Best Research Universities in Indiana 2022

Best Research Universities in Indiana 2022

Interested in attending a STEM school in Indiana? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

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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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. We’ve identified 8 research universities in Indiana. To be included in our ranking, schools must be a fully accredited universities and must must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

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Best Research Universities 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

    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

  4. #6

    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

  5. 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

  6. #8

    University of Indianapolis

    Indianapolis , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/22

    What is University of Indianapolis known for?

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

    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Anthropology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work

    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. Purdue University
  3. Indiana University Bloomington
  4. Valparaiso University
  5. Ball State University
  6. University of Indianapolis