2017 Best Colleges in Indiana

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    University of Notre Dame

    • South Bend, IN
    • 1,216 reviews
    Niche User:I attended Notre Dame's Summer Scholars Program. So, I will give my perspective on that experience. At the beginning of the session, the Dean told us it would be "life changing." Indeed, it was. The friends, the environment, the professors and the spirituality of this campus is unmatched. The grounds are impeccable and incredibly gorgeous with flowers everywhere. Based on my experience, I have changed my career goals- a life changing experience. I have had lots of college experiences since age 3. Notre Dame, without exception, is the FINEST. I am a triplet and I speak for my siblings too. We are ND fans and always will be.
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    Purdue University

    • West Lafayette, IN
    • 4,063 reviews
    Freshman:I am very happy with my decision to come to Purdue! I came in as a student in Exploratory Studies, because I really didn't know what I wanted to major in or what career path I wanted to take. The Exploratory program helped me tremendously by encouraging me to interview people in various majors and careers that I was interested in as well as providing me with several personality tests. By the end of the semester, I was confident in my decision to pursue a degree in Animal Sciences with a concentration in pre-vet med. Aside from my experiences with Exploratoy Studies, Purdue has been a great place to meet people from all different races and cultures, it has challenged me in my academics but is full of resources to help me maintain good grades, and it has so many fun clubs to join to practice your hobbies or foster new ones. I would definitely recommend Purdue to anyone considering it!
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    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    • Terre Haute, IN
    • 367 reviews
    Freshman:The academics are outstanding. I learn more each week than I ever learned in my high school career. The hands-on aspects of labs makes each class fun! Every day is an adventure! And I have already made lifelong friends, and everyone I meet is open to meeting people.
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    Indiana University - Bloomington

    • Bloomington, IN
    • 4,047 reviews
    Junior:Bloomington, sometimes referred to as the most beautiful campus in the world, is an overall excellent university. They offer almost any major one could imagine, and if not there is a program where you can create your own! The athletics are one of a kind, with one of the most invested fan bases in the US. Bloomington is one of the best college towns, offering a wide variety of restaurants and bars near campus. Dorms and housing are similar to any campus, there are pricy options with hotel status housing, and economic housing that's much more affordable. Whatever option you choose, you are sure to become a family and make friends. Overall, this campus ranks high on all levels, from academics to athletics.
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    Butler University

    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 1,222 reviews
    Freshman:My experience at Butler has been nothing less than phenomenal. With going away for the first time, from a small town, my academic advisor saw my sadness. He emailed me and had me come to his office on several occasions during the first couple weeks. His words, "Chelsea, you are not going home." He was my second dad, mentor and an actual professor my first semester. I am forever grateful to him! I majoring in Sports Media and have already made huge strides in my field. The professors and athletic department are so welcoming and accommodating to their students! I now know what they mean when you hear, "The Butler Way!" Everything is absolutely top notch here at this incredible institution!
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    DePauw University

    • Greencastle, IN
    • 493 reviews
    College Sophomore:Quality of courses: Excellent. I have yet to take a class and feel like I learned nothing.

    Professors: Even when they're the crazy mad-scientist type of professor, they are always willing to help. They all are very good at what they do, and each one wants to know their students personally. The personal attention to students is one of my favorite aspects of the school.

    Variety of courses: Pretty great selection, but you have to cross your fingers if you want to get into a popular class. They fill up quickly and many people are often waitlisted for things like Psych and Sociology. Criminology was a big one recently that many people could not get into quickly enough.

    Class sizes: I haven't had a class bigger than 30 people, and probably never will. It feels very much like a high school class size.

    If you're looking for a great school where you will get a lot of personal attention from professors, this is the place for you. DePauw cares about its students and provides great resources to ensure you'll get all the help you need with things like internships, finding a job, connecting with alumni, and even helping you to write an awesome resume. The atmosphere is always friendly and people are always willing to go the extra mile to help you out. I love it!
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    Wabash College

    • Crawfordsville, IN
    • 140 reviews
    Alum:Wabash is one of the last all-men's colleges in the country. But the lasting quality of its educational experience allows its graduates to compete with and out-perform top graduates of the Ivies and similarly ranked schools. The major difference is that our students don't typically come in with high grades and board scores, but boy do they ever leave with an education. As a result, Wabash is arguably the greatest value-added institution of higher education in the country.
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    Taylor University

    • Upland, IN
    • 995 reviews
    Sophomore:I am currently enrolled at Taylor University and I love it! This place is my home and the friends I have made there will last a lifetime. Attending Taylor has helped me grow so much in my faith, and it has helped me become a more independent, well-rounded individual. The one complaint that I have heard a lot about Taylor is its location. Yes, it is in the middle of a cornfield, but I have never been bored and I have attended this school for a year and a half now. There is so much to do on campus and there are several smaller cities within 30 minutes of campus and two large cities within 1 hour if you really need to find something to do.
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    University of Evansville

