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Article Sources
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, accessed March 2, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Most Recent Cohorts (All Data Elements): 2014-15, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 2, 2016, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
  • School pages, accessed May 24, 2017: Online Bachelor's Degrees, Ball State University, http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/online/academic-programs/bachelors; About VU, Vincennes University, https://my.vinu.edu/web/external-relations/about-vu; Online Majors, Vincennes University, https://my.vinu.edu/web/distance-education/online-majors; History, About IUPUI, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, https://www.iupui.edu/about/history/index.html; 100% Online Courses, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, http://registrar.iupui.edu/enrollment/4175/special_course_listings/distance/distance.pl?university+100%+Online+(Online+All); About IPFW, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, http://www.ipfw.edu/about/; Online Degree Programs, University of Southern Indiana, https://www.usi.edu/onlinelearning/programs-courses/; Program: Core 39, University of Southern Indiana, http://bulletin.usi.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=13&poid=2401; Online Degree Completion Programs, Indiana University East, http://www.iue.edu/online/; About IU Southeast, Indiana University Southeast, https://www.ius.edu/about-southeast/;
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education, accessed May 15, 2017: 2017-2018 Frank O'Bannon Grants, http://www.in.gov/che/files/2017-2018_Frank_OBannon_Grid_2_20_17_-8.5x11.pdf ; National Guard Supplemental Grant, http://www.in.gov/che/4516.htm; Adult Student Grant, http://www.in.gov/che/4509.htm;
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Effective education throughout the years is an important part of Hoosier culture. The dozens of four-year universities in Indiana work to give students the best online college or campus-based experience possible, and their efforts are reflected in the statistical reports produced by U.S. Department of Education bureaus like National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). We brought together a large amount of data from these national agencies and analyzed it in order to try and separate the best traditional and online colleges in Indiana from the rest.

In this analysis, we wanted to look specifically at four-year schools — that is, colleges that award degrees at the bachelor's level and higher. If you're a student at one of Indiana's community colleges and hope to transfer to a four-year school, make sure to check with your advisor about partnerships and other special opportunities with universities in the state.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Indiana

Here's our list of the best traditional and online colleges in Indiana. To see details about our 13-point methodology for this ranking, including a list of our sources and the different categories we evaluated, select the "Methodology" button below.

Methodology
1Indiana University-Bloomington+
ADMISSION RATE
78%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
18

The No. 1 school in Indiana is also the largest, with a total student body of nearly 50,000. The flagship campus of Indiana University had the No. 1 rates of graduation and first-year student retention among our top ten schools. Only one other school in the state offered a larger selection of on-campus degree programs for students to choose from.

Financial aid was another bright spot for IU students. Just two other schools in the state provided a higher proportion of student aid via institutional grants, and nearly 87 percent of alumni of the Bloomington school were able to repay their student loans within three years of graduation — a higher rate than all but one of the other schools in our top ten.

Additional Info
2Purdue University-Main Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
59%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
17

One comprehensive measure of college affordability is average net price, which takes the total cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and other necessary expenses and subtracts the average expected amount of institutional grant aid to obtain an estimate of out-of-pocket charges. Not only did Purdue put up the No. 1 most affordable average net price in Indiana for low-income students in 2015-16, it ranked in the 98th percentile nationally in that category.

Purdue also boasts the largest academic catalog of any school in the state, with nearly 400 degree programs available on campus. The rates of graduation and first-year student retention were also high at Purdue, both placing at No. 2 among the schools on our list.

Additional Info
3Ball State University+
ADMISSION RATE
61%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$55
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
49

Ball State University goes the extra mile when it comes to accommodating students with various academic needs. Just one other institution in the state reported a larger proportion of tuition and fees being covered by institutional grant aid, for example, and the Muncie school offers whole degree programs that can be earned by studying only in the evenings and on weekends.

Ball State was also one of the top schools for students seeking an online bachelor's degree in Indiana. It offered the largest number of distance education degree programs of any school on our list, and the catalog of online undergraduate programs includes such popular degrees as business administration, early childhood education and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) study plan for working registered nurses.

Additional Info
4Vincennes University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
28

This medium-small public institution in southwestern Indiana is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state, founded in 1801 by President William Henry Harrison. It features the No. 1 most affordable raw cost of tuition and fees in the state and an average net price for middle-income students that ranked No. 5 among schools on our list. Students also typically left school with a remarkably low median amount of college debt — just $14,619 in 2015, according to the NCES — which ranked it among the top 50 schools nationwide on that metric.

