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Major Decision Students have many resources to help them choose their best path of study in college

by Laura Kruty


Don’t panic if you don’t have a major in mind. You’ve got the time— and resources—to figure it out.

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ith dozens of majors from which to choose, picking only one to focus on can be difficult. Whether you’re at a loss as to what you want to pursue, or your mind is spinning with multiple options, colleges have many tools to help students confidently make a decision. Before setting foot on campus, it’s important to take a strong core of highschool classes. John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing, and communications at Indiana State University, recommends that college-bound students take as much math, English, and science as possible. “The ability to organize thoughts and express them in a logical manner and think analytically will prepare a student for the broadest range of majors,” he says. Even if you enter college with a loaded transcript, you may still be uncertain as to which path to follow. That’s okay. Jenny Morris, director of internships at Marian University, says there’s an assumption that freshmen have to know their major, which isn’t true. It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want to study, but if you don’t, you’ve got some time to figure it out. “The great thing about the curriculum is that you can explore,” says Kris Rogers, ISU’s director of marketing. Use your first year to take a variety of classes, including general prerequisites and those in which you have an interest. Though there’s no set time for choosing a major, ISU recommends picking one by the beginning of sophomore year. Jump into a major too soon and you could find yourself playing catch-up should you change your mind later. By taking requirements for the new major, as well as prerequisites you might not have already completed, you run the risk of not graduating within four years—which will increase your costs. All schools have resources to help


undecided students. At Marian and ISU, students can use online tools that suggest a career path based on skills, interests, and values. Morris and Beacon recommend meeting regularly with academic advisors, who can guide students through the course catalog and help build an academic plan based on the student’s goals and aspirations. “Far too often I have seen students take more than four or five years to graduate because they listened to friends rather

than to their advisors,” Beacon says. As you start to think about the path you might take toward a career, it’s important to remember that choosing a specific major does not have to limit your job options. “People who think an English major can only teach English in school don’t realize that every instruction manual that comes with a piece of equipment was written by someone who thinks logically and has a command of English writing and communicating,” Beacon says.

Hands-on work at Indiana State University.

Wanted: Experience Regardless of the major you choose, real-life experience and skills that can translate to any career are always going to be attractive to a company. “Employers want proof that students can successfully apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world,” says Jenny Morris of Marian University. “Specifically, they want a leader, a problemsolver, a strong communicator, and a team player, as well as someone with analytical skills and a strong work ethic.” Internships are a great way to gain skills and explore a potential career. Most require that students be upperclassmen, but you may be able to take one for the experience rather than credit. Another idea is volunteering. If you’re interested in being a veterinarian, for example, volunteer at an animal shelter or a vet’s office. Or, seek out a mentor of whom you can ask questions about his or her job. “Getting involved in career exploration early in the college experience builds networks and helps with making choices,” says John Beacon of Indiana State University. Campuses have many ways for you to hone your skills, whether it’s holding a part-time job; getting involved with clubs and other student organizations; or serving as a resident assistant in a dorm. “All of these real-life experiences are part of the overall college academic program and help students prepare for employment and community leadership following graduation,” Beacon says.

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Covering Your Costs Research your many financial-aid options to help offset the expense of higher education

by Lori D. Roberts

Photo by Stephen allen/VINCENNES UNIVERSITY

Grants, loans, and scholarships can all help students pay for college.

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he journey from high school to college has several checkpoints. A well-prepared student ticks them off before hitting the books.

