University of Indianapolis

Education for Service

United States

History and Mission

Closely connected to our neighborhood

The story of the University of Indianapolis, which was founded in 1902, is closely tied to its surrounding University Heights neighborhood. The two grew from infancy together, and UIndy's commitment to its neighborhood remains strong to this day. Both trace their roots back to the turn of the 20th century when William L. Elder, a local real estate developer, offered the Church of the United Brethren in Christ eight acres of real estate southeast of downtown Indianapolis to establish its desired college, as well as construction of a college building, in return for help in selling homesites around it. Though all 446 parcels had not been sold, Indiana Central University opened its doors in 1905 when the first building, now called Good Hall, was completed. From its beginning, the University has been coeducational and open to all races.

The early years

At that time, instruction was offered by eight departments: the College of Liberal Arts, Teachers’ College, Conservatory of Music, School of Oratory, School of Commerce, Bible Institute, School of Arts, and the Academy, in which students completed their preparatory work and earned high school diplomas. The University granted both bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees. In 1927, the academy was discontinued; also, by that time, most of the other departments had been embraced by the College of Liberal Arts. The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges accredited the university in March of 1947.

Church affiliation and changing names

From 1946 to 1968, following the merger of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and the Evangelical Church, the University was an Evangelical United Brethren institution. Since 1968, when the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches merged, it has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The University was popularly known as Indiana Central College from 1921 to 1975, when use of the word university was resumed. In 1986, the name was changed to University of Indianapolis.  

Our mission

The University's mission is to prepare its graduates for effective, responsible, and articulate membership in the complex societies in which they live and serve, and for excellence and leadership in their personal and professional lives. The University equips its students to become more capable in thought, judgment, communication, and action; to enhance their imaginations and creative talents; to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Christian faith and an appreciation and respect for other religions; to cultivate rationality and tolerance for ambiguity; and to use their intellect in the process of discovery and synthesis of knowledge.

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Key staff:

Robert Manuel, University of Indianapolis president

Robert L. Manuel
University of Indianapolis 
Indianapolis, IN
Trustee since 2012

Since being appointed president of the University of Indianapolis in 2012, Robert L. Manuel has led initiatives that have resulted in record-setting growth in student enrollment, expansion of academic programs and the physical campus and the development of new community partnerships. His Vision 2030 plan (a comprehensive plan to propel the University toward the future in four primary areas: Institutional Competitiveness, University Relevance/Placemaking, being a Sustainable Community Anchor and Innovation) continues to guide the University’s long-term plan for academic excellence and campus expansion.

Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost


Lara Mann
Vice President and Secretary to the University



National Rankings & Awards

Ranked in the top tier of "Best Colleges 2017" for regional Midwest universities by U.S. News & World Report
Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Nursing graduate programs ranked among "Best Grad Schools 2018" by U.S. News & World Report

Nationally ranked graduate programs in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy School of Occupational Therapy and School of Nursing

UIndy is among a select number of universities in the U.S. to receive a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Fewer than 200 institutions nationwide have received the biennial award that honors schools whose mission and actions support community engagement.

best midwestern regional university

college of distinction

Key facts:

Fast Facts

UIndy at a glance

5,500 students on the main campus in Indianapolis, including approximately 1,400 graduate students
Average class size of 17 and student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1

109 undergraduate degree programs, 37 master's degree programs, and six doctoral programs
Largest programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, business, education, and communication
UIndy awards more doctoral degrees than all but four of the largest universities in Indiana
UIndy produces more physical therapists, occupational therapists, and clinical psychologists than any other university in the state and offers the state's only neonatal nurse practitioner program

44 U.S. states and 68 countries represented among students on campus
Nine percent of undergraduates and nearly seven percent of graduate students are international students
25 percent international and minority enrollment
The University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, though a spectrum of faith traditions are represented, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism

More than 600 full- and part-time faculty members
In a national survey of college students, UIndy faculty rank near the top in accessibility and helpfulness
In the National Survey of Student Engagement, UIndy ranked significantly higher in the student/faculty interaction category than all other Great Lakes private schools

NCAA Division II school offering 23 team sports
10 top-20 finishes in NCAA D-II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup in the last 11 years
Six consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference All Sports Trophy wins
Greyhounds won three Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in the last year
14 UIndy teams qualified for NCAA postseason play in the last year
More than 200 student-athletes earned academic all-conference honors in the last year

2018-19 tuition is $28,836 per year; room and board with 14 meals per week is $10,288
Nine out of 10 freshman students receive some type of financial assistance

Residence Life
82 percent of freshmen and 52 percent of full-time undergraduates live on campus
Seven residence halls, as well as 196 apartment units in the new Greyhound Village