Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
|Motto||“Fulfilling the Promise”|
|Established||1969, as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities, with IU as the managing partner.|
|Chancellor||Nasser H. Paydar|
|2,152 full time, 927 part time (2014)|
|Location||Indianapolis, IN, United States
|Campus||Urban: 509 acres (2.06 km2)|
|Colors||Primary: Crimson and white; Secondary: Black|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – The Summit League|
|Sports||16 varsity teams|
|Mascots||Jawz and Jinx|
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is a public research university located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Belonging to the university systems of both Indiana University and Purdue University, it is the result of a merger in 1969 of the Purdue Indianapolis Extension Center (1946) and Indiana University Indianapolis (1916). Located along the White River and Fall Creek it sits upon a peninsula adjacent to Downtown Indianapolis.
Among more than 200 degree programs, the urban university hosts the primary campuses for both the Indiana University School of Medicine, with more than 2,000 students, and the Indiana University School of Dentistry; the only dental school in the state. Also represented among the graduate schools, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is one of the only two law schools operated by Indiana University, with the Indiana University Maurer School of Law being the Bloomington equivalent. More than 8,000 students in 2014 were enrolled in professional schools. Total enrollment of 30,690 was reported in 2014, making it the third largest university in the state. Nearly 89% of the student body is composed of native Hoosiers, with 6% coming from abroad and the remaining from out of state.
The IUPUI Jaguars compete in the NCAA's Division I in The Summit League. Several athletics venues are located on the campus. The Indiana University Natatorium is the largest indoor pool in the United States, with a seating capacity of 4,700. The IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium is also host for the city's local soccer team, Indy Eleven.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics and rankings
- 3 Research
- 4 Campus
- 5 Student life
- 6 Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
|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|
|and||Benjamin Harrison Law School||Established||1893|
|•||Indiana University School of Dentistry||Acquired||1925||from||Indiana Dental College||Established||1875|
|•||Indiana University Herron School of Art||Acquired||1967||from||Indiana School of Art||Established||1877|
|Art Association of Indianapolis||Renamed||1883|
|Herron School of Art||Renamed||1902|
|•||Indiana University Indianapolis Extension||Established||1916|
|•||Purdue University Indianapolis Extension||Established||1946|
Founded in 1969, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is an urban campus in Indianapolis – the 14th largest city in the United States  with a population of nearly 2 million in the metropolitan statistical area. The campus is just west of downtown, within walking distance of the state capitol and other governmental offices, and the site of numerous nationally renowned businesses and art, sports, education and health facilities.
In 1968, Dr. Maynard K. Hine, dean of the IU School of Dentistry began working with then Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar, IU President Joseph L. Sutton, Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde and other forward-thinking community leaders to establish IUPUI in 1969 through the merger of the Indianapolis extension programs of both IU and Purdue. Some schools, however, were established before the merger including the IU School of Medicine, IU School of Dentistry, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, IU School of Liberal Arts and IU Herron School of Art.
IUPUI includes the nation’s largest nursing school, the second largest medical school in the country, the only dental school in the state and the country’s oldest school of physical education. IUPUI is among the top 20 campuses in the nation for graduate professional degrees conferred.
As a core campus of Indiana University, IUPUI is governed by the IU Board of Trustees.
Academics and rankings
IUPUI is one of seven campuses of Indiana University and includes two Purdue University schools. The campus offers more than 225 degrees provided by 18 different schools.
IUPUI has more students from Indiana than any other campus in the state, the largest number of underrepresented minorities in the Indiana University system and the largest population of graduate and professional students of any university in Indiana. Almost 75 percent of IUPUI classes have 25 or fewer students.
IUPUI has more than 1,405 tenured or tenure-track faculty members. With research expenditures of nearly $272 million in 2014, IUPUI is the second-largest site for research in Indiana.
- Ranked among the Top 200 “National Universities”, ranked 7th for “Up and Coming School”, and was also recognized for its first-year experience, learning communities and efforts to help veterans and active-duty service members by U.S.News & World Report. For 13 consecutive years, U.S.News has highlighted IUPUI for offering programs that help ensure a positive collegiate experience for new freshman and undergraduates.
