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At a Glance

The BUILD Program

UIndy students with specific learning disabilities can find full support in earning an associate's or bachelor's degree through the BUILD program, Baccalaureate for University of Indianapolis Learning Disabled.

While all UIndy students with learning disabilities have reasonable accommodations available to them at no additional charge through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, the BUILD program offers accommodations that are significantly more profound.

UIndy established the BUILD program in 1990 as a full support program for students with learning disabilities. In addition, UIndy's caring, dedicated professors, low student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes provide personal attention to BUILD students in a nurturing environment.


Once enrolled, the BUILD program provides many services for students, including one-to-one tutoring with professional tutors, specialized courses in English and math, private study areas and adapted test-taking accommodations. BUILD also has a variety of aids to help with coursework including:

  • Books in alternate format
  • Assistive technology
  • Computer labs
  • Specialized paper for note-taking
  • Smart pens

For more information on the services provided by BUILD, call 317-788-3536.


A unique, cooperative community

All students and staff of the BUILD program are members of a unique educational community whose goal is to access each student's potential for success. Such a goal requires tremendous individual and cooperative effort on the part of each member of this community. The basic tenets of this collaboration include:

  • Commitment to an understanding of one's strengths and difficulties
  • Honesty in academic endeavors
  • Dedication to one's own academic and personal growth
  • Careful organization of time and information
  • Personal accountability
  • Persistence and hard work towards achieving goals
  • Utilization of all support offered at the University


The BUILD program supports self-advocacy. Students are expected to function independently as mature, responsible adults in fulfilling academic requirements and attaining their scholastic and personal goals. Students are expected to attend all class sessions and interact with professors. BUILD tutorial sessions are to support student academic endeavors. However, tutors will assist students, review class information, discern main concepts, set goals and recommend skills to reach goals. Students are expected to attend each tutorial session having already attempted homework and reading assignments. Tutors will be available to help explain unclear concepts; however, students are encouraged to meet frequently with professors.