Best Colleges in Indiana 2022

Best Colleges in Indiana 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Indiana. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Colleges and Universities in Indiana

Among Indiana’s schools are some well-known colleges and universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, and Butler University. While tuition and student population vary greatly among these schools, each boasts a high graduation rate. The state’s largest public university, Indiana University Bloomington, also notes a high graduation rate for its roughly 40,000 students and offers tuition just above the national average at $11,000.

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Additionally, students hoping to attend a school with a religious affiliation have nearly 30 options to choose from. Students at these schools can study areas like engineering, business, philosophy, religious studies, and law. Indiana offers loan forgiveness programs for health care workers who work in areas with labor shortages as well as for lawyers providing public legal aid. Additionally, graduates of Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law pursuing public interest law can apply for a special grant program that will help cover the cost of preparing and sitting for the bar exam.

With town names like Popcorn and Santa Claus, it is clear Indiana is no stranger to a good time. Along with these unique towns, Indiana also hosts the Indianapolis 500, a long-distance auto race; boasts a thriving art scene; and has been home to iconic celebrities, including Larry Bird, James Dean, and David Letterman. Students wanting to experience all Indiana has to offer while studying have the option of attending one of Indiana’s more than 50 higher education institutes.

Explore Indiana’s more than 50 colleges and universities to find a program and future career path that’s right for you.


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How do we determine Indiana's best colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 42 colleges and universities in Indiana that meet our criteria. This list of the top 25 colleges in Indiana below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Indiana.

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Best Colleges in Indiana 2022

  1. #3

    University of Notre Dame

    Notre Dame , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    19%

    Graduation

    97%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1475/33

    What is University of Notre Dame known for?

    University of Notre Dame’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Law
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #4

    Ball State University

    Muncie , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    20K

    What is Ball State University known for?

    Ball State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Anthropology
    • Psychology
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #5

    DePauw University

    Greencastle , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1245/26

    What is DePauw University known for?

    DePauw University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #6

    Valparaiso University

    Valparaiso , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    What is Valparaiso University known for?

    Valparaiso University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • History
    • Medical
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #8

    Butler University

    Indianapolis , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/27

    What is Butler University known for?

    Butler University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #9

    Indiana State University

    Terre Haute , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Indiana State University known for?

    Indiana State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Business
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #10

    University of Evansville

    Evansville , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1189/26

    What is University of Evansville known for?

    University of Evansville’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #11

    Wabash College

    Crawfordsville , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1220/26

    What is Wabash College known for?

    Wabash College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #12

    Manchester University

    North Manchester , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Manchester University known for?

    Manchester University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #13

    Indiana Wesleyan University

    Marion , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    What is Indiana Wesleyan University known for?

    Indiana Wesleyan University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #14

    Goshen College

    Goshen , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1108/25

    What is Goshen College known for?

    Goshen College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Sociology
    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #15

    Saint Mary's College

    Notre Dame , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/25

    What is Saint Mary's College known for?

    Saint Mary's College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Economics
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/22

    What is Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis known for?

    Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Social Work
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. #17

    Taylor University

    Upland , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    What is Taylor University known for?

    Taylor University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Sociology
    • Communications
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. #18

    Indiana University South Bend

    South Bend , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    What is Indiana University South Bend known for?

    Indiana University South Bend’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Physics
    • Anthropology
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #19

    Hanover College

    Hanover , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/23

    What is Hanover College known for?

    Hanover College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • History
    • Earth Sciences
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. #20

    Vincennes University

    Vincennes , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Vincennes University known for?

    Vincennes University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Law
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #21

    Indiana University East

    Richmond , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/20

    What is Indiana University East known for?

    Indiana University East’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #22

    Anderson College, Indiana

    Anderson , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/22

    What is Anderson College, Indiana known for?

    Anderson College, Indiana’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Physics
    • History
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. #23

    Marian University

    Indianapolis , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    What is Marian University known for?

    Marian University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. #24

    Trine University

    Angola , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    What is Trine University known for?

    Trine University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. #25

    University of Southern Indiana

    Evansville , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/22

    What is University of Southern Indiana known for?

    University of Southern Indiana’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Notre Dame
  2. DePauw University
  3. Earlham College
  4. Purdue University
  5. Hanover College
  6. Goshen College
  7. Wabash College
  8. Indiana University Bloomington
  9. Valparaiso University
  10. University of Evansville
  11. Butler University
  12. Indiana Wesleyan University
  13. Saint Mary's College
  14. Taylor University
  15. Manchester University
  16. Ball State University
  17. University of Indianapolis
  18. Franklin College
  19. Grace College & Seminary
  20. Huntington University