Top Indiana Colleges

Learn about 15 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Indiana

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 Irwin Library
Butler University Irwin Library. PALNI Libraries / Flickr
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DePauw University Performing Arts Center
DePauw University Performing Arts Center. Rovergirl88 / Wikimedia Commons
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Earlham College
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Goshen College
Goshen College. taygete05 / Flickr
  • Location: Goshen, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 839 (773 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private college affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA
  • Distinctions: 10 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
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Hanover College
Hanover College. AdamC2028 / Wikimedia Commons
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Indiana University Tower
Indiana University Tower. prw_silvan / Flickr
  • Location: Bloomington, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 48,514 (38,364 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public research university
  • Distinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; membership in the Association of American Universities for research strengths; attractive 2,000-acre campus; Hoosiers compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference
  • For acceptance rate, financial aid, costs and other information, visit the Indiana University profile
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Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University. greatdegree / Flickr
  • Location: Marion, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 14,730 (10,187 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
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Main Building at the University of Notre Dame
Main Building at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove
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Purdue University
Purdue University. linademartinez / Flickr
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Barbara Ann Spengler / Flickr
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Saint Mary's College Indiana
Saint Mary's College Indiana. Jaknelaps / Wikimedia Commons
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Taylor University Tower
Taylor University Tower. Andyrowell94 / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Upland, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 2,168 (2,126 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private interdenominational evangelical university
  • Distinctions: top ranked college for the Midwest region; good educational value; university experience emphasizes the integration of faith and learning; 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio
  • For acceptance rate, financial aid, costs and other information, visit the Taylor University profile
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University of Evansville
University of Evansville. Avontbone / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Evansville, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 2,495 (2,331 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university affiliated with the Methodist Church
  • Distinctions: 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 18; students come from roughly 40 states and 50 countries; strong international efforts; popular professional programs such as business, education, exercise science and nursing; Purple Aces compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference
  • For acceptance rate, financial aid, costs and other information, visit the University of Evansville profile
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Valparaiso University Football
Valparaiso University Football. SD Dirk / Flickr
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Wabash College
Wabash College. Courtesy of Wabash College
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Grove, Allen. "Top Indiana Colleges." ThoughtCo, Oct. 8, 2016, thoughtco.com/top-indiana-colleges-788309. Grove, Allen. (2016, October 8). Top Indiana Colleges. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/top-indiana-colleges-788309 Grove, Allen. "Top Indiana Colleges." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/top-indiana-colleges-788309 (accessed December 11, 2017).