R Took the SAT? Check. R Researched and applied to your favorite schools? Check. R Sent in your payment? Checkbook. A college education can carry a hefty price tag, with some private institutions’ breakdown of aid In 2011–12, an estimated 25.5 million undergraduates received 51 percent of their aid in the form of grants, 40 percent as loans, and 9 percent in a combination of tax credits or deductions and work-study. —The College Board’s Trends in Student Aid 2012

tuition, room and board, and other fees adding up to $60,000 per year. In-state schools may charge less for tuition and room and board, but books, meal plans, and miscellaneous fees and expenses can still add another few thousand dollars to the bottom line. Help is available. Federally funded grants, which don’t have to be repaid, are an option for qualified families. Students and parents may choose to take out loans to cover their costs. Or students can qualify for various scholarships offered by colleges, businesses, or private organizations. “You can’t be scared off by the sticker price,” says Stanley Werne, director of financial aid at Vincennes University. Nobody is standing around handing out free money to any student who happens to wander by. But financial resources are available, and time and research can pay off. Fill out the FAFSA. Werne suggests starting with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, a U.S. Department of Education form that determines whether a student is eligible for certain

financial-aid programs like need-based grants, federally funded loans, and stateassistance programs. Colleges and universities may also use this form to determine how much school aid will be offered. The form can be downloaded at, and high-schoolers can begin filling it out on January 1 of their senior year. All families are encouraged to apply, regardless of income. Make sure you know each school’s submission deadlines. Search for scholarships. Scholarships help pay for college, and some might not necessarily require a high grade point average or a hefty student resume, Werne says. Guidance counselors can point students to various scholarship opportunities offered by local groups or community organizations. Your future college can be another resource, Werne points out. Colleges and universities maintain a list of scholarships, for which students may be able to apply individually or through one general form. Always ask about the process for applying for the school’s scholarships, Werne going up The average published tuition and fees for instate students at public four-year colleges and universities increased from $8,256 in 2011–12 to $8,655 in 2012–13. The $399 increase in tuition and fees was accompanied by a $325 increase in room and board for students living on campus. At $9,205, room and board accounted for more than half of the total charges for these students. —The College Board’s Trends in Student Aid 2012

says. There may be ones available for certain majors or for those who meet precise criteria. “Some schools have very specific scholarships,” Werne says. “You may be the only person who meets those criteria if the donor intended to help a certain type of student.” Surf the web. Check out reliable scholarship-search sites such as, which matches students with scholar-

ship opportunities, Werne says. Other financial-resource sites he suggests are and Look around. Employers may offer scholarships to employees or employees’ children. Fifth Third Bank offers a $10,000 scholarship to account holders who will be or are already in school, regardless of their age. “If you have a checking account with Fifth Third Bank—and if you’re a student, the checking account is free—you can put your name in a pool and get an ophelp needed In 2012-13, full-time undergraduates at public four-year institutions received an estimated average of $5,750 in grant aid from all sources and federal tax benefits to help them pay the average $8,655 published tuition and fees. —The College Board’s Trends in Student Aid 2012

tion to win that scholarship,” says Shawn Niehaus, senior vice president of retail banking with Fifth Third Bank. Tap into savings and loans. Options such as the 529 Plan or a Roth individual retirement account have tax advantages if the money is used to pay for college expenses, Niehaus says. It’s never too late to start putting money in one of those plans, even if it’s only a small amount. Other families may have to rely on student and personal loans. Or they may opt to borrow money from their own investment or retirement accounts, paying themselves back over time. “There are so many ways to handle college expenses,” Niehaus says. “I think the best thing you can do is sit down with your personal banker or financial advisor and make sure you’re evaluating all of your options.” Doing your financial-aid homework can pay dividends. Start your research now to find the best ways to pay for school. “College is expensive,” Niehaus says. “You want to come out with the least amount of debt that you can.”

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If you’re interested in a school, visiting its campus is a must.

