About IUPUI and Indianapolis
Founded in 1969 as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is an urban research institution with a growing reputation for innovation. We offer more than 200 degree programs — from associate to doctoral and graduate professional — and IUPUI is among the top 20 institutions nationally in the number of health-related degrees and the number of first professional degrees granted. More than 30,000 students study at IUPUI, coming from all 50 states and from countries around the globe. The campus is located just west of downtown Indianapolis, with easy access to city and state centers of government and business, restaurants, sports venues, art galleries, museums, the White River State Park, and the Indianapolis Zoo.
The population of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is 1,700,000. Indianapolis is referred to as the “Crossroads of America” and four federal interstate highways converge here.
Downtown Indianapolis is a vibrant and exciting place to live, work, and relax. Many of the city’s more than 200 restaurants and taverns are within walking distance of the Institute hotel, the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown.
There are more than 200 retail stores in the downtown area, which includes Circle Centre Mall, Massachusetts Avenue, the Indianapolis City Market, Fountain Square, and other center city districts.
The White River State Park is Indiana’s first urban state park, offering a variety of recreational facilities and natural green spaces. The 250-acre park and canal feature the world-class Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, as well as significant art, history, recreational, and sports venues.
Indianapolis is home to 22 galleries and 10 performing arts theatres, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; the Indiana State Museum, which houses Indiana’s first IMAX theatre; and the Indianapolis Artsgarden.