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Top Indiana Colleges

Learn about 15 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Indiana

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From a huge public university like Indiana University to a small liberal arts college like Wabash, Indiana offers a great range of options for higher education. The 15 top Indiana colleges listed below vary so much in size and mission that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking. The schools were chosen based on factors such as academic reputation, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, six-year graduation rates, selectivity, financial aid and student engagement. Notre Dame is the most selective college on the list.

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Butler University

Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall
KimManleyOrt / Flickr
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 4,505 (3,726 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Distinctions: founded in 1855; 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 20; students from 43 states and 52 countries; competes in the NCAA Division I Horizon League and Pioneer Football League
  • For acceptance rate, financial aid, costs and other information, visit the Butler University profile
  • GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph for Butler Admissions

DePauw University

DePauw University Performing Arts Center
Rovergirl88 / Wikimedia Commons

Earlham College

Earlham College
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Goshen College

Goshen College
taygete05 / Flickr
  • Location: Goshen, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 1,017 (974 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private college affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; college emphasizes building community; strong study abroad program; good grant aid; 1,189-acre nature sanctuary and a biology lab in the Florida Keys
  • For acceptance rate, financial aid, costs and other information, visit the Goshen College profile
  • GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph for Goshen Admissions

Hanover College

Hanover College
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  • Location: Hanover, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 938 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
  • Distinctions: 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 14; emphasis on experiential learning; close proximity to the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge and Clifty Falls State Park; large 650-acre campus on the Ohio River
  • For acceptance rate, financial aid, costs and other information, visit the Hanover College profile
  • GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph for Hanover Admissions

Indiana University

Indiana University Tower
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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University
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  • Location: Marion, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 15,345 (10,331 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university affiliated with the Wesleyan Church
  • Distinctions: Christ-centered university identity; significant growth in recent decades; strong professional programs such as business and nursing; 345-acre campus
  • For acceptance rate, financial aid, costs and other information, visit the Indiana Wesleyan University profile
  • GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph for Indiana Wesleyan Admissions

Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Golden Dome
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Purdue University

Purdue Bell Tower
The Udall Legacy Bus Tour: Views from the Road / Flickr

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
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