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Frequently Asked Questions


Why IUPUI?

IUPUI is an urban research and academic health sciences campus that offers over 200 degree programs, has over 30,000 students, small class sizes, state of the art facilities and exceptional faculty. To find out what sets IUPUI apart, visit About IUPUI.

What are the admission requirements?

Can home schooled students be admitted to IUPUI?

Yes. Over 150 students have enrolled at IUPUI with home school backgrounds and as a group these students have academically excelled and out-performed the general student population. Our admission requirements for home school students are the same requirements used for students attending public or private schools. For detailed information about what documentation should be submitted with the student's application, please visit our home school page at http://enroll.iupui.edu/homeschool.shtml.

What kinds of degree programs does IUPUI offer?

Students at IUPUI have the incredible opportunity to earn either a Purdue University degree or an Indiana University degree at one location. There are no "IUPUI degrees". From degrees in English to Visual Communications, IUPUI offers the broadest range of degree programs in the state! If you would like to view a complete listing of IUPUI schools and degrees, please visit http://www.iupui.edu/academic/schooldepts.htm.


Is a university education worth the money?

Yes! You'll find the answer to this question in the employment ads of today's newspaper. You'll find the same answer in the offices of Fortune 500 executives, most of whom have college liberal arts backgrounds. You'll find studies that show college grads advance further and faster than high school grads. There are statistics which reveal that the annual earnings of college graduates are 70 percent higher than those of high school graduates. Nothing opens doors of opportunity like a college degree.


How much does it cost to attend IUPUI?

Fees are charged to the student based on the number of credit hours the student is enrolled in. A student who is considered full time must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester. The current rate per credit hour for an in state resident is $247.90. For non-resident students, the rate per credit hour is $860.00. In addition to tuition, there are different fees assessed based upon what types of courses a student takes and how many courses are taken. The Office of the Bursar manages and collects all tuition and fees. A sample fee assessment for undergraduate students that includes both tuition and fees (not books) is available at IUPUI's fee estimator.


Where can I find information about applying for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many resources on the web to find information about applying for financial aid and scholarships. The first step in receiving any financial aid is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available online at www.fafsa.gov. You are able to list up to six schools you would like the federal processor to send your child's information to. The IUPUI school code is 001813. Once your son or daughter has been admitted and the IUPUI Office of Student Financial Aid Services receives the FAFSA information, you will receive an award notification letter letting you know how much aid (including grants, loans, and work study monies) your son or daughter is eligible for. Two great places to start looking for more information are the websites for the Office of Student Financial Aid Services and the Office of Student Scholarships. Also,www.students.gov has a great deal of information about paying for college and FastWeb is a great free scholarship search engine.


Will I receive personal attention at a school the size of IUPUI?

IUPUI does everything possible to make students feel at home on campus. This starts with enrollment counseling and is followed by the Office of Orientation Services. Students have the opportunity to meet, work with, and get to know our staff, faculty, and advisors. Our instructors are accessible and offer weekly office hours to provide extra help to students if needed. If students take some initiative, adjustment to IUPUI will be easy.

What type of support services do you offer?

IUPUI offers a variety of services for students to help them succeed including mentoring, peer tutoring, over 400 student organizations, and counseling (CAPS). Another service to help students succeed is the Math Assistance Center (MAC). This center offers onsite tutoring and mentoring for all students enrolled in math courses. For more support services information, please visit University College.

How large are classes at IUPUI?

Classes at IUPUI are probably smaller than you think. More than 75 percent of IUPUI's classes have 25 or fewer students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. Of course, every college, regardless of size, has some large lectures. In those classes, we strongly recommend that students sit close to the front, ask questions, and take advantage of the professors' office hours and email to discuss their understanding of the material and their progress in the course.

Where do students live?