- Ranked among the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014
- Listed "With Distinction" in the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by Corporation for National and Community Service
- Achieved Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System silver rating by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
- Received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine
- Was named among the 30 best non-Historically Black Colleges and Universities for minorities in the United States by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
- Ranked as “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” by the Military Times
- Was designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victoria Media Inc.
IUPUI has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1972. In 2013, IUPUI, including its Columbus regional education center, received reaffirmation of its accreditation through 2022–2023.
IUPUI maintains a full complement of disciplinary accreditations that can be found on the website dedicated to the accreditation process.
Schools and departments
Indiana University programs
- IU Herron School of Art and Design
- Departments of:
- Fine Arts (Art Education, Art History, Art Therapy, Ceramics, Furniture Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture)
- Visual Communication Design
- Departments of:
- IU Kelley School of Business
- IU School of Dentistry
- Departments of:
- Oral Biology
- Oral Pathology, Medicine, and Radiology
- Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry
- Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs (composed of Peridontics, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Assisting)
- Preventive Community Dentistry/Oral Health Research Institute
- Restorative Dentistry (composed of Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, and Dental Biomaterials)
- Departments of:
- 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
- Departments of:
- IU School of Informatics and Computing
- Departments of: Human-Centered Computing, BioHealth Informatics, and Library and Information Science.
- IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
- IU School of Liberal Arts
- Departments of:
- Communication Studies
- General Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- World Languages and Cultures
- Museum Studies
- Departments of:
- IU School of Medicine
- Departments of:
- Anatomy and Cell Biology
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Cellular and Integrative Physiology
- Family Medicine
- Medical and Molecular Genetics
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Radiation Oncology
- Departments of:
- 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
- Departments of:
- IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- Departments of:
- 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
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Interdisciplinary Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Motorsports Engineering
- Computer Engineering Technology
- Computer and Information Technology
- Computer Graphics Technology
- Construction Engineering Management Technology
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Healthcare Engineering Technology Management
- Interior Design Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Music Technology
- Music Therapy
- Organizational Leadership and Supervision
- Technical Communications
- IUPUI School of Science
- Departments of:
- Chemistry and Chemical Biology
- Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program
- Computer and Information Science
- Earth Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
- Psychology (including Neuroscience)
- Departments of:
IUPUI's strategic research initiatives include:
- Signature Center Initiative
- Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)
- IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
- IUPUI Imaging Research Institute
- STEM Education Research Institute
- The Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI)
- Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute
- Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
- Indiana Physician Scientist Initiative
- Innovation-to-Enterprise Central
- Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges Student Competition
- IUPUI Nanotechnology Discovery Academy
IUPUI's research expenditures for fiscal year 2014 totaled $271,093,483 with the federal government as the largest sponsor of the research at 61 percent of the total.
The IUPUI campus covers 509 acres and is located in downtown Indianapolis along the Cultural Trail  just two blocks from the Indiana State Capitol and adjacent to White River State Park (home of the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Zoo), Downtown Canal Walk and the Indiana Avenue cultural district. The entire campus is located in the 46202 zip code.
The campus offers several new buildings including:
- University Hall (opened July 2015) – An important milestone on the IUPUI campus, University Hall is the home of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and also offers critically needed additional space for the IU School of Social Work. It also serves as the home to IUPUI administration, the IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations and IU Foundation.
- Science and Engineering Lab Building (dedicated November 2013 with estimated completion Spring 2014) – The first nonmedical science building to open on the IUPUI campus in 20 years contains more than 35,000 assignable square feet for research and teaching spaces. The first phase will include space for biomedical engineering, psychobiology, renewable energy research programs, and biology and chemistry labs. The second phase will provide space for teaching labs, meeting rooms, additional expansions, additional research laboratories and administrative offices for the School of Science administration.
- Eskenazi Fine Arts Center at Herron School of Art and Design (opened May 2013) – An expansion of a 12-year-old facility formerly known as the Herron Sculpture and Ceramics Building, the facility includes a large multi-purpose studio for the creation of public arts projects, as well as graduate studios, classrooms, galleries and a computer lab.
