Indianapolis, IN
Tuition (in-state)
$29,062 ($8,605)
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3 College Freshman

Facilities: I have always been able to find what I needed, when I needed it.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Student life is nice on campus there are a lot of places to meet up and study or just hang out with friends. The majority of student life activities are put on my student housing so if you don't live on campus its hard to know about the events. Our student center is very nice there are many things to do there. Our library is one of a kind with tons of computer labs and many different resources available to students.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Some unique things on campus would have to be the five hospitals that are located on campus. This is great for students in the medical fields since there are some classes that actually go and work in the labs and with patients. Another unique feature would be our swimming pool it is the fastest pool in the United States and hosts many professional events. Also a semi professional soccer team plays on campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are numerous places to relax, indoors and outside. There are hundreds of clubs and activities. The library has many resources and, if you cannot find what you need, you can have it shipped to you from another IU campus for free. They offer academic help centers. The campus is beautiful.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The location provides convenient access to city activities. There are many opportunities on campus (volunteering in one of the hospitals, research, and jobs). The school offers degrees that are not available at any other campus in Indiana such as Forensic Science and Philanthropy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 30th
    Best Student Centers
  • 197th
    Best Library
  • 783rd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1241st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1271st
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kourtney Forrester
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There is always something do anywhere you go, but the question is, will you enjoy yourself in a quality situation? IUPUI students desire improvement to the facilities around campus in general. Most of the computer facilities are satisfactory and the new Student Center should really begin to turn the campus around. However, at this point, students are eager to see some more changes in the facilities at IUPUI, particularly the workout facilities. The Recreational Fee (the fee charged to use these facilities) currently runs at around $20 for any undergrad student. This fee increases if a student would like more access to better equipment, swimming facilities, and IR sports facilities.

To get the most bang for your buck, be sure to use the IU Natatorium and Olympic class swimming pool. The IU Natatorium is a world-famous swimming pool and has hosted the Olympic Trials and the NCAA’s Women’s Swimming Championship. Students come from all corners of the country to swim and compete in the natatorium.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
509 acres
Student Centers
IUPUI Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Herron School of Art Library
  • Ruth Lilly Law Library
  • Ruth Lilly Medical Library
  • School of Dentistry Library
  • University Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Center
  • The pyramid fountain behind the library
  • Taylor Hall (inside and outside, depending on the season)
Bar on Campus
Chancellors, on the first level of the University Hotel and Conference Center
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, Starbucks and Barnes & Noble in the Campus Center
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • Broad Ripple: A cultural arts district on the far north side of Indy where students like to party
  • CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Genesis: The IUPUI student literary publication
  • Indy: Short for Indianapolis
  • IT: Information technology
  • Jag Tag: IUPUI student identification card; use this to get food on campus and discounts in the city.
  • Mass Ave: Massachusetts Avenue; a cultural district downtown
  • The Nat: Another name for the IU Natatorium on New York Street
  • NIFS: National Institute for Fitness and Sports. It sits directly behind IUPUI and has some nationally-renowned programs.
  • Oncourse: This is a Web-based classroom tool that is exclusive to IU campuses, where students and faculty can communicate through secure e-mail and messaging.
  • Rec Fee: A per-semester fee that you will need to pay if you want to use the athletic facilities to swim or work out
  • River Crossing at Keystone: This is a mall where the students with more disposable income like to shop for clothes at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • Sagamore: The school newspaper
  • SPEA: School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Student Life and Diversity: The office where you can find out about how to get involved and start a new student organization
  • UCOL: The University College building where most incoming freshmen register and have orientation.
  • USG: Undergraduate Student Government. Get involved!
  • Carnival in the Courtyard: This event takes place in the courtyard in front of University College and kicks off the beginning of the year. There are musical acts and carnival rides at this event.
  • Dance Marathon: Sponsored by the Student Foundation, the IUPUI Dance Marathon is a 14-hour long event to raise money for Riley Children's Hospital that features live music and free food.
  • Faces of America: This is a one-person play that represents the diversity of IUPUI and the world.
  • Fountain Fest: This celebration takes place in the spring when the pyramid fountain behind the library is finally turned on. There is music and food served at this festival.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: This is usually a day off for students, but at IUPUI, it is a day of service. Several IUPUI students get together on MLK Day and do service projects around the city.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner: Commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event takes place during Black History Month (February) when IUPUI is celebrating African American heritage and culture. The MLK Dinner always has a speaker who represents the work of Martin Luther King.
  • Movie in the Courtyard: The Student Activities Programming Board and other service organizations put a huge screen in the University College courtyard and play a free movie for students.
  • Spring Dance: This is the spring semester dance. Bring a date!
  • Student Involvement Fair: This is a big event for student organizations because they have the opportunity to recruit and network. Students get to sign up for student organizations here, as well.
Urban Legends
  • IUPUI is a school for underachievers and IU dropouts.
  • The campus is completely connected by underground walkways and tunnels.
Favorite Things To Do
Before or after class, you can lift weights, swim in a world-class swimming pool, get fit at a nationally-renowned fitness facility, attend one of several lunch-series discussions, or take a run on the stadium-lit track. Lots of students like to get a full-body workout at the IU Natatorium—this swimming facility has been host of the Olympic trials and the NCAA Women’s Championship. Many students also like to attend lunch-series discussions on topics ranging from the war in Iraq to computer information systems to constitutional law. Or you can go to the basement of the Campus Center to watch TV and go to the game room to play Ping-Pong, board games, or even Guitar Hero.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 86 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 25% Movie in the Courtyard
  • 20% Student Involvement Fair
  • 15% Carnival in the Courtyard
  • 10% Dance Marathon
  • 10% I never went to any campus events
  • 10% The annual Regatta
  • 5% Fountain Fest
  • 5% Church Fellowship Groups
  • 0% Spring Dance
  • 0% Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner
  • 0% Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
  • 0% Faces of America

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 13 responses

  • 37% Campus Center
  • 27% 4th floor collaborative space in the library
  • 20% The pyramid fountain behind the library
  • 10% Downtown
  • 3% Herron
  • 3% ET building

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 33% They are very limited, but i would say O-team
  • 20% Testing lab
  • 20% There are a ton of options!
  • 13% Barnes and Noble
  • 13% TA for classes or PLTL (peer led team learning)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 99 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 4% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 26% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 69% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 99 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 17% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 26% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 60% Undefeated Football Team
  • 30% That the campus has been around for a while!
  • 10% The tunnels below the school.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 62% Hang out in the modern social spots
  • 38% Go walk the canal when it gets nice out


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