Why This Matters

  • 56 COLLEGES IN INDIANA

    According to College Navigator, there are 56 colleges and universities in Indiana, including 15 public institutions, 36 private nonprofit colleges, and five private for-profit colleges.

  • $9,780 AVERAGE IN-STATE TUITION & FEES

    According to College Board, the average college student in Indiana paid a little under $10K in tuition and fees during the 2020-21 school year.

  • $14,940 FINANCIAL AID PER U.S. STUDENT

    Nationwide, the average full-time college student in the U.S. received this amount in financial aid during the 2020-21 school year.

Our Research

To accommodate the varying needs, educational goals, and budgets of Hoosier students, Indiana has many higher-learning institutions that range in size and costs. Our guide to the best colleges in Indiana outlines the state’s large research universities, midsize colleges, and small liberal arts colleges. We’ve summarized each school’s unique features, including how many credits students need to graduate, how much students pay per semester, and the available learning formats.

Our guide only contains accredited colleges, which are required to meet or exceed minimum quality standards. In Indiana, most colleges are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. This independent corporation enforces criteria in areas such as civic involvement, academic integrity, course offerings and requirements, and student engagement and retention.

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 60 hours to write this article
  • 168 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 285 education programs we compared

The Top 40 Colleges in Indiana

Best Colleges In Indiana
01
Indiana University, Bloomington

intelligent score 99.14

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 121 credits; Graduate: 18 - 36 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $729.86 per credit
Graduate: $1,629.31 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 812-855-4848

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 121 credits; Graduate: 18 - 36 credits

01
University of Notre Dame

intelligent score 99.01

Award Best for Business

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 credits; Graduate: 30 - 36 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $480.825 per credit
Graduate:$805 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 574-631-5000

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 credits; Graduate: 30 - 36 credits

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Purdue University

intelligent score 98.44

Award Best Research University

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 128 credits; Graduate: 30 - 36 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $604.10 per credit
Graduate: $488.35 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 765-494-4600

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 128 credits; Graduate: 30 - 36 credits

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Ball State University

intelligent score 97.22

Award Best Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 credits; Graduate: 30 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $314 per credit
Graduate: $410 - $1,129 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 800-382-8540

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 credits; Graduate: 30 credits

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Indiana Wesleyan University

intelligent score 94.97

Award Best Faith-Based Institution

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 75 - 120 credits; Graduate: 30 - 33 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $532 per credit
Graduate: $470 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 866-468-6498

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 75 - 120 credits; Graduate: 30 - 33 credits

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

intelligent score 94.59

Award Best Small Liberal Arts College

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 47-51 credits; Graduate: 43-72 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $496 per credit
Graduate: $575 - $750 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 812-535-5151

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 47-51 credits; Graduate: 43-72 credits

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Marian University

intelligent score 94.22

Award Most Innovative

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 128 credits; Graduate: 36 - 38 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $405 - $1,600 per credit
Graduate: $515 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 317-955-6000

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 128 credits; Graduate: 36 - 38 credits

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Goshen College

intelligent score 94.15

Award Best for Studying Abroad

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Award Best for Studying Abroad

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120-180 credits; Graduate: 33-48 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $470 per credit
Graduate: $665 - $850 per credit

accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 574-535-7000

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120-180 credits; Graduate: 33-48 credits

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University of Indianapolis

intelligent score 93.18

Award Best for Physical Therapy

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Award Best for Physical Therapy

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 credits; Graduate: 30 - 60 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $362 - $948 per credit
Graduate: $636 - $650 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 317-788-3368

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 credits; Graduate: 30 - 60 credits

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Manchester University

intelligent score 92.36

Award Best for Early Entry

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Award Best for Early Entry

Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

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Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 121 credits; Graduate: 12-36 credits

Department

Estimated Cost per Credit Undergraduate: $1,105.93 per credit
Graduate: $1,266.66 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 260-982-5000

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs

Required Credits to Graduate Undergraduate: 120 - 121 credits; Graduate: 12-36 credits

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Best Value
Huntington University
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Best for Communications
Butler University
01
Best for Religious Studies
Oakland City University
01
Best for Social Mobility
Indiana State University
01
Best for Degree Completion
Indiana University East
01
Best All-Male Option
Wabash College
01
Best for Nursing
Anderson University
01
Best Tech School
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
01
Best for Mentoring
DePauw University
01
Best Small Seminary
Grace College and Seminary
01
Best Small Nursing Program
Indiana University - Northwest
01
Best for Philanthropy
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
01
Best Small Business School
Indiana University -“ South Bend
01
Best for Teachers
Taylor University
01
Best for Continuing Education
University of Southern Indiana
01
Best Undergraduate Faculty
Valparaiso University
01
Best for Art
Earlham College
01
Best Small College for Finance
University of Evansville
01
Best for Self-Designed Major
Hanover College
01
Best for Experiential Education
Indiana University Kokomo
01
Best Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Franklin College
01
Best for Criminal Justice
Trine University
01
Best for Agricultural Studies
Vincennes University
01
Best for Part-Time MBA
Indiana University-Southeast
01
Best Small Catholic College
Holy Cross College
01
Best Career Education
Indiana Tech
01
Best for Urban Education
Martin University
01
Best for Applied Learning
Purdue University Northwest
01
Best for Ministerial Studies
Bethel University
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Best for Healthcare Studies
Indiana University Fort

 

What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Indiana

When deciding where to pursue your bachelor’s degree, consider whether your chosen state has career opportunities in your field of study. Choosing a state that offers jobs relevant to your major may make it easier to find a job after graduating. In Indiana, the top five industries include goods-producing services; trade, transportation, and utilities; manufacturing; education and health services; and government.

Indiana has a strong economy with nearly 600 growing occupations. Between 2020 and 2030, the top five occupations in Indiana that require a bachelor’s degree and are projected to experience the most growth include software developers, mental health counselors, and therapists.

Indiana is home to numerous large employers, including Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus, Eli Lilly & Company, Roche Diagnostics Corporation, Rolls-Royce Corporation, and Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Incorporated. A full list of the state’s top 50 employers in Indiana can be found here.

What’s Next?

Most Indiana students receive financial aid to help cover the cost of higher education. We’ve put together a list of federal and state resources that can connect you with grants, scholarships, and loans.

  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education makes college affordable for Hoosiers by providing need-based and non-need-based scholarships and grants. It also offers information on preparing and applying for college, submitting high school transcripts for free, and transferring from one college to another.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education uses a student’s FAFSA application to determine their eligibility for need-based financial aid. To find out if you’re eligible to submit a FAFSA application, visit the FAFSA4caster.
  • CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides a comprehensive list of scholarships and grants available in Indiana. You can filter results based on your state and the level of education you’re pursuing and see helpful information regarding application deadlines and qualifications.