Indiana Colleges & Universities

Considering colleges in Indiana? If you do, you might be surprised at how many choices you have. From public to private educational institutions and everything in between, Indiana schools might just have exactly what you're looking for.

Indiana Schools: Live Large on Short Money: Hollywood might tempt you to think first of Notre Dame when researching colleges in Indiana, but the Hoosier state boosts over 100 colleges from the mega large Indiana University and Purdue multi-campus systems to small, friendly private colleges. Cost of attendance ranges from $9,070 for in-state students, to over $50,000 for elite private schools. Fortunately, their strong endowments allow generous financial aid and scholarship packages.

Colleges in Indiana: Here are just a few of your options when considering Indiana schools:

  • University of Notre Dame. This elite undergraduate and graduate Catholic university has legendary sports programs and a powerful alumni network.
  • Purdue University. Purdue has six campuses with over 200 majors offered in undergrad and graduate programs including highly competitive aeronautics programs.
  • Indiana University Bloomington. As the flagship for the Indiana University system, USA Today named IU Bloomington one of the top ten college-friendly towns.
  • Ball State University. Originally a teachers' college, this university is now considered outstanding in architecture, communications, business, and nursing.
  • DePauw University. DePauw strongly emphasizes volunteer and community service and a global prospective and is highly ranked by US News & World Report.
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. A well respected undergraduate schools for engineering, science and mathematics, this Indiana colleges offers substantial individual student support.
  • Wabash College. This male-only liberal arts college is dedicated to providing well-rounded world leaders and has a strong fraternity system.
  • Taylor University. At this private evangelical Christian college, students and faculty are expected to maintain high levels of maturity and accountability. It is highly rated among Midwestern colleges.

If you are thinking of settling down in Indiana, your earned income could go far because Indiana's cost of living index is well below the national average. Indianapolis offers some of the most affordable housing markets in the country. For those who want to escape urban life, Indiana still boasts vibrant small cities and towns.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics wants you to know that education pays off not only in higher employability but by bringing home the big bucks for hours worked. Because the number of workers holding bachelor's degrees continues to climb, it's best to stay competitive by earning a least an undergraduate degree. Those who have attained professional degrees have both the lowest unemployment rate and the highest annual salaries, often in the high $70,000 range.

According to the May 2009 US Bureau of Labor, median income for Hoosiers is $43,993. Health care practitioners consistently earn the highest across all occupations with annual salaries ranging from $30,000 to over $100,000. Other prime earners at $75,000 include marketing and finance managers, scientists, engineers and insurance actuaries. Elementary through college educators earn a salary range from $25,000 to $78,000. Not so for health care support workers whose salaries remain in the mid-twenties range. Protective services workers average $30,000; while food service jobs remain in the high teens and low twenties.

Indiana's growing job sectors are steel manufacturing, aluminum production, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, transportation manufacturing, petrochemical, and agribusiness. The largest employers in Indiana include Eli Lilly (pharmaceuticals), Wal-Mart, General Motors, Clarian Health Partners (hospitals) Ispat Inland (steel production) and Cummins Engine Company, and a strong service sector.

The writer Anne Sterling traveled the world as a free-lance tour manager before getting serious about education. After obtaining a master's degree in psychology and education Anne has helped children and adults to maximize their learning through the use of experiential education and applied learning. Anne is currently studying towards an advanced certification in special education.

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