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East Central Indiana Higher Education


University Approx. Enrollment
Ball State University 17,004
Ivy Tech Community College-East Central Indiana 17,000
Indiana University East 3,292
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 2,799
Anderson University 1,566
Taylor University 2,110
Earlham College 1,060
Purdue Polytechnic Institute-Richmond 89
Purdue Polytechnic Institute-Anderson 85

Ball State University – Muncie

Ball State is an integral part of the community and economy of Muncie and the state of Indiana. In addition to preparing the state’s entrepreneurs, teachers, health care providers, scientists, designers, artists, and media and technology professionals, its projects and research drive innovation throughout  Indiana.  To fulfill its mission of fundamentally changing its students, researchers and external partners, the university offers comprehensive academic opportunities, including about 180 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs and more than 100 master’s and doctoral degrees. Ball State University is nationally ranked among the top 25 for best undergraduate and graduate programs in many fields.


Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion

Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university that is
committed to liberal arts and professional education. U.S. News World Report ranks Indiana Wesleyan University as “one of the best Master’s universities in the Midwest.” Over 3,000 students live and learn in state-of-the-art residence halls and academic facilities on IWU’s residential campus in Marion, Indiana. More than 80 majors are offered, covering everything from Art to Theology and Ministry. Another 12,000 adult learners attend classes at regional IWU Education Centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as through our online degree programs, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings such as the Master of Education, certificates and electives. IWU has been Indiana’s fastest-growing university for the past two years. The University’s total enrollment, which now exceeds 15,000 students, makes IWU the largest private university in Indiana.


Taylor University – Upland

Taylor University, founded in 1846, is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana with students, faculty and staff dedicated to living life together in a discipleship community. It continually
engages in campus and community activities including long-standing traditions, community outreach, athletics and more. In addition, 80% of students travel abroad and 97% are employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduation. Also, for the last seven years U.S. News World Report ranked Taylor the #1 regional college–Midwest.


Anderson University – Anderson

Anderson University is a private Christian college in Anderson, Indiana. The University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology. Today, about 2,500  students call Anderson University home. Among these, more than 2,000 are undergraduates while over 550 are enrolled in graduate programs. Students come from almost every state and 22 nations, and represent about 71 religious denominations. AU student’s benefit from the expertise of its 135 faculty members and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Among tenure-track faculty, 77 percent hold doctorates or other terminal degrees.


Earlham College – Richmond

Earlham is consistently ranked among the top 10 national liberal arts colleges for its commitment to excellence in teaching. The professors are active scholars and dedicated teachers who regularly involve students in their research. Earlham is committed to welcoming students from all over the world. Students come from all over the U.S. and about 80 other countries. In fact, Earlham ranks 6th among national liberal arts colleges in the largest percentage of international students on campus, according to U.S. News and World Report.


Indiana University East – Richmond

Indiana University East offers all the advantages of an Indiana University education. IU East provides its students the opportunity to earn a prestigious IU degree that is respected
throughout Indiana, the nation, and the world. IU East is the region’s leader in baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, offering over 50 academic programs. Students have the opportunity to conduct independent research and creative projects or to work directly with our expert faculty.


Ivy Tech Community College – Muncie, Marion, Anderson, Richmond, New Castle, Connersville

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the
nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. In East Central Indiana, there are six degree granting campuses in eight program schools including: Business, Computing & Informatics, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Public & Social Services and Technology.  The College offers more than 125 areas of study statewide, including in the traditional classroom setting and online. Ivy Tech Community College serves at the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition credits transfer to most other college and universities in Indiana. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.


Purdue Polytechnic Institute – Richmond

In its 50-year existence, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of Technology) has focused on using technology in order to make improvements in business, industry and education. The college’s six signature areas apply across departments and programs:

•   Technology and Life Sciences
•   Security and Forensics
•   Advanced Manufacturing
•   Cyberinfrastructure
•   Energy and Sustainability
•   STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)


Purdue Polytechnic Institute – Anderson

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of Technology) at Anderson is part of a statewide network that offers the same technology degrees available in West Lafayette. The university offers three bachelor of science (BS) degree programs. Graduates of these programs find employment in business and industry in Anderson and the surrounding communities. In addition to offering these degree programs, Purdue serves as a resource for local business and industrial personnel who are updating their skills or who need retraining in technical fields. The student population is a mix of traditional college-aged students who recently have graduated from high school and nontraditional students already in the workplace. This diversity brings a unique blend of education and experience into classroom discussions, benefiting all.