Big Time on Campus

by Laura Kruty


Tips for making the most of your college visits

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efore you send in the enrollment deposit to your chosen school, it’s essential to visit the campus. For any school you’re considering attending, a campus visit plays an important role in the decision—no matter which direction it may sway you. It’s not enough to click around their website or Facebook page. “I don’t think that physically driving to and stepping foot on campus can be replaced,” says Mitch Warren, director of the office of admissions at Purdue University. Admissions pros agree that it’s best to visit when classes are in session. “A regular run-of-the-mill academic day is when students get the best idea of what that campus environment would be like,” Warren says. Try to avoid visiting during the summer or on a weekend (although those are better than not visiting at all). Though you can visit schools at any time, Stephanie Stephenson, associate director of admissions at Indiana University, suggests making a trip the spring semester of your junior year. “Junior year is a great time to start the process,” she says. At IU and Purdue, visits start with an information session, during which students and parents can learn more about the school and ask questions. It’s followed by a student-led walking tour. Though what’s included in the tour will vary by school, you can likely expect to see a typical classroom, a dorm room and residence hall, a dining facility, a library, and the student recreation center. Make sure you get a good feel for the campus. Can you envision yourself there for four (or more) years? Do you like the size? You should know about what types of programs and opportunities—both academic and social—are offered, as well as the school’s support services. Parents should also be aware of those services, as well as the school’s


financial-aid offerings. Students usually have the option to customize their visit. If you’re interested in writing for the student newspaper, for example, request a tour of the newsroom or a talk with an editor or the paper’s advisor. If you’d like to major in biology, ask to meet with a faculty member. Warren suggests taking photos, helpful for keeping track of multiple schools. Stephenson advises families to drive around the town or city in which the school is located. “We certainly encourage families to explore Bloomington,” she says. “It’s so tied to the campus.”

Additional Tips Want a smooth campus visit? Heed the advice of Mitch Warren from Purdue University. R Before visiting, check out the school online. You may find information that changes your mind about wanting to go. R Make sure you reserve your space. If you simply show up, tours could already be full. R Plan ahead for potential traffic congestion and time-zone changes. You don’t want to feel rushed. R Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. R Stay open-minded. Try not to base your impression of the school on only one or two students or what the weather’s like that day.

Just for parents Your role in college certainly goes beyond paying the bills, but it’s important not to completely take over the decision. Your son or daughter most likely will not appreciate a “helicopter parent” —especially while they’re considering school choices. Mitch Warren from Purdue University offers some key points to remember: Ultimately, it’s your son’s or daughter’s decision. Try to avoid saying things like “our application” or “if we decide to enroll.” “This is an excellent time to help your student begin to take the lead on this process—with guidance, of course,” Warren says. Emotions may run high. Will my financial plan cover everything? Is my son or daughter ready for this? Am I ready for him or her to leave home? Don’t let those feelings take over. If your son or daughter does not get into his or her first choice of school, or if he or she decides to transfer after a semester, keep it in perspective. Although these situations aren’t ideal, try to learn from them and remember that there’s another school out there that will be a better fit.

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The Path to College Planning for post–high school education should start early

by Lori D. Roberts


If higher education is in your future, it’s never too soon to start thinking about it.

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ollege may seem far away, but the years will pass quickly. Don’t wait until the last minute to make this important decision. Even highschool freshmen can start planning now to find the school that fits them best.


Freshman year:

Time to begin thinking Start wondering about what you might want to do with your life. What are your passions? What careers interest you? Think about what classes translate to your college path. Do you need more math and science? Should you explore the arts or technical sciences? What extracurricular activities do you want to be involved in? “It’s about [students] becoming the authors of their own education, starting in high school and not waiting until they get into college,” says Tom Taylor, vice president for enrollment, marketing, and communications at Ball State University.

Schedule a campus visit with the school you’d like to learn more about—and use those visits wisely, Graham says. Juniors may want to take the SAT or ACT now, and then again their senior year. Senior year:

Apply yourself Families should sit down before senior year and discuss their plan. How will they pay for college? What are the application deadlines? Start researching scholarships to help offset college costs. Most students have a fair idea of which

colleges will accept them, given their transcript and application, Taylor says. He advises applying to a few schools where you’re pretty sure you’ll get in and a few “stretch” schools. Don’t be afraid of high tuition, but be realistic about paying for college. Keep up with your grades and activities, and make sure you know the many deadlines you’ll have. Preparing for college involves hard work, but the payoff comes when students find themselves in the right educational environment. “It’s never too early to start thinking seriously about college,” Graham says.

Students working in broadcasting at Ball State University.