- Hine Hall (opened Jan. 2013) and University Tower and Tower Dining (opened Aug. 2013) – The former University Place Conference Center and Hotel was transformed into a multi-use facility designed to provide student housing, residential and campus dining and additional classroom space. The conversion of the facility began after nearly a yearlong study of the complex's viability by campus and Indiana University officials. Hine Hall offers 15 additional classrooms, University Tower offers residential space for 560 students and Tower Dining can seat 470 simultaneously.
- Campus Center (opened spring 2008) – The Campus Center boasts a 179-foot bellow tower made of limestone and glass and is the hub of student life and serves as a one-stop destination for students, faculty and staff. The Campus Center houses Enrollment Services and the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Scholarship, as well as a Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Cultural Arts Gallery, game room, movie theater, bank, food court, coffee shop, meetings rooms, study spaces and more.
In 2013, IUPUI celebrated the establishment a School of Public Health named in honor of Richard M. Fairbanks. The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health will focus on the areas of urban health, health policy, biostatistics and epidemiology. Dr. Paul K. Halverson was named founding dean of the school.
In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved IU's proposal to create what is believed to be the world's first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy. The school has built on the strengths of the Center of Philanthropy at IU, a pioneer in philanthropy education, research and training. In 2013, the School was named the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy in honor of the Lilly family's philanthropic leadership, as well as their profound contributions to education, research and the well being of society. Dr. Gene Tempel was named founding dean of the school.
The IUPUI campus is home to several nationally renowned hospitals and research entities including Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.
IUPUI also houses five major editorial and research projects in the history of American ideas. The following projects and/or centers are part of the School of Liberal Arts:
- The Peirce Edition Project, which is preparing a critical chronological edition of the writings of the American polymath Charles Sanders Peirce.
- 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.
More than 20 works of sculpture are located outdoors on the IUPUI campus, and the list of public art at IUPUI currently consists of 31 artworks. Additional sculptures are located on private property adjacent to IUPUI including the Indiana Avenue cultural district, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the J.F. Miller Foundation.
In August 2014, “Our Commitment to Indiana and Beyond: IUPUI Strategic Plan” was officially presented to IUPUI faculty, staff, students, stakeholders, partners and the community. The plan focuses on three broad priorities deemed critical to the success of IUPUI, the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana – The Success of our Students, Advanced in Health & Life Sciences and Contributions to the Well-Being of the Citizens of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana and Beyond. Within the broad priorities, the plan established 10 strategic initiatives that positions the campus for greater strength as IUPUI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019, and Indiana University prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2020.
As the result of a recommendation in IUPUI’s strategic plan, the campus established a comprehensive Office of Community Engagement on July 1, 2014. The integration of the Office of External Affairs, Community Learning Network, Solution Center, Center for Service and Learning and IUPUI Alumni Relations, the Office of Community Engagement is charged with identifying engagement focus areas that address high-priority, community-identified needs. New initiatives of the office are focused on family, school and neighborhood engagement; professional development and corporate training; and building a culture of engagement among students, faculty, staff and alumni.
IU’s 2012 economic impact analysis estimates that IUPUI faculty, staff and students generate more than $44.4 million annually in charitable donations and volunteer services, which include $11.6 million donated to local charitable organizations by IUPUI faculty, staff and students and nearly $32.8 million in value of volunteer time provided to area communities by IUPUI students, faculty and staff.
Sustainability efforts began at IUPUI in the early 1990s with the development of a paper-recycling program. In 2005, the efforts became more formal through the development of an interdisciplinary campus coalition, with the formation of the IUPUI Office of Sustainability in 2011. The Office of Sustainability was formed to create a culture of campus sustainability and to make IUPUI a place where students, faculty and staff are engaged in research, teaching and learning about urban sustainability and its best practices.
