2017 Best Colleges in Indiana

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    University of Notre Dame

    • South Bend, IN
    • 1,216 reviews
    College Junior:The community aspect of the University of Notre Dame is unmatched by any other school that I applied to during my college application process. It was the perfect fit for me from a social, an academic, and a religious perspective.
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    Purdue University

    • West Lafayette, IN
    • 4,047 reviews
    College Sophomore:A Purdue degree carries a lot of weight around the country, especially with the successful alumni the school has. Annual career fairs show exactly how many businesses are looking for Purdue students specifically, and if you know what field you want to work in, you'll find a lot of help getting an internship or job within it.
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    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    • Terre Haute, IN
    • 367 reviews
    College Sophomore:The people at Rose are what make it a special place. Students are friendly and there is a definitive collaborative spirit that runs free on campus. The teachers genuinely want to help students. Close relationships can be formed because of the small style environment. The education is top notch and requires a lot of hard work. But I wouldn't have it any other way!
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    Indiana University - Bloomington

    • Bloomington, IN
    • 4,032 reviews
    College Sophomore:As I said before, Indiana University to me seem to be the best fit for any college kid who are looking for a great opportunities in a future careers. I love the professors we have becuase they are welling to work with us outside of class. A lot of people say "At big schools the professors do not know your name", while I feel like that is a myth. The professor I have had in the past all know my last name. They care about us as much as they care about themselves. I enjoy the nice clean rooms we have class at which motivates me to want to improve myself. I was always told in sports that if you look good you will play good. Same with learning. If it look clean and nice in the rooms, you will become clean and nice ready to learn something new.
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    Butler University

    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 1,217 reviews
    College Junior:I love the resources available to students on campus at Butler University. There are so many networking opportunities, leadership opportunities, and professors are always willing to make sure you are learning in the classroom. I feel very connected to the Butler community of care and if feels like a giant family here. There is always something free to do, as well. For example, movies on the weekends, trips to sporting events, lazer tagging, concerts, etc... Butler is the best.
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    DePauw University

    • Greencastle, IN
    • 491 reviews
    College Sophomore:The strong sense of community and support that the small school atmosphere provides has been an incredibly positive experience for me. In addition, the small class sizes help professors foster highly intellectual and productive relationships with students. The average student at DePauw is very motivated, curious, and intelligent. These characteristics make the students at DePauw very unique because not only do they have big dreams but they also have the determination and support to make them happen. DePauw students unofficial motto of "Work hard, play hard" describes why I would choose DePauw all over again if given the opportunity. The balance of rigorous academics with positive social experiences that allow students to decompress and prepare for the upcoming week of classes is why DePauw University was the right choice for me.
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    Wabash College

    • Crawfordsville, IN
    • 139 reviews
    College Sophomore:Wabash offers many challenging courses. The workload is not going to be easy, but that's the beauty of Wabash-- it prepares you for grad school or the " real world" while encouraging you to think critically. There are many resources for students to use which include free tutors, time management consulting, and professors are always available for help.
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    Taylor University

    • Upland, IN
    • 993 reviews
    College Junior:I chose to attend a two-year community college to save money. I firmly believe this a wise decision both financially and academically. Financially, I was able to save a substantial amount of money, eliminating my student debt, and setting myself up on a good path for my future. Academically, I was able to take interesting and eye opening courses that peaked my interest in the field of education and in learning in general.
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    University of Evansville

    • Evansville, IN
    • 638 reviews
    College Senior:The environment at UE is so open and welcoming. The faculty truly cares about the students and administration is constantly seeking ways to make the experience even better for students. The university puts on events all the time that range from philanthropy events, talent shows, trivia night, comedy nights, concerts, and more. Knowing what I know now, I would choose this school a million times over.
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    Goshen College

    • Goshen, IN
    • 119 reviews
    College Sophomore:Goshen College is such an amazing place, and I am convinced more each day that this is the place where I was meant to be. I have made such good friends, and I've already had many amazing opportunities in my first year and a half here. The professors love their content areas, and they truly care about their students and want us to succeed. My only quibble is the expensive price tag. I wouldn't trade my experience here for anything, though.
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    Saint Mary's College - Indiana

    • Notre Dame, IN
    • 485 reviews
    College Freshman:I have not started in my major yet, as I am still a freshman. Upperclassman that I have talked to say that a Statistics major is great. Some days you feel overloaded, but others not so much. Also many of the girls were able to take fun elective classes while deep in the major.
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    Ball State University

    • Muncie, IN
    • 3,113 reviews
    College Sophomore:Most of my courses have been great. Most of the teachers have been very understanding and provide a great atmosphere. I've had a couple of teachers, though, who were not very good at their jobs. Particularly my Math 125 teacher, who no one could understand and my stage makeup teacher, who openly played favorites.
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    Hanover College

    • Hanover, IN
    • 422 reviews
    College Sophomore:It's easy to find where you fit in. The professors are all very helpful and are willing to work with you. The president goes to all events and that is really cool. I would not have chosen any where else.
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    Earlham College

    • Richmond, IN
    • 217 reviews
    College Freshman:The professors at Earlham have come from very prestigious backgrounds. Many of them know their profession very well and love their subject matter. The passion can be seen in many of the professors, which is also why they are very open if you want to learn more about the subject. Their door is open and many of them are very welcoming.