    • Evansville, IN
    • 638 reviews
    Freshman:It is an expensive school, however, you receive many of the resources you need. They provide a health center, free counselors, free tutors, free word, office, and excel programs, free gym membership and programs, free laundry, and much more. The teachers are alright, but some underclassman teachers aren't good at teaching while they are good people. The atmosphere is unusually quiet. No one is out during the mornings to early afternoons and it is like a ghost town on the weekends There should be a little more activities to get the students of Evansville engaged together and to meet more students. Commuters are left out of the loop a lot and it is hard for them to get engaged in the campus community. Making up about a third of the school, the sorority and fraternity kids get the most out of the campus and party life and they seem to be the better socializers.
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    Goshen College

    • Goshen, IN
    • 119 reviews
    Senior:I discovered my passion at Goshen College. When I began as a freshman, I was studying biology but was unsure of what career would be best for me. I quickly began to doubt that my calling was in biology. Thanks to a couple professors and a friend that I met at Goshen College, I was encouraged to change my major to broadcasting. It was in Goshen College’s communication department that I discovered my passion for journalism and TV news. A professor in that department saw my potential, invested in me, and even helped me get a job at a local TV news station. Goshen College is known for academic excellence despite its small size. The advantage of the smaller campus is that students receive more personalized guidance. The campus is also very diverse, with the population of Hispanic students increasing to almost 30 percent. I only wish the college had more black students, but the college is already making efforts to increase its black student population.
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    Saint Mary's College - Indiana

    • Notre Dame, IN
    • 485 reviews
    College Sophomore:The strong community based atmosphere among students and teachers make classes more interesting and make college my home away from home. Professors know me by name, want me to succeed, and take the time to help me reach my goals. The student body is a supportive, genuine, and caring group of women who I have shared many memories with and whom have always been there for each other. I would choose Saint Mary's College again and again if I had too. This all-women's institution has provided me with many opportunities, expanded my thinking, and has truly given me a second home and family. I am in love with my Saint Mary's education! Go Belles!
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    Ball State University

    • Muncie, IN
    • 3,123 reviews
    Junior:The school grounds are really nice. There are many trees and green areas. Some of the dorms are old and not great to live in, while others are very new. Use ratemyprofessor.com before registering for classes if you can to avoid the less than stellar professors. There are great professors at Ball State don't worry though. I am not a big partier but I know there are parties every weekend. Muncie is a really boring town though with not much to do. The university does show a free movie every Friday night though. The students are not very diverse, with there mostly being caucasian students, some African-Americans, and some Asian students. Our Football team isn't the best but it's also not the worst. Other than that I am not sure what sports Ball State is good at. There have been multiple shootings near campus this year but they usually happen at night when I'm already home. Overall, I would definitely recommend Ball State University! I really enjoy the scholl and the people here.
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    Hanover College

    • Hanover, IN
    • 422 reviews
    College Sophomore:At first I was committed to IUPUI, but after going to an event with a buddy (who no longer attends Hanover), I discovered that I felt at home at Hanover. Upon arriving on campus, I knew this was the place i wanted to be for my collegiate career. The school is small enough that professors take interest in your activities and truly care about your success, but large enough to blend into the school if that is what you want. There are always events going on that are generally open to the students and the food at the Shoebox and Underground is simply fantastic. While it does cost a pretty penny, I believe the experiences I've had at Hanover and the connections I've made have really paid off, and that is only in my first year!
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    Earlham College

    • Richmond, IN
    • 218 reviews
    College Freshman:Professors are, for the most part, incredibly helpful, passionate, and knowledgeable. They go by their first names (because of the Quaker values of Earlham) which makes them more approachable in some ways. Courses in every area are challenging and engaging. A lot of the assigned readings are incredibly interesting, and on more than one occasion I've discussed them with friends (in a non-academic setting). Courses are also frequently interdisciplinary, drawing on and connecting several subjects. Classes are usually very small (10-20), with a few intro classes reaching 50-60 students.
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    Valparaiso University

    • Valparaiso, IN
    • 971 reviews
    Sophomore:I currently attend Valparaiso University. I am an Electrical Engineering major and in my second year. I love it here at Valpo! The university has so many people that care for each student. My experience here has been great. Every step of my journey toward my degree has not been easy. But, whether it be one of the professors, my academic adviser, or even another fellow student, there is always someone who has my back. The professors are always willing to give there time and effort to any student that needs it to help them succeed. I have many times dealt with a stressful situation, but ended up looking at it in a positive manner thanks to the great professors here. Overall, this is one of the greatest universities in the country and will always be my favorite.
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    Indiana Wesleyan University