The Office of Sustainability has recycling and waste reduction programs; initiated energy savings projects including LEED Gold Certification achieved by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute and solar photovoltaic panels on the IU Kelley School of Business; implemented pollution prevention programs; created sustainable transportation on campus including the installation of bike maintenance stations and additional bike racks, supporting the development of a bike hub and establishing a partnership with Zip Cars; and developed an IUPUI Sustainability Certificate for students
For the last three years, IUPUI has been named a Tree Campus USA for its effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification (LEED)
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and certification provides independent verification of a building’s green features. Several buildings on the IUPUI campus are LEED certified:
- Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute (LEED Gold Certification)
- Science and Engineering Laboratory Building (LEED Silver Certification)
- IU Neurosciences Research Building (LEED Gold Certification)
- Rotary Building (LEED Silver certification)
IUPUI has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to expand the campus’s reliance on green power, earning recognition as the Summit League’s most successful practitioner as gauged by the EPA’s 2014-15 College & University Green Power Challenge.
IUPUI students maintain two urban gardens on campus: The New York Street Garden located across from the intersection of Lansing St. and New York St., and the Central Garden located between the University Library and Science Building. These organic gardens produce a variety of vegetables and herbs for use by IUPUI Food Services, the Office of Sustainability’s campus sponsor, and the IUPUI Campus Kitchen.
Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Campus Kitchen opened in 2014  and is a student-led food rescue and distribution operation that transforms used food from IUPUI’s dining hall and gardens; area grocery stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets; and Eskenazi Health into meals delivered to local agencies serving those in need. IUPUI’s Campus Kitchen is the first in Indiana and is one of approximately three dozen such facilities across the country.
IUPUI hosts a produce market the 3rd Thursday of every month at its Campus Center. The market offers a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from IUPUI’s New York St. urban garden, as well as cooking demonstrations with recipes and limited tastings.
IUPUI offers student organizations, fraternities and sororities, cultural heritage month celebrations, Homecoming week festivities, as well as Division I athletics, Jag-A-Palooza and more including IUPUI's signature event, The Regatta.
With an enrollment of more than 30,000, IUPUI's student body (undergraduate, graduate/professional) consists of 56% female and 44% male students, with 89% of students from Indiana. Demographically, the student body is 71% White, 10% African American, 4% Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 5% Hispanic, 6% International, 3% two or more races, less than 1% American Indiana/Alaska Native and 1% unknown.
On-campus housing can currently accommodate approximately 2,000 students and includes Ball Residence Hall, University Tower, Riverwalk Apartments, The Townhomes at IUPUI and Park Place Apartments.
- Ball Hall and University Tower are traditional co-ed halls that house 324 students and 650 students, respectively, in single, double and triple rooms and are dedicated to the housing and development of first-year students.
- The Townhomes at IUPUI house 60 residents in one- or two-bedroom fully furnished units averaging between 650–800 square feet and feature private individual residences.
- Riverwalk Apartments feature one-, two-, and four-bedroom fully furnished units and house 750 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
- Park Place offers over approximately 300 additional residence spaces after all other on-campus housing options have been filled, and has one-, two- and three-bedroom units with full kitchens plus a variety of amenities including a seasonal pool, basketball courts, a convenience store and free laundry.
- North Hall, currently under construction near University Tower and scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016, will offer 700 beds for undergraduate students and spaces to support student life activities, fitness programs, a computer lab, game rooms and laundry.
Ball Hall, University Tower and Riverwalk Apartments offer Residential Based Learning Communities on designated floors, areas or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area. There are 12 different themes including International House, Living Your Freshman Experience, Women in Science, Purdue House and others.
IUPUI also offers a dining hall in the heart of campus inside of University Hall. Tower Dining is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public and seats 470 simultaneously. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Tower Dining offers six different dining options, including special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat.
IUPUI offers more than 400 organizations in which students can get involved. Students can join an existing organization, start their own organization and/or plan, work at or attend a campus activity. The Office of Student Involvement helps students find matching activities outside of the classroom to their coursework, as well as to their academic and career goals. Student Involvement created a one-stop-shop portal that contains a comprehensive list of student organizations, events, FAQs and grant information.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
IUPUI is home to 20 nationally recognized fraternities and sororities that span across three governing councils and include the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council. Student membership in IUPUI's fraternities and sororities has tripled since fall 2010.
- The National Pan-Hellenic Council consists of six of the Historically Black Greek-Letter-Organizations from the Divine 9. These include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- The Panhellenic Council currently consists of five National Panhellenic Conference sororities (Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha), one international sorority that is Hispanic-based (Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.,) and one multicultural sorority (Gamma Eta Sorority, Inc.).
