Top Colleges & Universities in Indianapolis

Top Colleges & Universities in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is one of the most populated cities in the Midwest and a major center for business and education. There are at least 35 local colleges and universities that supply a big portion of the workforce and sports entertainment.

After completing their education, graduates usually work in one of the industries supporting the local economy. They include manufacturing, health care, and retail businesses, with growth pockets in finance and science. Some of the companies offering jobs here include Roche, WellPoint, and General Motors. 

Top Schools

Long one of the best universities in the Midwest, Butler University offers a competitive curriculum in undergraduate programs as varied as Business, Communications, Engineering, Journalism, Mathematics, Religion, and Social and Biological Sciences. About 5,000 freshmen are accepted to the undergrad program every year.

Ball State University has excellent bachelor and graduate programs with emphasis on public service, education, and health. You can receive a Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education, in Executive Development for Public Service, Political Science, Urban Design, and Elementary and Early Childhood Education. For master's degrees, you can pick between programs in applied behavioral analysis (with emphasis in autism), psychology, public service, nursing, political science, and public relations.

Business Schools

The University of Indianapolis - Business And Management program has associate degrees in accounting and business, and bachelor's degrees in supply chain and operations management. According to school officials, courses seek to improve the application strategies of students in business, law, and HR. Normal requirements are 54 credit units for an MBA with a choice of concentrations in HR, health care, and technology management.

The Keller Graduate School Management in Indiana offers many programs in business and management including accounting. Each Master of Accounting and Financial Management degree has three tracks: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

The Lincoln College of Technology  Business And Management program has a specific program requirement for its associate degrees of ten core business courses, six management concentration courses, six general education courses and two electives.

Health and Medical Schools

The Indiana University School of Medicine is one of the area's best medical schools and is widely known for its competency-based curriculum and recent findings in brain science. According to the school, clinical training is focused on gross anatomy, histology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, and neurology. Most of the classes are taught on the city campus but students rotate between hospitals throughout the state in their last two years.

Harrison College offers some of the most varied of associate-level medical programs in the country. Among its degree offerings, there are Medical Support And Technology, Nursing And Emergency Medicine, Office And Administration, and Therapy And Counseling programs.

The University of Indianapolis focuses on the diversity of health care. Its Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Accelerated Master's degree program offer affordable options to any student trying to get into medicine. All programs have prerequisite courses on human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, community health, ethics, and operations management.

Starting in the fall of 2012, look out for Marian University's new college of osteopathic medicine, which will be only the second major medical center in the area after Indiana University. It's expected to admit 600 students.

Performing Arts Schools

Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts is the best conservatory-style program in the area, with a curriculum known for its difficulty. It prepares students for careers in performance, administration, and scholarship. There are degrees in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts that lead directly to jobs with world-class companies. BFA, BA, and BS Dance degrees include classical, modern, and jazz. Media Arts degrees focus on visual and audible art with majors in Recording Industry Studies (audio recording, production) Multimedia (DVD, Web). Its award-winning undergrad Music BA program focuses on Instrumental Performance, Jazz and Lyric Studies. And its BA in Theatre features studies in acting, directing, playwriting, make-up and costume design.

The Art Institutes in Indianapolis also features a well-known program in Drama and Performing Arts, but Media Arts and Animation degree is getting a lot more recent attention. The latter focuses on real-world artistic applications in the animation industry such as illustration, compositing, and 3-D computer modeling.

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