The story of the University of Indianapolis, which was founded in 1902, is closely tied to its surrounding University Heights neighborhood. The two grew from infancy together, and UIndy's commitment to its neighborhood remains strong to this day.
Both trace their roots back to the turn of the 20th century when William L. Elder, a local real estate developer, offered the Church of the United Brethren in Christ eight acres of real estate southeast of downtown Indianapolis to establish its desired college -- as well as the construction of a college building -- in return for help in selling homesites around it. Though all 446 parcels had not been sold, Indiana Central University opened its doors in 1905 when the first building, now called Good Hall, was completed.
At that time, the instruction was offered by eight departments: the College of Liberal Arts, Teachers’ College, Conservatory of Music, School of Oratory, School of Commerce, Bible Institute, School of Arts, and the Academy, in which students completed their preparatory work and earned high school diplomas. The University granted both bachelors of arts and master of arts degrees. In 1927, the academy was discontinued; also, by that time, most of the other departments had been embraced by the College of Liberal Arts. The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges accredited the university in March of 1947.
From 1946 to 1968, following the merger of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and the Evangelical Church, the University was an Evangelical United Brethren institution. Since 1968, when the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches merged, it has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
The University was popularly known as Indiana Central College from 1921 to 1975 when the use of the word university was resumed. In 1986, the name was changed to University of Indianapolis. From its beginning, the University has been coeducational and open to all races.
UIndy has had nine presidents: 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 (2005–2012) and Robert L. Manuel (2012-present).
The University's mission is to prepare its graduates for effective, responsible, and articulate membership in the complex societies in which they live and serve, and for excellence and leadership in their personal and professional lives. The University equips its students to become more capable of thought, judgment, communication, and action; to enhance their imaginations and creative talents; to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Christian faith and an appreciation and respect for other religions; to cultivate rationality and tolerance for ambiguity; and to use their intellect in the process of discovery and synthesis of knowledge.
To achieve its mission, the University:
- Complements academic majors and professional programs with a general-education curriculum that includes courses focusing upon inquiry, abstract logical thinking, and critical analysis; writing, reading, speaking, and listening; values and their impact upon judgment; international and multicultural experiences; understanding numerical data; developing historical consciousness; comprehending science and its methods; and experiencing and appreciating the arts;
- Provides high-quality programs and services that are reviewed regularly and maintained, developed, or redirected as needed;
- Offers learning opportunities and programs of study that respond in innovative ways to the needs of both traditional and nontraditional students;
- Fosters a campus culture that embraces and celebrates human diversity;
- Maintains a faculty of qualified professionals who are sensitive to developments in their disciplines and who demonstrate a commitment to teaching;
- Seeks strategic partnerships with campus, city, state, national, and global communities;
- Establishes international relationships and programs that promote intercultural understanding, awareness, and appreciation;
- Capitalizes on opportunities created by changing circumstances, pursuing initiatives consistent with its mission.
Fast Facts About UIndy
- 5,500 students on the main campus in Indianapolis, including approximately 1,400 graduate students
- Average class size of 17 and student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1
- 109 undergraduate degree programs, 37 master's degree programs, and six doctoral programs
- Largest programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, business, education, and communication
- UIndy awards more doctoral degrees than all but four of the largest universities in Indiana
- UIndy produces more physical therapists, occupational therapists, and clinical psychologists than any other university in the state, and offers the state's only neonatal nurse practitioner program
- 44 U.S. states and 68 countries represented among students on campus
- Nine percent of undergraduates and nearly seven percent of graduate students are international students
- 25 percent international and minority enrollment
- The University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, through a spectrum of faith traditions are represented, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism
- More than 600 full- and part-time faculty members
- In a national survey of college students, UIndy faculty rank near the top in accessibility and helpfulness
- In the National Survey of Student Engagement, UIndy ranked significantly higher in the student/faculty interaction category than all other Great Lakes private schools
National Rankings & Awards
- Ranked in the top tier of "Best Colleges 2017" for regional Midwest universities by U.S. News & World Report
- Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing graduate programs ranked among "Best Grad Schools 2018" by U.S. News & World Report
- Nationally ranked graduate programs in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, School of Occupational Therapy and School of Nursing
- UIndy is among a select number of universities in the U.S. to receive a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Fewer than 200 institutions nationwide have received the biennial award that honors schools whose mission and actions support community engagement.
- NCAA Division II school offering 23 team sports
- 10 top-20 finishes in NCAA D-II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup in the last 11 years
- Six consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy wins
- Greyhounds won three Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in the last year
- 14 UIndy teams qualified for NCAA postseason play in the last year
- More than 200 student-athletes earned academic all-conference honors in the last year
- 2017-18 tuition is $27,860 per year; room and board with 14 meals per week is $9,988
- Nine out of 10 freshmen students receive some type of financial assistance
- 82 percent of freshmen and 52 percent of full-time undergraduates live on campus
- Seven residence halls, as well as 196 apartment units in the new Greyhound Village
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