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Indianapolis & the Community

With just a few minutes' walk or drive from the IUPUI campus, you'll experience everything from modern skyscrapers such as the Chase Tower or the OneAmerica complex to the historic grace of downtown landmarks such as the Illinois Building and the Circle Theatre.

About Indy

Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana and is the 13th largest city in the United States — the third-largest in the American Midwest. The metropolitan area consists of Marion county and 9 surrounding counties and numbers over 2 million residents. The city is known for many things, including the pharmaceutical and related health & life science industries, major sporting events, a cultural destination, and much more.

The urban advantage

Indy is the economic and governmental center of Indiana, and IUPUI students have what we call the urban advantage. Interested in an internship or a career after college? The hubs of state and city governments are just blocks away, and several Fortune 500 companies and non-profits call the city home.

The advantage isn't limited to just jobs. Learning and research at IUPUI are often connected to the city. Museum Studies students find themselves learning in world-class museums near campus. Nursing students participate in clinicals in one of dozens of hospitals and clinics in the city. And many students gain life experience volunteering in local schools and communities, whether tutoring or helping in numerous other ways.

A true cultural destination

Indy residents have known it for decades, but Indianapolis is gaining a national reputation as a cultural destination. The city includes several cultural districts where you'll find the highest concentration of theatres, art galleries, museums, and historic sites.

IUPUI is adjacent to two districts — Indiana Avenue and the Canal & White River State Park. As an IUPUI student, you'll quickly get used to campus events in the historic Madam Walker Theatre on Indiana Avenue, internships at the Eiteljorg Museum, working out along the beautiful canal, or attending huge festivals in Military Park, all literally next door to campus.

» Learn about Indy Cultural Districts

A vibrant downtown

You'll have plenty of city life to fill your "down" time. Like sports? Indy has long been known as the "Amateur Sports Capital of the World," and that doesn't cover the Pacers, the Colts or the Indianapolis Indians, let alone four major forms of auto racing: the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400, the U.S. Grand Prix and the U.S. Nationals drag races.

Want to sample city entertainment? Indianapolis has plenty of music, comedy and dance clubs. If you're a shopper, Circle Centre Mall is just a short hop away. If you're into testing your taste buds, downtown Indy offers a wide array of restaurants, from down-home Hoosier cooking to exotic menus from far-off cultures.

Indy parks and trails meet campus

If you want to spend your free time enjoying Mother Nature, join your fellow IUPUI students in neighboring White River State Park, a favorite tourist stop but also popular with students, staff, faculty - and thousands of downtown residents. Indianapolis boasts 176 city parks covering more than 10,000 acres and featuring almost 65 miles of public greenway trails for walkers, runners, bikers and roller bladders.
» More about Indianapolis parks

Events expand life into the city

The IUPUI events website includes city and arts events, in addition to campus events. In Indy, you'll find tons of festivals, museums, concerts, arts events, sporting events, and much more.
» Events website