IUPUI is an urban research university created in 1969 as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities, with IU as the managing partner. Thus IUPUI is a campus of Indiana University that grants degrees in some 185 programs from both Indiana University and Purdue University. IUPUI offers the broadest range of academic programs of any campus in Indiana and is the state"s principal site for graduate professional education. This campus ranks among the top fifteen in the country in the number of first professional degrees it confers and among the top five in the number of health-related degrees. IUPUI is the home campus for state-wide programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and social work and extends its program offerings through IUPU Columbus.

IUPUI Quick Facts

  • IUPUI is home to the only professional medical and dental schools in the state and our nursing school is the largest multi-discipline nursing school in the nation.
  • The IUPUI campus ranks among the top 20 in the country in the number of first professional and health-related degrees it confers.
  • IUPUI alumni account for 85 percent of Indiana's dentists, half the physicians, nearly half of the state's lawyers, more than a third of the nurses, and a large percentage of the health and rehabilitation sciences and social work professionals.
  • More than 30,000 students attend IUPUI, representing all 50 states and 122 countries.
  • The campus offers more than 200 academic programs?from associate degrees to doctoral and professional degrees.
  • The campus, blocks from downtown Indianapolis, is also just three blocks from the Indiana Government Center, four blocks from Victory Field and the RCA Dome, and adjacent to White River State Park, home of the NCAA National Headquarters, the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, and the Eiteljorg Museum.
  • Student housing has the capacity for 1,107 students in a traditional residence hall, town homes, and Campus Apartments on the River Walk.

IUPUI Interactive Timeline

This timeline is intended to provide an informative and interactive presentation of IUPUI's important building milestones. Over the years, the campus has expanded dramatically, adding new research, teaching and learning, and clinical capacity, developing facilities for bringing major conferences and sporting events to Indianapolis, and allowing consolidation of the institution into a single physical location.

Mouse over the photos for information on the building shown.
1981:Business/SPEA Building
The Business/SPEA Building was constructed for the Kelley School of Business-Indianapolis and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Kelley offers a full range of business programs, including an online MBA. SPEA uses interdisciplinary approaches to develop solutions to public policy issues.
1982:IUPUI Natatorium
The Natatorium on the IUPUI campus houses what has been called one of the finest pools in the world, along with weight rooms and other fitness facilities. It has been a frequent host of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and of national swimming competitions; 88 American and 10 World records have been broken there. The facility, which also houses the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, is available to all and can be used by IUPUI students for a minimal fee.
1987:University Place Hotel and Conference Center
University Place, on the IUPUI Campus, combines a state-of-the-art Conference Center, operated by the university, with an adjoining privately operated 278-room hotel. The complex is used for academic conferences and meetings and campus activities, as well as for corporate and community events.
1990:University Library
The centerpiece of the IUPUI library system, University Library provides academic and community patrons with spaces designed for study and learning. The five-story facility houses hundreds of study carrels, group study rooms, multimedia classrooms, and a 100-seat auditorium. A decade after its opening, it remains one of the most technologically sophisticated library/high technology centers in North America.
1993:Science, Engineering and Technology Building
The opening of the Science, Engineering and Technology Building (SET) Phase II in 1991 and Phase III in 1993 enabled the School of Engineering and Technology and the School of Science to have their offices, facilities, and classes in one central location for the first time in the schools' histories.
1996:Indiana University Cancer Pavilion
The 57,000 square-foot Cancer Pavilion is part of the Indiana University Cancer Center. This state-of-the-art facility has enhanced the Cancer Center's ability to provide comprehensive care and support services to cancer patients and their families. It houses the adult outpatient multidisciplinary cancer clinics and treatment facilities, as well as a patient education and outreach center.
1997:Indiana University Cancer Research Institute
The 63,000+ square-foot IU Cancer Research Institute united within a single location the cancer laboratories of researchers from across the campus. It houses over 62 laboratories and a 100-seat lecture hall for educational programs. The Indiana University Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated center and the organizational core for the wide array of cancer research, education, and patient care programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
1988:Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium
Indiana University's Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium is part of the IUPUI Sports Complex. It has hosted events ranging from U.S. Olympic team trials to the U.S. Open Cup Soccer Finals. Four world and eight American track and field records have been broken at the track and soccer stadium. In addition to renovations made in 1997, a new high-technology timing, scoring, and scoreboard display system was installed in 1998.
2000:In the current decade, IUPUI continues to enhance the learning environment by providing student housing, a Campus Center that will serve as students' "home away from home" and promote greater student life opportunities, and facilities for programs that prepare students for new careers. With the opening of Inlow Hall, the new home of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, and the renovation of the old law school building to house the Herron School of Art, the consolidation of IUPUI into one location will finally be complete. 2001:Inlow Hall
The new home of the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis was completed in the summer of 2001. Inlow Hall features a three-story, state-of-the-art law library with private study rooms for small groups; a large courtroom/auditorium; classrooms especially designed to facilitate discussion and debate; areas reserved for student organizations and activities; and the Law School's in-house clinics and Career Services Office. All is arranged around a spacious central atrium.
2003:CTC/IC Complex
The Communications Technology Complex (CTC) and the Information Complex (IC) will combine IUPUI information technology research and services with its academic programs in Informatics, New Media, Journalism, and Music and is designed to provide a cutting-edge classroom environment for IUPUI students.
2005:Eskenazi Hall
In 2005, the Herron School of Art and Design moved into a new building on the IUPUI campus: Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hall. This 169,000-square-foot (15,700 m2) facility tripled the amount of space available to Herron students and includes a 5,500-square-foot (510 m2) library, a 240-seat auditorium, 4,200 square feet (390 m2) of gallery space, and several computer labs.
2008:Campus Center
A new Campus Center and new student residences will enhance the development of student life, making the campus environment more comfortable and welcoming to resident and nonresident students alike. The renovation of Sydney and Lois Eskenazi Hall as the new home of the Herron School of Art will complete the physical consolidation of the campus and contribute to the its cultural vitality.
1969–2009:Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence!
IUPUI will observe its 40th year in 2009 and celebrate its accomplishments all year long.
Established on a "fast track" over a six month period in late 1968, IUPUI was created out of the vision of then Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar, IU President Joseph L. Sutton, Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde, IUPUI's first Chancellor, Maynard K. Hine, and other visionary leaders in our community. Over the next 40 years, IUPUI has truly come into its own, becoming what Richard Lugar called for, "a great state university in Indianapolis."