Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
IUPUI can trace its roots back to 1891, when Indiana University offered classes in Indianapolis for the very first time. In the decades that followed, both IU and Purdue proved themselves dedicated to providing higher education opportunities in Indianapolis, offering programs in the liberal arts, medicine, and more. However, the two universities operated independently until then mayor Richard Lugar called for “a great state university in Indianapolis” in 1968. As a result, Indiana University and Purdue University merged their many programs and schools to create IUPUI in 1969. Since then, IUPUI has come into its own, becoming Indiana’s premier urban research university.
The university is home to 17 Indiana University and Purdue University schools, including the prestigious IU Kelley School of Business and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. Combining the assets of both universities, IUPUI offers more than 350 degree programs and expert faculty to help students develop skills and access opportunities that will help them prepare for a strong career and fulfilling life.
At IUPUI, education reaches beyond the classroom. Because the campus is located in the heart of Indianapolis, students will have opportunities to explore their own interests through internships, research, and service learning experiences with nearby companies. The metropolitan area is home to more than 700 businesses, many in health and life sciences, biotechnology, retail trade, and manufacturing industries.
Indy is home to the world’s largest one-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar race, the Indy Jazz Fest, and Gen Con, the longest running gaming convention in the world. Students can also enjoy NBA Pacers games and Indy Eleven soccer. Downtown shopping, entertainment, museums, theatres, and international restaurants are all within walking distance of campus.
Indianapolis is the capital city and the economic and government center of Indiana. And IUPUI is located in the center of it all. Sure—Indy is great for internships and developing some great career connections, but it’s also a place where there’s always something to do. One can find global premiers of a never-before-seen art exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art or can attend an outdoor concert at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.
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