Indianapolis Advantage

Why Indianapolis?

Indianapolis is the capital city and economic and government center of Indiana. What does that mean for you? You will have the opportunity to study with policy makers, community activists, and groundbreaking researchers, all on one campus.

  • Indiana University Indianapolis is Indiana’s premier health and life sciences campus. Here, you’ll be exposed to exceptional faculty and innovative research.
  • The Indiana State House is just a few short blocks from the Fairbanks School of Public Health, giving our students the opportunity to not just see how public health laws are made, but to also be part of the process. Our students regularly testify in front of Indiana legislators.
  • Indianapolis is home to the largest health systems in Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Marion County Health Department, countless nonprofit organizations and top health-related companies, such as Eli Lilly and Anthem. Our students have unprecedented opportunities to gain experience through internships, capstone projects, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Our public health alumni network is the largest in the state. Our students are able to begin building their professional network from the moment they enroll in our school.
  • IU Indianapolis is a launching pad for study abroad. The campus has partnerships with more than 60 universities. Just in the Fairbanks School of Public Health alone, we offer study abroad opportunities in Europe, Latin and South America, Africa, and Asia.

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Campus details

Campus enrollment

27,690 students enrolled at IU Indianapolis. Of those:

  • 19,197 were undergraduates
  • 8,493 were graduate or professional students
  • 85% of undergraduate students attend school full time

Freshman class of 2022

IU Indianapolis (IUPUI) welcomed 17,727 freshman students in 2022.

  • 70% of freshmen had an average high school GPA above 3.0
  • 14% of freshman students were 21st Century Scholars
  • 88% of freshman students attend full-time 

Student body demographics

  • 92% are in state, 8% are out of state
  • 58% are female, 42% are male
  • 24% are students of color
  • 5% are international students


  • IU Indianapolis researchers were awarded $535 million in external funding in 2020-21
  • The campus includes 109 research centers, including 11 Signature Centers
  • 2,000+ research grants were awarded in 2020-21

Community engagement

  • Students spend 1,000,000+ hours each year engaging with community partners through courses
  • 700+ community organizations have engaged with IU Indianapolis through research, service learning, volunteer projects, and experiential learning
  • IU Indianapolis annually hosts four major days of service and 20+ other service events


  • IU Indianapolis is home to 3,806 full-time faculty in 17 schools and 2 colleges
  • Over 95% of full-time faculty have professional or doctoral degrees
  • 43% of faculty are women
  • 4% of faculty are African American
  • 3% of faculty are Hispanic
  • 34% of faculty are people of color