    Registration is easy (Except when a server crashes but thats' chill). The curriculum is pretty average. I say this because it is never so easy but it is never so extremely hard. Everything is doable as long as one manages time. In my experience, there is a lot of reading in all classes. Majority of Earlham relies on papers then tests (unless it is science and math...then it is tests).
    Gen-Ed's are a pain but not horrible. What is nice is that most teachers who can see the students who love the class and separate them for gen-ed's are quite understanding. If you're taking a Gen-Ed and struggling, again the teachers do not mind helping you out. They WANT you to PASS! TA's are also very helpful as well and offer many special study sessions.

    If you need to study, there are two libraries where it is quite quiet. People also study in the coffeeshop and of course dorm rooms.
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    Valparaiso University

    • Valparaiso, IN
    • 964 reviews
    College Junior:The school is small enough to have personal relationships with your professors for help in class, but large enough where you might not see or know everyone in your grade or major.
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    Indiana Wesleyan University

    • Marion, IN
    • 862 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love it here, and I wouldn't choose to go anywhere else. It is a little far from home, my drive is about 7-8 hours, but it's so worth it to go to such an incredible school
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    College Junior:The staff has been using 2 different websites for courses. As well as other sites required for classes which has been more than annoying (imagine keeping track of classes and assignments on over 5 different websites, no joke). Overall, the campus and staff are great. I do not regret attending IUPUI. Fair warning, the parking is atrocious, like looking for over an hour for a parking spot. (after you pay 375 for a parking pass).
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    University of Indianapolis

    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 822 reviews
    College Junior:My experience at college thus far has been positive. The financial aspect of it is a struggle, but I do my best to get good grades while working to afford it. At the University of Indianapolis the campus is small which is helpful to me. My class sizes are small therefore if I am in need of extra help or assistants my professors are very willing to help. I stay out of trouble because my campus is small and there is not much distraction. I would choose and recommend my school to many and all I just wish the financial aspect wasn't so stressful.
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    Franklin College

    • Franklin, IN
    • 440 reviews
    College Senior:My overall experience at Franklin College has been life changing. I have found opportunities here I never thought I would have. I have grown as a leader and a person. My liberal arts education has challenged and molded me into a better human being. The exposure we receive to the real world really makes the Franklin experience one of a kind. I visited no other school, applied nowhere else. Franklin was it for me. The campus and the people sold me the second I walked on campus. Everyone here genuinely cares about you. The professors, staff, and students know your name. Walking down Dame Mall (the main stretch of campus) is like a family gathering. People you had class with once aren't just faces, they are names and usually friends. Franklin's atmosphere speaks for itself. I encourage anyone to come visit FC, it is truly a special place.
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    Marian University - Indiana

    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 373 reviews
    College Junior:I really like the program I'm in. I feel like I'm being prepared for my future, and I know that I'll have a ton of support behind me when I go to find a job. The workload is challenging at times, but I also know that it is very important that I learn all of those things. It's a good kind of challenging.
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    Indiana University - Southeast

    • New Albany, IN
    • 625 reviews
    College Junior:I first attended at IUPUI The Herron School of Art and Design and I have absolutely loved it. For each major you are required to go through all of your basic art classes so you are able to graduate with a BFA. I have really enjoyed learning the film photography that is required at Herron. I wish that there was more digital work involved. It would be more realistic since film photography would be difficult to afford after college. I have recently switched schools due to moving home after having a baby. I will be focusing on digital photography and graphic design. I am ready to start my new journey at a new new school to better my child's life and my life.
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    Manchester University

    • North Manchester, IN
    • 372 reviews
    College Student:I was a pre-pharmacy major, so the course load was pretty heavy, but very doable. The professors in the biology and chemistry departments are very helpful and want to help students succeed. They are typically available any time you could need them. The workload was heavy at times especially if you are a two year pre-pharmacy major. They cram a lot of difficult classes in a short amount of time, which is to be expected to prepare you for pharmacy school. Organic chemistry requires a lot of your time. My favorite study space was a classroom in the science center. It was quiet and easy access to professors when I needed help.
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    Bethel College - Indiana

    • Mishawaka, IN
    • 480 reviews
    College Junior:I was a transfer student, so this was my second school. I love the small atmosphere and the family feel. Bethel is focused on service and caring for others as well as yourself.
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    Trine University

    • Angola, IN
    • 522 reviews
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    University of Southern Indiana

    • Evansville, IN
    • 800 reviews
    College Senior:Being at USI is such a positive experience. With it being such a small campus, it really seems like family. Staff is always really nice and helpful to students. I thought at first that I would not like this school, but I was wrong.
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