Why We Love Indianapolis
Located in the heart of Indiana, Indianapolis is a thriving, progressive metropolis of about 900,000 people. It's a city that offers rich urban amenities with small-town charm and convenience. In addition, Indianapolis is easy on the wallet. The cost of living is below the national average, and the city boasts one of the most affordable housing markets in the nation.
A lot to do, on campus and off
UIndy students can take advantage of exceptional entertainment, cultural and recreational opportunities both on campus and in the metropolitan area. UIndy is a cultural destination in its own right. The University presents more than 100 arts-related events each year, and most are free. Campus activities feature renowned speakers and entertainers, dramatic and artistic productions, and musical shows and concerts.
Not far from campus are a world-class art museum and symphony orchestra, several theatres and performing arts venues, and historical sites. Indianapolis also is home to the world’s largest children’s museum.
Downtown features the White River State Park, which includes the beautiful Canal Walk, the Medal of Honor Memorial, the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, and the Indianapolis Zoo. The city also boasts an award-winning $50 million cultural trail in the downtown area that provides miles of walking and biking space lined with landscaping and public art.
Sports fans will love Indianapolis. The city is an amateur sports destination and hosts many national and international athletic events, including NCAA basketball tournaments and Olympic trials for track and field and swimming. It is home to the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, along with Triple AA baseball’s Indianapolis Indians. For race fans there are the world-famous Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, which take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the city's west side.
Educational opportunities, easy access
As the capital of Indiana, Indianapolis provides an ideal educational setting for the study of government. The state's government complex is located downtown, just minutes from campus.
The city also boasts a variety of industrial, commercial and social institutions, and offers exceptional health care facilities. It is one of the top 25 media markets in the nation, with major television network affiliates, radio stations, magazines and newspapers.
You'll have no problem finding your way around Indianapolis. The four interstates leaving the city and the I-465 loop around it provide ready access to the UIndy campus and quick connections with the Indianapolis International Airport to the west.
You don't have to just take our word for it. Liveability.com rated Indy #3 of the country's best downtowns, and the New York Times listed Indianapolis as one of it's "52 Places to Go in 2014," right between Andermatt, Switzerland, and the Mekong River in southeast Asia.
And, best of all for new grads, Indianapolis is included in TIME's Top 10 Best Cities to Start a New Career.