Education in East Central Indiana

Forging your path sometimes starts out with a good education. Do you have little ones to raise? Or dreams of your own? You’ll find your next step for education here in East Central Indiana. We have public schools, private schools, faith-based education, STEM-focused schools, rural schools, urban schools, and a wide variety of career-oriented, trade programs, and higher education opportunities.

K-12 Schools in East Central Indiana

Choices include public, private, faith-based and STEM focused. Small rural schools to urban schools.

Blackford County Schools

Fayette County Schools

Jay County Schools

Rush County Schools

Higher Education in East Central Indiana

East Central Indiana’s colleges and universities offer a range of certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs, from engineering to education, health care to the humanities. Higher education energizes the region’s culture and economy providing a steady flow of skilled professionals, a youthful demographic and a creative atmosphere that enhances the arts as well as business innovation.

Ball State University – Muncie

Ball State is an integral part of the community and economy of Muncie and the state of Indiana. In addition to preparing the state’s entrepreneurs, teachers, health care providers, scientists, designers, artists, and media and technology professionals, its projects and research drive innovation throughout Indiana. Ball State has grown into a world-class University with highly respected programs in education, architecture, business, communications, fine arts, sciences and humanities and the health professions. The academic year 2019-2020 saw record enrollment of 22,541 students with worldwide alumni totaling 197,000.

Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion

Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University was founded in 1920 as Marion College and is committed to liberal arts and professional education. Indiana Wesleyan is the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the largest private college in Indiana, based on enrollment, and is one of the largest employers in Grant County. Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University’s 350-acre campus in Marion. IWU offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 38 graduate degrees and 5 doctorate degrees and students represent more than 80 Christian denominations and 10 foreign countries. Indiana Wesleyan has received national attention for its innovative adult education program, which began in 1985. Over 10,000 adult learners attend classes online at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Taylor University – Upland

Taylor University, with an enrollment of 1,866 students from 43 states and 31 foreign countries, is located on a 952-acre campus in Upland, Indiana—50 miles south of Fort Wayne and 70 miles north of Indianapolis. Founded in 1846 as Fort Wayne Female College, Taylor University now stands as the oldest non-denominational school in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. With more than 60 majors across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and a Foundational Core curriculum that promotes a broad base of knowledge, Taylor encourages students to ask hard questions, apply themselves to the tasks at hand, and embrace their callings. Taylor University recently placed number one in the U.S. News & World Report for the Best Midwest College, marking the 23rd consecutive year Taylor has appeared in the region’s top three.

Anderson University – Anderson

In 1917, the Anderson Bible Training School (now Anderson University) was established in Anderson, Indiana with 65 students in attendance being trained for ministry. Over the next 100 years, AU grew to become a private, liberal arts institution offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs in business, music education, and theology. Today, AU provides more than 130 ways for it 1,800 students to get involved on campus, including 20 NCAA Division III sports, a nationally recognized intramural program, and numerous interest clubs. Anderson University is recognized among America’s top colleges by Colleges of Distinction, US News & World Report, College Consensus and the Princeton Review.

Earlham College – Richmond

Earlham College is a national liberal arts college with a reputation for excellent teaching and preparing students to make a profound positive difference in the world. Located in Richmond, Indiana, the college sits on an 800-acre campus, including a 600-acre stretch of woods, streams, ponds, old fields, and prairie used for scientific research and recreation. According to U.S. News and World Report, Earlham ranks 4th in the nation for the percentage of international students on campus. The college offers more than 40 courses of study.  Student enrollment is 1,000 with 47 states and 54 countries represented.

Indiana University East – Richmond

Indiana University East, a regional campus of Indiana University, offers residents of eastern Indiana, western Ohio and beyond a broad range of bachelor’s degrees, selected master’s degrees, and certificates through its traditional main campus in Richmond, off-campus sites, and online program options. IUE offers over 60 programs, more than 800 courses, and degrees ranging from certificates to master’s degrees.  Student body includes 3,292 undergraduate students and 198 graduate students with over 10,000 graduates in its alumni network, in fields ranging from business and law to health care and education.

Ivy Tech Community College – 7 locations

With locations in Muncie, Marion, Anderson, Richmond, New Castle, Connersville, and Rushville, Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. In East Central Indiana, there are seven locations offering course work and programs in Business, Computing & Informatics, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Public & Social Services and Technology.  The College offers more than 125 areas of study statewide, including in the traditional classroom setting and online. Ivy Tech Community College serves at the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, credits transfer to most other college and universities in Indiana. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Purdue Polytechnic – Richmond

Purdue Polytechnic’s Richmond location offers the same technology degrees available at Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette, but in a setting that is small enough to provide dedicated, one-on-one attention while students earn their Purdue degree. These programs contribute to retention of talent in the area, as many graduates of Purdue Polytechnic Richmond’s programs choose to stay local, working in business and industry in Richmond and surrounding communities. Degree programs include computer technology, engineering graphics in addition to mechanical, industrial, and robotics engineering technologies degree programs.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute – Anderson

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Anderson is part of a statewide network that offers the same technology degrees available at Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette. Its smaller size allows for dedicated, one-on-one attention while you earn your degree from Purdue University. Purdue Polytechnic Anderson offers five bachelor of science (BS) degree programs. Graduates of these programs find employment in business and industry in Anderson and the surrounding communities. In addition to offering these degree programs, Purdue serves as a resource for local business and industrial personnel who are updating their skills or who need retraining in technical fields. The student population is a mix of traditional college-aged students who recently have graduated from high school and nontraditional students already in the workplace. This diversity brings a unique blend of education and experience into classroom discussions, benefiting all.

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