Sophomore year:

College considerations Sophomores can begin checking out various college-related websites like or learnmoreindiana .com. If you have an opportunity to take the PSAT, do it. “It’s good test-taking practice, if nothing else,” says Nicole Graham, associate director of undergraduate admissions at Valparaiso University. The PSAT can give you a sneak preview of the SAT, as well as give you a shot at a National Merit Scholarship. Junior year:

Hit the road Now is a good time to evaluate your options. Do you want to stay in state or not? A two-year or four-year school? Public or private?

EVERY YEAR: BE YOURsELF It’s tempting to sign up for lots of activities and fill your days with community-service projects in hopes of standing out on your college application. But higher-education professionals say they’re more interested in the student than his or her laundry list of activities. “It’s not enough to say I was in a lot of clubs,” says Tom Taylor of Ball State University. “You need to say why you were in the club and why it was important.” Cultivate relationships with the adults in your life. If they know you well, they can translate that knowledge into a persuasive letter of recommendation to the college or university to which you’re applying. Pay close attention to what you’re writing in your application essay. This is your opportunity to show the decision-makers what you’ll bring to the college. Be honest, and talk about what makes you who you are. If you got off to a rocky start in high school, write about what finally motivated you. If you’re passionate about something, share that excitement. “This allows us to get to know you a little better,” says Nicole Graham of Valparaiso University.

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On the Clock Time-management skills are central to a successful transition to college

by Laura Kruty


Studying is important, but so is taking a break every once in a while.

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ollege freshmen are faced with a number of adjustments. An unstructured schedule means that how you spend your time—both in and out of the classroom—is solely up to you. One major change from high school is a larger and presumably harder course load. “Academic expectations are certainly different in college than in high school,” says Heather Bowman, director of First Year Programs for IUPUI University College. When you combine those expectations with other responsibilities, which can include holding down a job and paying bills, students can easily start to feel overwhelmed. And it can happen even to high-school students who earned high grades. “Students who have done well in high school tend to underestimate the amount of time involved in that similar success at the college level,” says Mike Rater, dean of students at Wabash College. “Most are not aware of the demands that will be on their time.” Time-management skills are crucial— and honing those should start in high school. “Don’t slack off,” Rater advises seniors. “Take hard classes in your second semester as opposed to engaging in senioritis. Treat the second semester of your senior year as practice for the ‘big game.’” Even high-school students can pencil in study time on their schedules, something Bowman recommends college students do as well. Whether you use a smartphone or a physical calendar, make it a point to keep track of upcoming quizzes, tests, and paper due dates, she says. Think about even scheduling personal time to relax and unwind some. When you arrive on campus, find out where academic support services are located, what their hours are, and how to reach them—even if you doubt how useful they may be. This can save you time should you find yourself in need of writing


assistance at the 11th hour. And don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help. Once students seek out support and see how beneficial it can be, they tend to make it a habit, Rater says. Finding a balance between being overinvolved and not involved enough can be a challenge in college. Most campuses offer dozens of activities, and it’s important to meet people, join groups, and create a social network, Bowman says. In fact, those are key factors in a student’s success. But stuffing your schedule with tons of clubs, activities, and sports can

stretch you too thin. As a result, you may not have enough time to devote to your classwork. If you have to hold down a job while going to school, try to work no more than 20 hours per week so that your studying doesn’t suffer, Bowman says. “Working on campus is a great option if [students] have to work,” she says. “Those employers tend to be more sensitive to issues that college students face. They can be more flexible during finals week and let the student have time off during campus vacations and breaks.”

Learning in session at Wabash College.

