Updated on May 23, 2024
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Most commonly known as Purdue University, this branch of the Indiana University System is a large university campus with over 20,000 undergraduate students. Located in the state capitol of Indianapolis, students will have access to a wealth of business and governmental resources that can assist their studies in the form of internships and guest lecturers. This large, public university campus also offers loads of academic and other resources.

Overview of Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Students not only have the benefit of attending a major research institution, but they love that the campus supports extracurricular activities that create tomorrow's most well-rounded leaders. On campus, IU/PU students can take advantage of three centers that provide a terrific indoor workout: Jaguar Campus Recreation, IUPUI Athletic and Fitness Center, and the IU Natatorium, where Olympian Michael Phelps once swam laps. On top of that, the Campus Recreation Outdoor Facility is home to outdoor volleyball courts, basketball courts, and 3,200 square feet of green space for playing catch, jogging, or pick-up games. Students can also enjoy competing against fellow students in intramural leagues in sports such as flag football, dodgeball, and soccer, among many other options.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 52%
Year Founded 1969

Student Enrollment

Total Students29,537


Undergraduate Student

Male 8,893
Female 12,280

Graduate Student

Male 3,513
Female 4,851

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IUPUI Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 6,304
Female 9,916


Male 4,791
Female 7,933

Acceptance Rate79%

Male 76%
Female 80%

Enrollment 3,844

Male 1,450
Female 2,394
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations N/A
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

IUPUI Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Purdue University’s campus at Indianapolis is subsidized by Indiana state taxpayers. As such, it offers Indiana students a terrific value in higher education. Non-residents must pay more, but Purdue does manage to keep costs down for them, too. Thus, Indiana state residents face gross academic costs of only around $11,000. Out-of-state students see their costs rising by nearly 3x to $33,000. They are clearly drawn to the high value of a Purdue diploma. Once living expenses are tallied, both Indiana state residents and non-residents alike see their gross expenses rise significantly. In-state students pay gross costs that are somewhere between $24k and $26,000. And non-residents then pay between $46k and $48,000.

However, these gross costs are only part of the story. Students and their families are always pleased to find that the net costs are more reasonable. In fact, the average net price at Purdue's Indianapolis campus is a mere $12,000, including living costs. This number is even lower for the lowest income bracket, who see their annual costs falling to a mere $7,000. Meanwhile, households that earn over $110,000 pay an average cost of less than $20,000 for a year of study in Indianapolis.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $9,807
Average Total Aid $10,327
Students Receiving Financial Aid 92%
Room & Board $10,000

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,701
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $30,710
  • Books and Supplies - $1,110
  • Room & Board - $10,000
  • Other - $2,494


Purdue University is well-known for its stellar academic reputation. Indiana high school students dream of a Purdue degree that will bring them a lifetime of success. Researchers are interested in bolstering this reputation with solid academic statistics. They review Purdue's retention rate, graduation rate, and more to arrive at an objective view of the institution's academics. The retention rate is deemed important because, when a large number of first-time, full-time students return for a second year, it's assumed that they have found a scholastic home and a campus that meets all of their needs. Indeed, Purdue's Indianapolis campus reports a very strong retention rate of 75%, higher than the national average.

These first-time students also tend to stick around and earn their degree from Purdue. The overall graduation rate is a solid 52%, with 22% reported as transferring to other institutions. Since those transfers often move on to more competitive institutions or schools with specific degree programs that Purdue doesn't yet provide, it can be assumed that they also graduate. Thus, when transfer students are counted, the overall graduation rate may be as high as 74%.

These strong academic statistics may be attributed to a number of factors. However, it could be that Purdue's 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio plays a significant role. It's also known that Purdue supports students with online education, international programs, and a lively campus atmosphere.

Student Population Total

Student Population 29,537

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 896 Total Graduates / 20%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 438 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 137 Graduates
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 87 Graduates
Health Services Administration 72 Graduates
All Business Majors 736 Total Graduates / 16%
Business/Commerce, General 522 Graduates
Tourism and Travel Services Management 137 Graduates
Operations Management and Supervision 77 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 330 Total Graduates / 7%
Mechanical Engineering 175 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 57 Graduates
Engineering, Other 37 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 33 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 264 Total Graduates / 6%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 264 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 247 Total Graduates / 6%
Computer Science 93 Graduates
Information Technology 90 Graduates
Informatics 64 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 45%

Outcome & Salary

Graduates may love their time on the Indianapolis campus, but they are also usually keeping an eye on the prize: a career with a well-paying income. Though there are no guarantees in higher education, researchers have sought out salaries from former students to arrive at target earnings for future and current students. Indeed, the top earning alumni have degrees in computer engineering and report median earnings that exceed $78,000. Of the five top-earning degrees, general engineering students round out the bunch with healthy starting salaries of over $71,000. In fact, the top five earning alumni are all in STEM fields.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $45,100
College Grads Average Salary $65,202
College Grads Mid Career Salary $68,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $652,020
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,332,020
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $39,228
10 Year Projected ROI $612,792
20 Year Projected ROI $1,292,792
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National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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