- The Interfraternity Council consists of six North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternities (Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Tau Kappa Epsilon) and one Latino Fraternity (Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.).
|List of fraternities and sororities at IUPUI|
|Fraternity||Alpha Phi Alpha|
|Fraternity||Delta Sigma Phi|
|Fraternity||La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda|
|Fraternity||Omega Psi Phi|
|Fraternity||Phi Beta Sigma|
|Fraternity||Phi Delta Theta|
|Fraternity||Phi Gamma Delta FIJI|
|Fraternity||Phi Kappa Psi|
|Fraternity||Sigma Alpha Epsilon|
|Fraternity||Tau Kappa Epsilon|
|Sorority||Alpha Kappa Alpha|
|Sorority||Alpha Sigma Alpha|
|Sorority||Delta Sigma Theta|
|Sorority||Gamma Phi Omega|
|Sorority||Sigma Gamma Rho|
|Sorority||Zeta Phi Beta|
|Sorority||Zeta Tau Alpha|
Through the Center for Service & Learning and Office of Student Involvement, IUPUI gives students the opportunity to volunteer on campus and in the Indianapolis community through numerous campus-wide service and civic engagement events. During the 2014–2015 academic year, 8,750 students participated in 303,061 hours of service to 438 community partners.
Campus Recreation provides activities that facilitate healthy lifestyles for a diverse population of students, faculty and staff at IUPUI. Membership provides access to swimming at the world-class IU Natatorium, fitness classes, three weight and fitness rooms, recreational open gym, access to the new IUPUI Outdoor Recreational Complex (outdoor basketball courts) and participation in the intramural program, which includes basketball, broomball, dodgeball, flag football, golf, inner tube water polo, kickball, racquetball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball.
IUPUI also has a partnership with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport  and offers discounted fitness opportunities to NIFS for all full- and part-time IUPUI students. Through this partnership, the NIFS initiative fee will be waived and the monthly membership dues will be reduced for full and limited memberships.
The IUPUI Jaguars compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Summit League in 16 men's (7) and women's (9) sports. The Jaguars have earned NCAA Tournament bids in volleyball, NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, women's soccer, men's golf, NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and women's tennis, as well as The Summit League championship in volleyball, men's tennis and women's soccer. Nine athletes have been recognized as Summit League Athletes of the Year, with seven coaches earning Coach of the Year honors. Prior to 1995, IUPUI athletic teams were known as the Metros and were in Division II (NCAA).
IUPUI is home to the Indiana University Natatorium, host of numerous national swimming championships including the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Diving, and the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, host of the 1987 Pan American Games, 2006 & 2007 USA Track & Field Championships and several NCAA Championships. Additionally, the stadium will serve as the home field for the newly formed Indy Eleven soccer team of the North American Soccer League, with the team's debut scheduled for 2014.
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)
Closely affiliated with IUPUI, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus was established in 1970 and is located one hour south of Indianapolis in Columbus, Indiana—an area known for its world-class collection of modern architecture  with an estimated population of more than 45,000. The growing campus serves more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students who live primarily in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jennings Jackson, Johnson, Ripley and Shelby counties, and offers a broad range of undergraduate degree programs in business, communication studies, elementary education, English, general studies, mechanical engineering, nursing, psychology and sociology, as well as two graduate degree programs – Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling.
- Norman Bridwell (Herron 1950), author and illustrator of Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Julia Carson (Law 1963), former Indiana congresswoman
- Vija Celmins (Herron 1961), fine art painter and printmaker
- Dan Coats (Law 1971), member of United States Senate and former member of United States House of Representatives, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany
- George Hill, professional NBA basketball player, point guard for the Indiana Pacers
- Samuel D. Jackson (Law 1917), former member of United States Senate
- Dan Quayle (Law 1974), former Vice President of the United States
- Arthur Raymond Robinson (Law 1910), former member of United States Senate
- Frederick Van Nuys (Law 1900), former member of United States Senate
- Dr. David Wolf (Medicine 1982), NASA astronaut; Purdue University Engineering Graduate
- Samuel E Vázquez (Herron 2010), abstract expressionist painter
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