HELPFUL TIPs Make the most of hitting the books with these useful pointers:

> Studying at regular times and in the same place can help establish it as a habit. > Write out a to-do list that also includes tasks you’re dreading most. It may help to get those out of the way first. > Bring reading or notes for when you have a break between classes or are on the bus back to your apartment. > When studying, turn off your phone (Candy Crush really can wait) and avoid going online except for homework purposes. Eliminate other potential distractions. > Shortly after a lecture, go over your notes to help with information retention. > Recruit a friend or classmate to review notes or quiz each other before a test. > If you find your mind wandering or your focus waning, take a short breather. > Break up larger projects and papers into smaller pieces. This can make them more manageable. > Pulling an all-nighter may seem like a rite of passage, but sufficient sleep is essential. Sources: Wabash College’s Academic Support Services and

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318 North Sixth Street Terre Haute, IN 47809 1-800-GO-TO-ISU | 1-800-468-6478 Make blue part of your future Indiana State gives you more of what you’re looking for in a university from the moment you set foot on campus. We’re for blue skies and a brighter future. We’re for recycling, wind power and trees. We were Indiana’s first Tree Campus USA. We’re for a great education and we’re for affordability – not only in tuition but in all student costs. We’re for scholarships – big time! Indiana State awards more than $8 million in student financial awards each year. We’re also for helping you graduate on time with a new Sycamore Graduation Guarantee for new first-time students, in which we work together to ensure you’ll graduate in four years or any remaining classes are free. Life as a Sycamore is about growing tall and strong – through classes, research, creativity, campus involvement and making a difference in communities in Indiana and around the world thanks to international study opportunities. We’re for preparing leaders in education, business, health and human services, chemistry, physics, math and computer science, technology, biology, criminology, and geology – even oceanography. And that’s just for starters. Indiana State offers an impressive selection of academic programs across five colleges and many degrees can be completed online. Check out our majors at We’re true, blue and loyal. Indiana State students, faculty and staff contributed more than one million hours of community service last year. Two-thirds of our graduates stay in Indiana, helping to implement a vision for a better tomorrow. We’re modern. You’ll find newly renovated laboratories, academic and wellness buildings. Our most ambitious student housing upgrade ever is under way and our Student Recreation Center is the envy of many larger campuses. Our campus is walkable, the Campus Cupboard and Barnes & Noble College bookstore offer much of what you need – and a city bus can take you when you just have to get to the mall! There’s more to blue at Indiana State – more diversity, more friendly people, more distinctive programs with the offerings of a major university but the atmosphere of a small, close-knit campus. We have more of the programs you want and the experience and affordability you need. You future begins at State.

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Let’s find out. Be sure to join us for a Sycamore Preview Day. You’ll have a chance to tour campus and sit down with admissions and financial aid staff. Sycamore Preview Days are held throughout the year, so you can come when it’s most convenient. To sign up, go to htm. Who cares if college costs and arm and a leg? We do. For the second straight year, Forbes magazine included Indiana State among the nation’s best in emphasizing both quality and value. Questions? We’d love to hear from you. Call us at 800-GO-TO-ISU.


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2001 Newburg Rd. Louisville KY, 40205 (317) 940-8000 • (800) 368-6852 Bellarmine University transforms the lives of students through an unabridged education that’s unique among schools in the region. Bellarmine is a consistent presence on top college lists, thanks to a 12:1 studentto-faculty ratio and one of the nation’s most extensive study abroad programs. Bellarmine has 150 partnership sites that allow students to study in over 50 countries spanning six continents. At Bellarmine, students receive a personalized academic experience, along with some big-time benefits. The campus boasts over 50 clubs and organizations, with 20 NCAA Division II athletic teams, plus Division I men’s lacrosse. Bellarmine’s spirited fans make Knights Hall one of the best home court advantages in college basketball.

recreational attractions in the nation’s 16th-largest city. Bellarmine’s Career Center helps students and graduates connect with top corporations, small businesses and innovative nonprofits in Louisville and beyond. The 144-acre campus is nestled in a safe, historic neighborhood and features indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a fitness center and athletic fields. Recent campus additions include a sports stadium, new classroom space and state-of-the-art residence halls. A Bellarmine education is unabridged and affordable. All freshmen receive institutional scholarships and grants, averaging $19,000 per student. Use the price calculator at to discover how affordable a Bellarmine education can be for you.

