Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Indiana.
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Accredited Online Colleges Database
The following agencies accredit schools in Indiana. However, these agencies only issue institution-wide accreditation; program-specific accreditation is a separate process. To find out more about particular programs, see our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education or regulations pertaining to education in Indiana, visit the state’s Board of Education’s website or the higher education commission. You can also contact the agencies below for more information on accredited institutions in the state.
Directory listing of schools to follow
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of institutions there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for online colleges in Indiana. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Indiana is home to some outstanding public universities. Learn more about a few of those well-known institutions by reading below.
Indiana University– Bloomington
While eight different campuses make up Indiana University, the Bloomington location is the largest, with 42,133 students. That also makes it the biggest public university in the state, and it offers students 180 different majors. For the sport-minded, the university also hosts the Little 500 Bicycle Race each year, which is the largest collegiate bike race in the country. The school has produced Hoosier sport greats such as Olympic gold medalist Steve Alford and Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz.
Purdue’s suburban campus in West Lafayette is the school’s main hub, housing more than 40,000 students. It’s first and foremost a research university, though it has also been dubbed a “cradle for astronauts“: both Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan are alumni. The school has a strong tradition of Greek life, an outstanding basketball program, and more than 70 different masters and doctorate degree programs.
Ball State University
Though almost half the size of the previous two public schools, Ball State provides its students with an exceptional education, offering an especially strong entrepreneurship program. Students in this program must present a final senior project to a board of business professionals and get that panel’s stamp of approval to pass the course. Notable alumni include David Letterman, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, and Garfield creator Jim Davis.
Several of Indiana’s private schools regularly rank in the top 100 schools in the country. The state houses a mix of big-name and lesser-known (but still challenging) institutions.
University of Notre Dame
Maybe best known in popular culture for the movie “Rudy,” Notre Dame has a long and storied history. U.S. News ranks the school as No. 18 on its list of national universities, and not without reason: made up of eight colleges, the institution only accepts 23% of applicants to its rigorous academic programs. Notre Dame’s faculty have received 46 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the most of any school in the country. The school also has a strong athletic program, producing athletes such as football player Joe Montana.
Indiana Wesleyan University
With 15,580 students during the fall of 2013, Indiana Wesleyan University is the state’s largest private school. It was founded in 1920 as an evangelical Christian school, and today challenges its students to maintain their Christian character. However, the school offers a wide range of majors outside of Biblical or theological studies, with an especially wide range in the education field. It also offers adult education courses in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
DePauw, founded in 1837, has just 2,336 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year. As a liberal arts institution in rural Greencastle, the school provides students an immersive college experience: students are required to live on campus, and they begin their freshman year with the DePauw Mentor Program. Alumni include ESPN founders Bill and Scott Rasmussen and former US Secretary of the Treasury Joseph W. Barr.