VU also had a considerable array of degree programs available in the virtual classroom in 2015-16. Just four other schools statewide offered a larger overall number of online programs than VU's catalog, which includes bachelor's degrees in agribusiness and information technology.

Additional Info
5Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis+
ADMISSION RATE
70%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$55
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
33

Created as a result of a 1969 agreement between Indiana's two largest universities, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has become a formidable urban research institution in its own right. The Indianapolis school features the state's third largest catalog of campus-based degrees, offering more than 270 academic programs at all levels in 2015-16.

IUPUI was also one of the top destinations for an online bachelor's degree in Indiana, offering the second-largest selection of online programs among our top ten schools and featuring hundreds of fully online courses to add extra flexibility to students' degree plans. More than 32 percent of IUPUI students were enrolled in at least one distance education course as of fall 2015.

Additional Info
6Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne+
ADMISSION RATE
92%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
5

This joint effort between Indiana University and Purdue, established in 1964, is somewhat smaller than its counterpart in the capital city, but nonetheless it offers big opportunities to local students. It features the No. 6 most affordable raw cost of tuition and fees among schools in our top ten, and its average net price for middle-income students ranks No. 6 in the state.

Perhaps the most ringing endorsement for IPFW is its commitment to finding institutional money for its students. No other school in Indiana covered a greater proportion of average tuition and fees with institutional grant aid than this Fort Wayne school, and only two other institutions on our list showed higher rates of graduates paying off their student debt within three years of finishing school.

Additional Info
7University of Southern Indiana+
ADMISSION RATE
69%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
6

Tuition and fees were affordable at this Evansville school. Only four other schools on our list posted lower raw cost numbers for basic admissions expenses. The average net price for low- and middle-income students ranked No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, among schools on our list.

USI was also one of the best online schools for Indiana students, according to NCES numbers. Just two other schools in our top ten showed a higher percentage of students enrolled in at least some distance education courses, and online students hoping to branch out into the more diverse campus-based catalog can enroll in an online completion program for Core 39, the collection of general education courses used as a foundation for all bachelor's degrees offered at USI.

Additional Info
8Indiana University Northwest+
ADMISSION RATE
79%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
4

The Gary campus of Indiana University was home to one of the most affordable college educations in the state in 2015-16. Raw cost of tuition and fees at IU Northwest was third-lowest among schools on our list, and its average net price ranked No. 2 and No. 1 in the state for low-income and middle-income students, respectively.

IU Northwest also featured eight out of the ten flexibility measures we looked at in this study, including a tuition payment plan and placement services for alumni once they finish their degree plans. On-campus students with busy schedules may be able to earn their degree primarily or entirely through weekend and evening classes, and course credit may be available for relevant life experience.

Additional Info
9Indiana University East+
ADMISSION RATE
62%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

The smallest school on our list comes in at No. 9, thanks in no small part to the strength of its scores on our affordability metrics. It ranked No. 4 in the state for its manageable raw cost of tuition and fees, and low- and middle-income students paid the state's fourth- and third-most affordable average net price amounts in 2015-16, respectively.

Distance education metrics at IU East were another high point for the Richmond school. Its array of bachelor's degree completion programs available in the virtual classroom earned it the No. 8 spot in the state for online degree variety, and only two other schools statewide reported a higher percentage of students enrolled in at least some online coursework.

Additional Info
10Indiana University Southeast+
ADMISSION RATE
85%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Located just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana University Southeast rounds out our list at No. 10. The New Albany school tied with two other institutions in our top ten at the top of the flexibility category, offering eight on-campus initiatives designed to help students access the classes they need and succeed through their degree programs and beyond.

The number of programs available at IU Southwest was comparatively small, but it did come in at No. 9 and No. 10 in the state, respectively, for the average net price it charged middle- and low-income students. Graduates also reported being able to repay their student loans within three years — the fifth-highest rate among schools in our top ten.

Additional Info

Most Popular Degree Programs in Indiana

We can't say why certain college majors tend to have higher enrollment than others, but we can definitely tell you which ones were the top majors in Indiana in the last academic year. Check out the list of most popular degrees below.

