,600 m2) research building, Research III, was completed in 2008. It is a 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) research complex with direct connections to Research II and the IU Cancer Research Institute. It is also a skyway connection to the Indiana University 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. The former University Hotel and Conference Center is currently being renovated to provide 560 more student housing slots as well as a full service cafeteria and additional classroom space. These new dorms will be ready for the 2013-2014 academic year. Another residence hall with room for roughly 600 additional students is in the planning stages

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.


The IUPUI University Library has developed comprehensive programs in the areas of Information Literacy, philanthropy, 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.

Public art collection

The IUPUI Public Art Collection consists of more than 20 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. The list of public art at IUPUI currently consists of 31 artworks.

Notable alumni


The university offers $50,000 each year to students, faculty, and staff to fund green initiatives.[11] The new campus center has many "green" features,[12] and the school's Renewable Energy Center was named for Senator Richard G. Lugar in 2007.[13] The college received a C- on the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, a publication of the Sustainable Endowments Institute.[14]


External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

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