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is a major multi-campus public research institution grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. With eight campuses throughout the state, including core campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and regional campuses in Fort Wayne, Gary, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond, and South Bend, we provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education. Our strength lies in our reach. We offer numerous in-demand majors and programs across the state, and have a campus near you. IU works tirelessly to improve the quality of scholarship, to expand opportunities for all students, and to make Indiana a better place to live, work, and learn.

YEAR FOUNDED: 1820 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 110,393 (89,888 undergraduate, 20,505 graduate) STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 12.5:1 UNDERGRADUATE, MASTERS, DOCTORAL DEGREES OFFERED: Visit individual campus websites through EXPERTISE: Business, Sciences, Humanities, Music, Education, Nursing, Law, Dentistry, Health and Rehabilitation, Public Health, Philanthropy, Library Science, Informatics and Computing, Medicine TUITION: Visit individual campus websites through STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID: 67% TOP THREE AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: No. 39 among the “100 Best Values” in public institution in the country by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; Kelley School of Business is ranked in the top 20 best MBA programs by U.S. News and World Report, 2nd largest medical school in the US

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4201 South Washington Street Marion, IN 46953 (765) 677-1910 There is a unique energy at Indiana Wesleyan University - a combination of innovation, purpose and faith - and it takes just one visit to experience it. IWU students discover their God-given individuality and life calling, and develop in character, scholarship and leadership. IWU is about an hour’s drive from the two largest cities in Indiana, offers 80 undergraduate and more than 30 graduate degrees. Born out of a tradition of social activism for abolition and women’s suffrage, The Wesleyan Church is committed to growing IWU as a multicultural institution. The University is a Senior Sponsor of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Education Directive and a sponsor of Indiana Black Expo. Students run the state’s second-largest coffee shop, McConn Coffee Co.; conduct, publish and present research at conferences at places like Cambridge and Harvard;

and travel the globe for academic studies and mission work. Our Wildcat athletic teams have won 144 conference championships, 18 all-sports trophies, 27 NCCAA national championships and seven individual and team NAIA Division II national championships. In their spare time, Wildcat athletes share their faith on mission trips and take time to mentor elementary school kids. Distinctive Program IWU’s School for Life Calling and Integrative Learning helps all students in their first two years utilize the college experience to fully realize their life’s purpose and integrate it with their faith and their education. Top Five Majors: Nursing, Pre-Med/Biology, Psychology, Business Administration Education

YEAR FOUNDED: Established in 1920 as Marion College; became Indiana Wesleyan University in 1988 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: Residential Undergraduate in Marion: 3,000, Adult and Graduate Studies: 10,000 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 15:1 UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED: 80 MASTER’S DEGREES OFFERED: 28 DOCTORAL DEGREES OFFERED: 2 IN-STATE/OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $23,164 STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID: 100% TOP AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named IWU one of the 10 top private schools with the lowest sticker price among Kiplinger’s 100 best values in private universities and libreral-arts colleges. U.S. News and World Report ranked IWU as 12th among Regional Universities (Midwest) in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” section.




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420 University Boulevard Indianapolis, IN 46202 • (317) 274-5555 Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is Indiana’s premier urban research university with 21 schools and academic programs granting more than 250 degrees. Its location within blocks of downtown Indianapolis facilitates the advancement of research and teaching. It also presents unique opportunities for internships, partnerships, and community engagement. U.S. News & World Report ranked IUPUI seventh in its list of “Up-and Coming” national universities to watch. It is home to nationally ranked programs in business, health, law, nursing, and public and environment affairs. In addition, IUPUI is renowned for its emphasis on service learning and civic engagement.

