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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Indiana include 25 public and 44 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Indiana is $10,040, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Indiana. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs in the central United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Indiana

Best Colleges In Indiana

University of Notre Dame

Wabash College

University of Evansville

Taylor University

Valparaiso University

University of Southern Indiana

Trine University

Vincennes University

University of Indianapolis

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Indiana

When deciding where to pursue your bachelor’s degree, you should 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 production, transportation and material moving, office and administrative support occupations, sales, and food preparation and serving.

Between 2020 and 2030, the five occupations in Indiana that require a bachelor’s degree and are projected to experience the most growth include information security analysts, logisticians, medical and health services managers, data scientists, and agents and business managers.

It’s also worth noting that Indiana is home to numerous large employers, including Indiana University, Eli Lilly, Roche Diagnostics, Toyota, and Suburu.

What’s Next?

Most Indiana students receive financial aid to help cover the cost of higher education. The following federal and state resources can connect you with grants, scholarships, and loans:

  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education. This agency makes college more affordable for Hoosiers by administering 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.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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