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Indiana, known as the “Hoosier State,” is home to 40 public and 32 private non-profit colleges and universities, including Indiana University, Ball State University, and Purdue University. The state also has more than 20 private institutions of higher education, such as DeVry University, Kaplan College, and Sanford-Brown College. Its public and private schools are overseen by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, which was founded in 1971 to define the educational mission of the state’s institutions, plan and coordinate a self-supported system of higher education, approve the creation of new academic programs, and more. Through its various programs, the commission seeks to offer high-quality educational programs at a lower cost, increase the completion rate by improving college preparation programs on the K-12 level, and increase the financial transparency of its state education system.
Indiana University is a public four-year institution with eight campuses throughout Indiana, including its core campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis. The university is well known for the quality of its educational programs; it was ranked No. 75 in national universities by the U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s Best Colleges of 2012 rankings. In fact, many of the university’s graduate program were highly ranked by the U.S. News, including its public affairs, clinical psychology, and law, which were ranked No. 7, No. 18, and No. 26 in the nation. In addition to its on-campus programs, Indiana University offers a high school diploma, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees online. These degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1869, Purdue University’s first class consisted of six teachers and 39 students. Since then, it has grown to become a nationally recognized institution that serves more than 40,000 students at its main campus in West Lafayette and its regional campuses in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville, and Hammond. The U.S. Newsplaced Purdue University at No. 62 in its ranking of national universities, and nine of its graduate programs ranked within the top 30 in the nation. Purdue University is also recognized as one of the top online colleges for engineering; the U.S. Newsranked it No. 8 in faculty credentials and training, No. 19 in student engagement and accreditation, and No. 24 in student services and technology of the top online engineering programs. It also offers online associate and master’s degrees in business, education, and technology.
Ball State University is a public, four-year institution that awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 100 subjects, including accounting, architecture, computer technology, business administration, and nutrition and dietetics. The university, located in Muncie, strives to create an engaging learning environment that emphasizes immersive learning, which is the incorporation of projects with community partner organizations into the curriculum. The U.S. News placed the university at No. 8 in its ranking of up-and-coming schools, which demonstrates the degree to which the school is making promising and innovative changes to the student experience. Ball State University also offers online associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in education, business, psychology, nursing, and more. Included in its online offerings is an MBA and RN to BSN completion program.