YEAR FOUNDED: 1968 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 30,451 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 19:1 UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED: 225 MASTER’S DEGREES OFFERED: 113 DOCTORAL DEGREES OFFERED: 39 EXPERTISE: Business, Computer Science, Education, Health, Law, Public and Environmental Affairs FROM DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS: 1.6 miles IN-STATE TUITION: $8,605 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $29,062 STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID: 53% TOP THREE AWARDS/ RECOGNITIONS: School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI ranked #6 in the country in Nonprofit Management in 2012, IUPUI ranked 7th by U.S. News and World Report in “Up-and-Coming National Universities.”, Kelley School of Business Indianapolis Evening MBA program ranked 10th in the country by U.S. News and World Report, 2010

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1400 East Hanna Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46227 317-788-3368 • 800-232-8634 The University of Indianapolis, popularly known as UIndy, is a private, comprehensive and diverse institution of higher education located just minutes from downtown Indianapolis. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, UIndy is distinguished by highly respected undergraduate programs in teacher education, communications and the health sciences, nationally ranked graduate programs, and Centers of Excellence focusing on aging studies and education reform. UIndy students receive personal attention in small, interactive classes, and are encouraged to apply learning to real-world situations, inside and outside the classroom. Founded in 1902, UIndy has a home campus of more than 5,400 students and partnership sites in Asia and Central America. The school’s new Lugar Academy, a

nonpartisan initiative building on Senator Richard Lugar’s legacy of leadership and service, offers students the opportunity to study and intern in Washington, D.C. UIndy competes in NCAA Division II athletics, placing a heavy emphasis on developing well-rounded student-athletes. Each year, hundreds of greyhound athletes are named to academic honor rolls, with many earning Academic All-American honors. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which measures an athletic program’s performance in all sports combined, has regularly ranked UIndy first among athletic programs in Indiana. UIndy has claimed three Top 10 Directors’ Cup finishes in the last five years.

YEAR FOUNDED: 1902 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 5,432 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 14:1 UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science MASTER’S DEGREES OFFERED: 28 DOCTORAL DEGREES OFFERED: 5 SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE: 100+ DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS: 6 miles IN-STATE/OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $24,420 PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WITH FINANCIAL AID: 90% TOP THREE AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: Ranked in the Top Tier of Midwest Universities by U.S.News & World Report since 2000, School of Education 2013 Model of Excellence Award from the National Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (service learning award)

Direct to D.C. Richard G. Lugar Academy An inside look into the nation’s political process through the eyes of a six-term U.S. Senator

“I look forward to sharing experiences and helping to shape student careers that will bring satisfaction to each student and a tremendous boost to progress in Indiana and the nation.” —Sen. Richard G. Lugar

Inspired. For the rest of your life.

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1700 Chapel Dr. Valparaiso, IN 46383 • (219) 464-5000 Valparaiso University is a comprehensive independent Lutheran university with more than 4,000 students on its campus located in Northwest Indiana, an hour from Chicago. Valpo is a community of purpose-driven, serviceminded and ethical individuals who embrace the pursuit of truth with freedom, humility and compassion. Valpo has been identified as one of the top master’s-level institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine for the past 22 years. Valparaiso University offers undergraduate academic programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Nursing. Valpo also has a distinguished honors college, a Law School, and more than 40 degree and certificate programs in its Graduate School and Continuing Education Division. Valpo has been recognized for its commitment to outstanding teaching, preparing thoughtful leaders with strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness, and dedication to serving others.

YEAR FOUNDED: 1859 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 4,081 STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 13:1 UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED: 61 MASTER’S DEGREES OFFERED: 26 DOCTORAL DEGREES OFFERED: 3 EXPERTISE: Valparaiso University is a comprehensive university featuring a robust liberal arts curriculum coupled with strong undergraduate colleges of Engineering, Nursing, and Business IN-STATE/OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $32,400 STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID: 96% TOP THREE AWARDS/ RECOGNITIONS: U.S. News - #4 in Best Midwest Regional Universities, #2 in Best Values – Midwest Regional Universities; Princeton Review – Best Midwestern Colleges, The Best 377 Colleges; Forbes - America’s Top Colleges - #314

Your Journey Begins at At Valparaiso University, you’ll chart your own personal journey, explore, and become involved in a setting that enables abundant academic, experiential, co-curricular, and extracurricular opportunities. You’ll be part of community where people not only know your name, but also know who you are as a person. At Valpo, students are encouraged to share their stories, to listen to the stories around them, and to learn about others from all walks of life. Valparaiso University has Division I athletics; professional colleges of business, engineering, and nursing; a prestigious honors college; market-driven graduate degree programs; and a wide range of liberal arts study areas. In addition, students take part in more than 150 campus organizations. Still, Valpo is small enough to offer opportunities for everyone to become involved and to become a leader. Our doors are open for you to explore. Join us for one of the most exciting chapters of your life!