In-Demand Careers in Indiana

Some of the hottest careers in Indiana may be seeking new graduates with exactly the degree you're hoping to earn. Take a look at this list of Indiana jobs that are projected to be in particularly high demand over the next few years.

Career Title Total Employment Projected Job Growth Annual Salary
Pediatricians, General5007.5%$191,230
Family and General Practitioners2,1408%$177,090
Podiatrists20013.3%$148,250
Nurse Anesthetists56018.3%$146,380
Dentists, General1,97014.7%$140,590
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates790-0.3%$138,220
Air Traffic Controllers640-8.5%$128,750
Chief Executives4,9501.6%$126,510
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary31010.5%$122,970
Pharmacists6,3605.9%$120,680

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Indiana

Indiana students may be able to make use of state-based financial aid programs to help pay for college:

  • The Frank O'Bannon Grant provides need-based aid to eligible students and includes academic performance incentives that may increase the annual award.
  • The National Guard Supplemental Grant offers eligible guard members up to the full amount of tuition and fees during fall and spring semesters.
  • The Adult Student Grant provides $1,000 awards to help financially independent adult students return to college and complete their degree.
 
Harry and Arlene Bohr Scholarship Fund
Applicant must be a resident of Blackford County planning to pursue post secondary education in composition, creative writing, english, journalism, or other writing-related fields.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$50,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 1

 

 

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
Anthony Munoz Scholarship Fund
Applicants must be high school seniors who reside in the counties specified by the foundation and plan to attend college in Kentucky, Indiana or Ohio. Students must have a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or at least a 2.5 GPA and must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and financial need.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 1

 

 

 
Anthony Munoz Foundation Scholarship Fund
Applicant must be a student enrolled in or entering an accredited Tri-State college or university who graduated high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA and minimum composite ACT score of 18. Applicant must have attended a high school in the Tri-State region and be able to demonstrate a desire and intent to overcome adversity, have financial need, excel academically, and fulfill a leadership role in the community.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 30

 

 

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Ball State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2000 University Ave
City
Muncie
State
IN
Zip Code
47306
Website
www.bsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
510-600
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-590
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
490-580
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
16,602
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$55
Admission Rate
61%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,498
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
49
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
42%
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
City
Fort Wayne
State
IN
Zip Code
46805
Website
www.ipfw.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
430-540
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
440-550
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
410-520
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
12,160
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
92%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,080
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
39
Number of Online Programs Offered
5
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
32%
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
425 University Blvd
City
Indianapolis
State
IN
Zip Code
46202
Website
www.iupui.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
440-560
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
450-560
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
430-540
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
21,985
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$55
Admission Rate
70%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,056
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
23
Number of Online Programs Offered
33
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
33%
University of Southern Indiana
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
8600 University Blvd
City
Evansville
State
IN
Zip Code
47712
Website
www.usi.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
440-550
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
450-550
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
420-525
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
9,762
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
69%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,178
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
30
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
41%
Indiana University-Bloomington
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
107 South Indiana Ave.
City
Bloomington
State
IN
Zip Code
47405
Website
www.iub.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
540-660
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
510-620
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
38,364
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
78%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,388
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
18
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
9%
Indiana University-Northwest
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
3400 Broadway
City
Gary
State
IN
Zip Code
46408
Website
www.iun.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-510
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
400-510
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
400-500
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,486
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
79%
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,963
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
34
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
35%
Indiana University-Southeast
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4201 Grant Line Rd
City
New Albany
State
IN
Zip Code
47150
Website
https://ius.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
410-520
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
410-510
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,754
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
85%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,949
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
28
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
29%
Indiana University-East
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2325 Chester Blvd
City
Richmond
State
IN
Zip Code
47374
Website
www.iue.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
430-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
430-530
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
410-510
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Fringe
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,562
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
62%
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,930
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
47
Number of Online Programs Offered
12
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
56%
Vincennes University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1002 N First St
City
Vincennes
State
IN
Zip Code
47591
Website
vinu.edu/
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
18,711
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,375
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
28
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
11%
Purdue University-Main Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Hovde Hall of Administration
City
West Lafayette
State
IN
Zip Code
47907
Website
www.purdue.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
560-700
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
510-630
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
25-31
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
30,560
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
59%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,002
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
16
Number of Online Programs Offered
17
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
16%
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