History, Affiliations and Rankings
Indiana State University is a public university with a private school approach. Established in 1865 as the Indiana State Normal School, it was founded as a School to train elementary and high school teachers. Exactly 100 years later, it received University status in 1965 after witnessing an increasing student enrollment and the expanding breadth of degree options. Offering world-class yet affordable education to 10,800+ “Sycamores,” Indiana State University is a ground fertile with opportunities. It has several academic affiliations including with the space-grant colleges in the United States. Further, all the programs at ISU are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). According to US News and World Report, Indiana State University ranks in bracket #299-391 in National Universities.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Indiana State University is spread across a 465-acres campus, situated in Terre Haute which is located around 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The campus has a city setting, modernized buildings and plenty of open grounds. The University offers over 100+ academic majors at the Undergraduate level along with optional minors in 90+ areas of study, 75+ Graduate programs and 70+ online programs across its 5 Colleges in addition to a College of Graduate and Professional Studies. These Colleges offer courses in distinct specializations, namely, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Technology and Health and Human Services. Also, Indiana State University offers, and also finances, plenty of out-of-classroom opportunities such as study abroad programs, research trips, or a summer internship in a distant city.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Indiana State University was recognized among the Top 50 Best Bang for the Buck Colleges and Universities in the Midwest by Washington Monthly. This means that a degree from Indiana State holds incredible value and will generate high returns on investment in the approaching years. The University has contributed nearly 1.25 million+ hours worth of community service and has spent nearly $400 million+ in New Construction and Facility Renovation in the previous decade. Further, at ISU, you will complete your degree in the prescribed four years and if not, the University will cover the remaining costs of tuition under the Sycamore Graduation Guarantee. Indiana State has a global alumni network of 100,000+ graduates, 60% of whom live and work in Indiana. Some of the notable names include the likes of Larry Bird (Professional Basketball Player), Michael Evans Behling (American Actor best known for playing Jordan Baker on All American), and Basketball Players, Cooper Neese, Mike Hannahs, Carl Nicks and Jake Lavaria.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
More than 10,800 students are enrolled at Indiana State University, out of which 30% come from outside of Indiana and represent all 50 US States and 65+ countries around the world. A welcoming campus, Indiana State stands for “Blue is Unity,” which means that diversity and difference are celebrated in the Sycamore community. 1 out of every 4 students at ISU belongs to an ethnic minority. Also, in 2019, 395 more women than men received degrees from Indiana State, which is a testament to the University’s culture of inclusive excellence. Further, there are 260+ student organizations to get involved in. Graduates are employed at multinational brands including the likes of Hershey's, Amazon, Rolls-Royce, PepsiCo., Infosys, Toyota, FedEx, Disney, Apple, and more.