IUPUI has students who live on campus and students who choose to live off campus and commute. IUPUI on campus housing offers a traditional residence hall housing option in Ball Residence Hall which houses over 320 first year students. Freshmen are encouraged to reside in Ball Residence Hall and participate in the "Living Your Freshman Experience (LYFE)" Residential Learning Community. The Office of Housing and Residence Life also offers the Campus Apartments on the River Walk as one, two, and four bedroom furnished apartment style living – each with full kitchens and laundry facilities, includes all utilities (high speed internet, phone, and cable TV), and access to academic support resources, programming and amenities geared towards your academic success while living on campus. Please see http://www.life.iupui.edu/housing/ for more information regarding student housing options.

How safe is the campus?

IUPUI employs 34 full-time sworn police officers. The full-time and student police officers are certified as law enforcement officers by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board and meet the same standards as other law enforcement officers in Indiana. In an effort to provide protection and security to the campus, the IUPUI Police provide a number of services including over ninety yellow emergency telephones on campus which are direct lines to the IUPUI Public Safety Dispatch Center. These provide free access for people on campus to request any type of assistance. The IUPUI Police also provide or will facilitate informational sessions on any subject relating to crime prevention, security issues, and other related topics. In addition, students may obtain an IUPUI Campus Police escort to their car or another building on campus by calling (317) 274-SAFE (7233) 24 hours a day. All crime statistics are reported on the IUPUI Police website which can be found at www.police.iupui.edu.

Does IUPUI do anything to promote diversity?

ABSOLUTELY! IUPUI students are as diverse as the city around them, coming from many walks of life, varied ethnic cultures, with different personal, academic, and professional goals. The IUPUI Office of Student Life and Diversity supports this diversity by providing a variety cultural, leadership, social, and educational programs. Student life at IUPUI promotes opportunities for mutual understanding and respect of world cultures and individual differences within a community of high expectations for academic success. IUPUI has approximately 30,000 students representing all 50states and over 140 countries! For more information about diversity and diversity initiatives at IUPUI, please visit http://diversity.iupui.edu/index.html and http://life.iupui.edu/.

If my son or daughter needs special assistance due to a disability, does IUPUI have services available to assist them?

Yes. Adaptive Educational Services (AES) works to make campus life and learning accessible for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who enroll in classes seek the same educational opportunities as other students. AES assists students with disabilities to achieve their educational goals through such services as note taking, interpreting, and test proctoring. AES's goal is to provide the means for students with disabilities to achieve their academic goals. IUPUI is actively engaged in efforts to modify both attitudinal and structural barriers to allow students full advantage of their right to an education. As a result, new buildings are being designed as accessible facilities, older structures are being modified so that programs and activities are accessible to all, and special adaptive equipment is becoming increasingly available. To find out more about Adaptive Educational Services, please visit http://life.iupui.edu/aes/.

How can I schedule a campus visit?

Anytime is a wonderful time to visit IUPUI as you continue along your college selection process. We offer campus tours led by current IUPUI students and staff so that you can gain from their perspective on our university and find out why IUPUI was the right choice for them. The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half. This includes many of our classroom buildings, our world-class sports facilities, our state of the art library, and a glimpse of our unbelievable technology.

While you are on campus, you may also individually explore our world-renowned medical facilities at IUPUI, visit our bookstore, and see the many other opportunities our campus has to offer. If you would like to speak to a specific department or office, our staff would be more than happy to put you in touch with them when you reserve your tour. Want to schedule a tour? We have a flexible calendar that offers many morning and afternoon tours, as well as some Saturdays. Please visit visit.iupui.edu or call the Office of Campus Visits at (317) 274-8482. Let us know when you would like to visit campus, and our staff will work to accommodate your request. We will contact you to confirm details pertinent to your visit. For more information please visit www.visit.iupui.edu.

Do you offer open house days throughout the year?

Yes. We offer topical sessions called JagDays. JagDays are day-long programs for prospective students. The day includes interactive, personalized experiences with academic units as well as the traditional IUPUI tours and information presentations. In order to schedule the best JagDay for your interests, visit the JagDays web site for more information on the current JagDays schedule. Space is limited, so register today!