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North First Street, Vincennes, IN 47591 1002 North First 1002 Street, Vincennes, IN 47591 • 800.742.9198 • 800.742.9198 Indiana’s First College

Vincennes University, founded in 1801, is the birthplace of one of the nation’s first two-year institutions of higher learning. For over 200 years the University has evolved and grown to meet the educational needs of not only Indiana residents, but the entire nation, as a premier transfer institution and leader in innovative career programming. VU’s faculty and staff are dedicated to the University mission of helping students achieve their academic/career goals through educational tracks that lead to baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates. VU students have access to the complete college experience at Indiana’s most affordable residential college. The 160 acre campus includes six residence halls, a PE Complex, Aquatic Center, recreation center, library, theatre, TV and radio stations, and more. Students from every county in Indiana, 21 states, and 27 countries enjoy the benefits of the small class sizes, individualized attention (19:1 student-to-faculty ratio), and hands-on programming that VU is known for.


Higher Learning. Lower Cost. For over 200 years, Vincennes University has provided a quality college education that is affordable and accessible. With majors that lead to baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates, the VU learning experience engages you, opens your eyes to big ideas, and challenges you to develop initiatives of your own. In addition, our professors are personally committed to you, your dreams, and your future. With your choice of more than 200 programs, VU will have you rolling up your sleeves and putting your knowledge into action. FALL PREVU DAYS: Oct. 18 or 19, Nov. 22 or 23 Take one unbelievable day to step into the college lifestyle and experience the academics, campus life, and spirit of the incredible 160 acre Vincennes University campus. Make your reservations today! or 800.742.9198


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410 West Wabash Avenue Crawfordsville, IN 47933 • 800-345-5385 765-361-6225 WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WABASH MAN

It means you are serious. At Wabash and in life, that’s what separates the men from the boys. If you are serious, you welcome challenge and you care about character. You have real, tangible goals and you’re ready to do whatever it takes to meet them. Wabash men know how to have fun (come to the Monon Bell Game and see for yourself), but they’re not your typical college students. They have different priorities. Like traveling to Peru to tackle global health problems, winning a national championship, or conducting cutting edge scientific research during summer “break.” If you are serious about your future and have goals like getting into Harvard Law, starting a community arts program in downtown Indy, or landing a coveted microfinance job in Southeast Asia, then you need to look at Wabash. We’re not messing around. This is about your future. Seriously.

YEAR FOUNDED: 1832 CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 900 men STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 10:1 MISSION: To educate men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely. AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 13 MAJORS: 22 EXPERTISE: Liberal Arts, pre-professional programs in medicine, law, and business, and 3:2 programs in engineering. ATHLETICS: 11 intercollegiate sports in NCAA Division III TUITION: $35,000 STUDENTS RECEIVING MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS: 77%


SERIOUSLY. One in eight Wabash College graduates holds the title of Owner, President, Chairman, or CEO. Nearly 40% of Wabash graduates have advanced degrees. 84% of Wabash students who apply are admitted to medical school. Nearly 80% are admitted to law school. Wabash is one only 40 schools featured in the best-selling book Colleges That Change Lives. • 800-345-5385

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PURDUE. Home of astronauts, agronomists, Nobel Prize winners and NFL quarterbacks. We’ve got builders, tinkerers, writers, thinkers, artists, explorers, problem-solvers and pioneers. And as long as you’re okay being called a Boilermaker — we’re sure you’ll fit right in.





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College Guide 2013  

Your guide to… academic majors, financial aid, campus visits, planning and time management.

College Guide 2013  

Your guide to… academic majors, financial aid, campus visits, planning and time management.