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    Top Colleges in Indiana

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: May 7th, 2024

    Indiana’s strategic location has earned it the nickname “Crossroads of America.” With its major highways and transportation hubs, the state offers easy access to travel within the Midwest and beyond. It’s also home to many quality colleges and universities, like Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. On top of that, the state offers strong grant programs to make school more affordable. Check out our list of Indiana colleges to find the match for you.

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    University of Notre Dame

    Notre Dame, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Notre Dame, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    15% acceptance rate
    8,950 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $32,369 average per year after aid
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    Purdue University-Main Campus

    West Lafayette, IN • Public, City

    West Lafayette, IN

    Public, City

    69% acceptance rate
    37,658 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $9,127 average per year after aid
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    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Terre Haute, IN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Terre Haute, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    77% acceptance rate
    2,075 undergraduate students
    87% graduation rate
    $36,277 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-Bloomington

    Bloomington, IN • Public, City

    Bloomington, IN

    Public, City

    85% acceptance rate
    33,995 undergraduate students
    81% graduation rate
    $14,216 average per year after aid
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    Wabash College

    Crawfordsville, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Crawfordsville, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    62% acceptance rate
    840 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $19,772 average per year after aid
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    Butler University

    Indianapolis, IN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Indianapolis, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    81% acceptance rate
    4,388 undergraduate students
    84% graduation rate
    $36,631 average per year after aid
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    Grace College and Theological Seminary

    Winona Lake, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Winona Lake, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    83% acceptance rate
    1,426 undergraduate students
    71% graduation rate
    $18,393 average per year after aid
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    Oakland City University

    Oakland City, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Oakland City, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    73% acceptance rate
    584 undergraduate students
    63% graduation rate
    $11,304 average per year after aid
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    Goshen College

    Goshen, IN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Goshen, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    93% acceptance rate
    725 undergraduate students
    65% graduation rate
    $16,407 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

    Indianapolis, IN • Public, City

    Indianapolis, IN

    Public, City

    84% acceptance rate
    18,707 undergraduate students
    57% graduation rate
    $10,947 average per year after aid
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    Hanover College

    Hanover, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Hanover, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    73% acceptance rate
    1,000 undergraduate students
    63% graduation rate
    $19,722 average per year after aid
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    Holy Cross College

    Notre Dame, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Notre Dame, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    86% acceptance rate
    445 undergraduate students
    68% graduation rate
    $23,745 average per year after aid
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    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

    Saint Mary of the Woods, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

    Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Rural

    70% acceptance rate
    784 undergraduate students
    62% graduation rate
    $15,385 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-Kokomo

    Kokomo, IN • Public, City

    Kokomo, IN

    Public, City

    90% acceptance rate
    2,612 undergraduate students
    43% graduation rate
    $4,757 average per year after aid
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    University of Southern Indiana

    Evansville, IN • Public, Suburb

    Evansville, IN

    Public, Suburb

    96% acceptance rate
    6,031 undergraduate students
    50% graduation rate
    $14,611 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-East

    Richmond, IN • Public, Rural

    Richmond, IN

    Public, Rural

    81% acceptance rate
    2,639 undergraduate students
    43% graduation rate
    $8,149 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-Southeast

    New Albany, IN • Public, Suburb

    New Albany, IN

    Public, Suburb

    90% acceptance rate
    3,427 undergraduate students
    39% graduation rate
    $6,914 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-Northwest

    Gary, IN • Public, City

    Gary, IN

    Public, City

    85% acceptance rate
    2,941 undergraduate students
    38% graduation rate
    $6,666 average per year after aid
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    Purdue University Northwest

    Hammond, IN • Public, Suburb

    Hammond, IN

    Public, Suburb

    76% acceptance rate
    6,396 undergraduate students
    40% graduation rate
    $9,477 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-South Bend

    South Bend, IN • Public, City

    South Bend, IN

    Public, City

    89% acceptance rate
    3,791 undergraduate students
    38% graduation rate
    $8,518 average per year after aid
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    State grants in Indiana

    The Frank O’Bannon Grant

    The Frank O’Bannon Grant is Indiana’s top higher education grant based on financial need. For Indiana residents attending eligible postsecondary institutions, they are automatically considered for this grant when filling out the FAFSA. How much you are awarded depends, of course, on need, but also the type of institution you are going to. Typically you receive more if going to a private school. 

    The 21st Century Scholarship

    The 21st Century Scholarships is a need-based scholarship that Indiana students are automatically enrolled in when they are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch in the 7th or 8th grade. If you are an Indiana student in foster care, you will not need to meet the financial requirements. 

    Indiana tuition reciprocity agreements

    Indiana is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). This organization comes from legislation that made it so 12 midwestern states can work together to provide tuition discounts. Most of these discounts come in the form of providing out-of-state students the opportunity to pay in-state tuition. 

    Here are the states in the MHEC:

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    Frequently asked questions about colleges in Indiana

    What is the hardest college in Indiana to get into?

    The school with the lowest acceptance rate in Indiana is the University of Notre Dame, with only 15% of students being admitted. Although a low acceptance rate can be intimidating, if you think Notre Dame might be the right school for you, then there is no harm in applying.

    Does Indiana have Tuition reciprocity?

    Yes! Indiana is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). This means that by going to school in one of the 12 partner states in the MHEC, you may be eligible to receive tuition discounts.

    Why should I study in Indiana?

    Indiana is widely considered a very agricultural state, meaning if that is something that you are interested in pursuing, there is certainly a market for it. Another thing Indiana is known for is its ties to basketball, creating some of the country’s biggest basketball stars. As far as education goes, there are plenty of great universities to study at in Indiana, especially if you are a sports fan.



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