Many of Indiana's independent colleges
and universities consistently place at or near the top
of the higher education rankings, such as those found in
U.S. News & World Report, Barron's, Peterson's, and
The Templeton Guide. The reasons are simple:
Teaching is the top priority of
faculty at Indiana's independent colleges. While
faculty at many private institutions conduct
significant amounts of research, the emphasis is on
helping students meet their educational objectives.
The average student/faculty ratio at
Indiana's independent colleges is 14:1.
Graduates of Indiana's independent
colleges and universities have a high rate of
acceptance into graduate and professional programs.
For example, in Fall 2008, graduates of Indiana's
independent colleges and universities made up 22 percent of the Indiana University School of
Medicine's incoming class.
Indiana's independent colleges and
universities are the choice of more than 87,000 students
More than 230 fields of study are offered on
31 campuses located in every region of the state;
independent colleges and universities are found in
large urban areas, quiet suburban locations, and
bucolic rural settings.
Independent colleges in Indiana
enroll 20 percent of all students and award
35 percent of all baccalaureate degrees in the
Indiana's independent colleges
enroll 24 percent of all minority
While the overall tuition, or
"sticker price," of an independent college
or university is higher than that of a state college
or university, independent colleges and universities
are prepared to meet the financial needs of their
admitted students through generous financial aid
offerings, often resulting in lower "out of
pocket" expenses for many families.
Most full-time students receive
scholarships or other grants that significantly
reduce the cost of attendance. Combining state and
federal scholarship programs, low-interest loans,
private scholarships, and on-campus employment gives
most needy students the resources they need to
enroll at their top choice institution. Attending an
Indiana independent college or university is
therefore possible for students from even the
poorest circumstances. Indeed, more than 90 percent
of the full-time students enrolled at independent
colleges or universities receive one or more types
of financial aid to make their enrollment possible.