8 Most Popular Colleges in Indiana

Find out which of Indiana’s schools have the largest enrollment – and why.

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Thinking about going to college in Indiana? If so, you’re probably wondering which schools are the most popular. Indiana actually has several large and well-known colleges and universities, each with their own unique features and offerings. Find out which schools have the most students and how much it costs to attend.

8. University of Notre Dame

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 11,733

Cost: $35,187

Best Programs: Finance and accounting – 17 percent of students at this school are enrolled of one of these programs.

Fun Fact: At Notre Dame, over half of the students study abroad for at least one semester.

7. Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 11,943

Cost: $5,681 (in-state), $13,199 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services – 20 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: At Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW), nearly half of all classes have fewer than 20 students.

6. Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 13,439

Cost: $2,819 (in-state), $5,653 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health-related professions and business

Fun Fact: Ivy Tech claims to be the most affordable college in Indiana.

5. Indiana Wesleyan University

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 14,756

Cost: $18,284

Best Program: Nursing – 18 percent of students are enrolled in this program.

Fun Fact: The student body at Indiana Wesleyan is more than 60 percent female.

4. Ball State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 19,849

Cost: $7,212 (in-state), $18,280 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Education, business, management, marketing and related support services – 28 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: David Letterman, one of Ball State’s most famous alumni, created a scholarship for media students at this university.

3. Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 29,854

Cost: $6,850 (in-state), $18,904 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health professions and related programs – 16 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) offers some unique majors, such as motorsports engineering.

2. Indiana University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 38,990

Cost: $7,837 (in-state), $22,316 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services – 20 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Indiana University does not have a mascot. Instead, all of the university’s teams are referred to as Hoosiers.

1. Purdue University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 40,534

Cost: $7,416 (in-state), $22,224 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Engineering – 21 percent of students are enrolled in this program.

Fun Fact: Students at Purdue often mark the end of their undergraduate career by running through one of the campus fountains.

Quick Tips

  • Students looking to attend Ivy Tech will be pleased to learn that they have campuses in 30 cities and classes in over 75 communities throughout Indiana.

Stats source: CollegeStats.

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