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Academic Experience

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: The fine arts program is awesome. I learned so much being there, and had amazing teachers.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: I am in the American Honors Program at Ivy Tech, and I am currently pursuing an Associates Degree in General Studies. The thing about Ivy Tech is that a large fraction of the students there are just getting their General Studies until they figure out what they really want to do. At first, I thought there would be negative stigma around it, like it was just glorified high school, but Ivy Tech treats you like you are important and heading toward greatness no matter what. The AH program has the best advisers in the school, and the AH faculty are very passionate about their subjects. They are all very encouraging and they work together to help students learn to teach themselves. It's called a flipped-classroom, where the students learn the lessons mostly on their own at home and then come to class to discuss and elaborate on new concepts and facts. My workload is challenging, but the support that Ivy Tech lends me through great advisers has helped me get through it.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: It would've been awesome if I studied more but I didn't I tried but not too hard. One thing I regret is not trying. Harder in school

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: As a medical assistant major it is a tougher course load due to the A&P and Medical Terminology Courses. It is pure memorization and you HAVE to make time to study efficiently to do well on the exams. The grading scale for this particular program is also harder...a 92% is considered a B. Where s as an 80%-85% is considered a C. 79% and below is not acceptable for this program. You must study 2 hours per credit hour you are taking in a semester, some may require more. The good news is the professors encourage study groups and have open study sessions at different times for everyone to attend. Going to your professors office hours is very crucial, it shows that you are a serious student and that you want to do well in not only the class but succeed in your future career.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Overall they make sure you are a well rounded student. I would have enjoyed some more career focused classes, but overall I think I am coming out with a good education.

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Lots of the processes at Ivy Tech are very easy to go through because everyone wants you to succeed. The classes are great, and the teachers really interact with you and help you if you are having trouble. The staff is there to make your college experience smooth and helpful. 

The classes are useful to each other as you continue your college experience. Students learn a lot from their classes that they can utilize in life. The teachers are readily available to make sure students succeed. Overall, Ivy Tech has great academics.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
178
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
648
Full-Time Retention Rate
46%
Part-Time Retention Rate
40%
Transfer-Out Rate
16%
Graduation Rate
8%
Colleges/Divisions
  • School of Applied Science & Engineering Technology
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts & Design
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public & Social Services
  • School of Technology
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
120
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping: Unknown
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Medical Assistant: Unknown
  • Registered Nursing (RN): Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Classes fill up quickly, and at the beginning of a semester, you can have large class sizes. However, after the first week or so, students move around their schedules and class sizes get smaller.
Student/Professor Relationships
The classes at Ivy Tech are small enough for the professors to have great one-on-one relationships with each student. This allows students to get a better, more tailored education. The professors are great at accommodating students, and they really want to see you succeed.
Testing & Grading Procedures
The typical grading scale is A, B, C, D, and F. Homework assignments and the final account for a majority of your grade. Some assignments include research papers.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A typical day involves listening to a lecture, taking notes, and getting assignments.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
A typical course involves daily assignments with a few bigger projects, taking notes, lots of interaction with teachers and students, and a final at the end of the term.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
The COMPASS placement test plays a big part in the classes you will be able to take.
Tips to Succeed
Be early for everything-to avoid lines, reserve your spot, and get the classes you want. Ivy Tech has a lot of students, and classes fill up fast, so register for classes as soon as you can. Get to the bookstore early to buy your textbooks, too. Also, make sure you are set up to pay or have paid for your classes before the deadline, or you could loose your spot in those classes.
Full-Time Faculty
217
Female Faculty
54%
Male Faculty
46%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$45,566
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
The Indianapolis campus of Ivy Tech is reportedly the second-largest community college in the United States.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 177 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 10% Will help me switch careers
  • 9% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Waste of time
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

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