Local Atmosphere

Location
Indianapolis, IN
Undergrads
16,127
Tuition (in-state)
$29,062 ($8,605)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love living here in Indianapolis, the city is beautiful, there is always something to do and something to see!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My school is part of the city. There is always something to do here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Indianapolis isn't the most fun of cities, but if you look hard enough, you'll find a few gems.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is right in downtown Indianapolis, so there are quite a few things close by to do - shopping, sports, bars, etc. It isn't really a "college town" though.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Located in the middle of downtown Indianapolis, there's always something to do around campus. The campus itself is within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Zoo, and Circle Center Mall.

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Kourtney Forrester
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Indianapolis is a great city with a lot of potential, but many of the locals limit themselves socially and intellectually. Too many college students spend their entire week waiting for the weekend, when they can escape into a local pub or nightclub. Few get together for a trip to the museum, classical concert, lecture, or an art fair. Many IUPUI students wouldn’t think of putting that much effort into going out on a Friday night. Try not to fall into this category and explore the possibilities of intellectual stimulation and the arts in Indianapolis. There are a number of cultural districts and local settings that are conducive to both cerebral celebration and a relaxed evening out. Take advantage of free music at the Indiana Historical Society and serene walks along the canal.

Don’t get me wrong—there is a special population of students that are intellectually and artistically inclined enough to seek out a jazz show, symphony, reading, or lecture. Although it is nice to go out and have a nice Guinness or a glass of cabernet once in a while, do not be the student who gets caught in the vicious cycle of drinking every weekend and limiting your brain and spirit. Have fun, be responsible, and soak in the possibilities. Read the local, weekly magazine Nuvo for tips on where to find a fun, free event.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in the 2007 Super Bowl Championship.
  2. Music begins and ends in Indianapolis. Jimi Hendrix started his career here en route to Chicago at the Slippery Noodle Inn, and Elvis Presley played his last live concert appearance at Market Square Arena.
  3. The world's first transistor radio was made in Indianapolis.
  4. With a permanent seating capacity of over 250,000 people and an infield spectator capacity exceeding 150,000, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting facility in the world.
  5. The debut of singer Frank Sinatra was in Indianapolis at the Lyric Theater February 2, 1940, appearing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Notable Natives
  • Larry Bird
  • Bill Blass
  • James Dean
  • Alfred Guthrie
  • Michael Jackson
  • Buck Jones
  • Bobby Knight
  • David Letterman
  • Eli Lilly
  • Shelley Long
  • Dan Quayle
  • James Whitcomb Riley
  • Red Skelton
  • Booth Tarkington
Local Slang
  • Broad Ripple: Cultural district on the northeast side of Indianapolis, about eight miles from IUPUI
  • Fountain Square: Cultural district near the south side
  • Hoosier: An old term, originating in the South, used to denote a hick or an awkward, uncouth individual from Indiana
  • Indy: Short for Indianapolis (e.g., "the Indy 500")
  • Naptown: Nickname for Indianapolis
  • Tight: Adjective meaning awesome or impressive
Points of Interest
  • Bloomington Cave
  • Conseco Fieldhouse
  • Easley Winery
  • Indiana Repertory Theater
  • Indianapolis Art Museum
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Massachusetts Avenue
  • Monon Trail
  • Monument Circle
  • White River Gardens
Shopping Centers
  • Castleton Square Mall
  • Circle Center Mall
  • Metropolis in Plainfield
  • Park Greenwood Mall
  • River Crossing at Keystone
Movie Theaters
IMAX Theater at White River State Park
650 W. Washington St.
Downtown
(317) 233-4629
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Showplace 16
4325 S. Meridian St.
Indianpolis
(317) 784-1367
Movie Theaters
United Artists Circle Center 9
49 W. Maryland St.
Downtown
(317) 237-6356
Major Sports Teams
  • Indianapolis Colts: football
  • Indianapolis Fever: WNBA basketball
  • Indianapolis Pacers: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Chicago: IL: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 138 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 22% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 71% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 138 responses

  • 9% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 36% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 54% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 138 responses

  • 14% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% Totally.

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