    • Marion, IN
    • 874 reviews
    Niche User:From Indiana Wesleyan I experienced wonder hospitality from the track coach and a college sponsor that use to go to the school. They heavily explained that it was a wonderful Christian school that focuses on the spirit of college and finding yourself rather than the experience of more education. My majors of psychology and physical education is very well doable to take. Also they greatly explained that if necessary that clubs can be created to better the experience at the college. I love to dance, so when I mentioned of created a dance club at the school, they were very much thrilled. As an undergraduate they got me very hyped to be apart of Indiana Wesleyan. What i would like the change there is the track and field division team. They are division 2 which isn't bad, however I would like to be with the better competition to better the like experience of being at the Olympics.
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    Freshman:Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis is a very well diverse university where everyone feels important. The campus is small enough to where you have plenty of time to get from class to class, yet big enough to where it still gives off the typical college vibe. Right now some of the roads are currently under construction though making it hard to cross the streets at certain spots and a little confusing to drive, since they are turning the street into a two-way rather than a one-way. As far as the professors go, it is only my first semester but every professor I have is wonderful. They all quickly respond back to my concerns about my grades or questions about homework!
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    University of Indianapolis

    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 827 reviews
    Alum:University of Indianapolis, or UIndy, is a private university that continues to grow. The campus is just 5 mins from downtown Indianapolis and 15 mins from Greenwood. So there are multiple shopping and off campus food options right at the finger tips of students. They also have multiple programs that rate highly in the nation. They recently opened a new green space area and are working on new gorgeous student living. The campus is a dry campus but that doesn't mean that student life is not exciting and rich with all of the campus sponsored activities and athletics. It is a great private university. Go Hound Pound!
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    Franklin College

    • Franklin, IN
    • 440 reviews
    Junior:I love Franklin College because they've given me the opportunities to be successful and excel in my career field. They helped me choose that career field by offering me an internship at a hospital where I realized that I want to pursue being a physician's assistant rather than a doctor. The community of Franklin is one big family, and I've made friendships that will last a lifetime. We're also in a unique spot being in a small town but only 30 minutes from Indianapolis. If I could go back and do it all again, I would choose Franklin every time!
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    Marian University - Indiana

    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 374 reviews
    Freshman:A new freshman to college can be very frightening and that indeed it was for me. I have always been extremely social in High School and when I got to college it seemed like everything changed. I was afraid to communicate with others and I was very overwhelmed. The staff at Marian made me feel so welcomed and as if everyone was a family. I have never been away from my family so this was very helpful. My classes were smaller, which was nice because it allowed me to have more one on one time with my professor for additional help and questions. Marian is an exceptional school with great staff and professors and compassion for their students.
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    Indiana University - Southeast

    • New Albany, IN
    • 629 reviews
    Senior:I love this college! The professors know me by name and do all they can to help and support me. There is infinite assistance in the application process, study help, and scholarships. The class variety is amazing, as well! Everyone is loving and kind and the food is spectacular. On-campus living is luxurious- with a full kitchen and living room and everything is furnished!
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    Manchester University

    • North Manchester, IN
    • 372 reviews
    Freshman:I started Manchester University in the fall of 2016 as a freshman. I met my roommate on a website that the school provides for us to meet other incoming students. When I went for orientation, the food was good but definitely has degraded over the time that I have been there. The student life there is great. Everybody is very friendly and accepting of one another. I have a new family away from home at Manchester with all of my friends. One thing I really like about the dorms are that there are not curfews and the quiet hours are not very strict on most floors. I live in Garver, which is the most convenient building with air conditioning and being placed right by everything. Many of the buildings do seem old and run down though so I do recommend going on a visit before you commit to the school.
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    Bethel College - Indiana

    • Mishawaka, IN
    • 481 reviews
    Sophomore:Academics and professors are amazing, the class size is not very big so they have time to help you and make sure that your questions are answered. Campus is absolutely beautiful, we have multiple ponds and a lot of trees that make it beautiful in all seasons. The Dining Commons has fairly good food although it gets very repetitive it is nice though because there is a sub shop on campus that you can use meal swipes for. Also, you get "Bethel bucks" that can be used at three different restaurants just across the street. Bethel is located in the perfect part of Mishawaka with stores and restaurants within walking distance. Perfect college for those who like the college feel without the big university stress.
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    Trine University

    • Angola, IN
    • 523 reviews
    Niche User:When I visited Trine University last month it was an unforgettable experience. The amount of hard work and effort the owners and employees do is something out movies. They sit down and talk with the students to discuss what Trine could do better or offer. Such as last year, a group of students bowled all through high school but Trine did not have a bowling team. So, they talked with Trine and inevitably they started their own club and played a few other colleges nearby that had bowling teams. They actually did quite well. As of the fall semester of 2017 arises, a 6 lane bowling alley is being built and a bowling team had been established.
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    University of Southern Indiana

    • Evansville, IN
    • 805 reviews
    Sophomore:I love USI. The campus is beautiful and safe. Great area to live in! Safe community. I am so happy I made the decision to come to USI. I have made so many life-long friends. I had amazing help from my advisor and other faculty and friends on deciding what I want to do with my future and they made it so easy. So many people here focus so much on their future. The food is amazing with all of the options. And we have a nationally ranked men's and women's basketball teams making it so exciting to go and watch them play. The dorms are up-to-date and so are all of the buildings. Very nice, new, and clean campus.
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