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Indiana University-Purdue University/Fort Wayne (IPFW)
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Address: 2101 East Coliseum Boulevard
City: Fort Wayne
State Zip/Postal Code: IN 46805-1499
Phone: 260-481-4739
Fax: 260-481-5450
Web Site:

Description: Established in 1964, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is the largest university in northeast Indiana and fifth-largest public four-year institution in the state. As Indiana's Multisystem Metropolitan University, we are uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement and continue to expand our global reach through research, scholarship, and creative expression.

IPFW combines challenging academics with a focus on student success across more than 200 Indiana University and Purdue University degree programs, taught by nearly 350 full-time faculty. Approximately 13,000 students of diverse ages, races, and nationalities in our family pursue their education on our almost 700-acre campus. Nearly half of our students are first-generation college students and 15% are from underrepresented populations. And 75% of IPFW students receive some form of financial assistance to achieve their academic and career goals.

Nearly half of IPFW's vast alumni network—57,000 and growing—live and work in northeast Indiana, contributing to the region's economy, vitality, and intellectual strength.

After many years of offering courses at separate locations in Fort Wayne, Indiana University and Purdue University opened the combined campus of IPFW in 1964.

The 1970s were a time of rapid growth, accompanied by the formal merger of the campus administration in 1975. A regional campus of both Indiana University and Purdue University, IPFW is managed by Purdue University under the terms of a management agreement that is renewed every five years. In the 1980s, an academic structure was created to emphasize relationships among departments rather than relationships of departments to Indiana or Purdue mission assignments.

Major facilities opened during the early 1990s included the Visual Arts Building, Williams Theatre and the Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building. A new campus facilities master plan was completed in 1995, and IPFW’s first Strategic Plan was completed that same year. The Science Building opened in 1998.

IPFW proactively grew its facilities to handle the swelling ranks of students, which totaled over 10,500 by 2000. The Crescent Avenue Bridge, dedicated in fall 2003, connected the main campus to the new Waterfield Campus across Crescent Avenue. Student Housing on the Waterfield Campus opened in fall 2004, giving students their first opportunity to both live and learn at IPFW. Student Housing expanded when two more buildings opened in fall 2007.

The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center opened in fall 2007. The Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum joined the campus family in 2008.

IPFW's newest additions include the Ron Venderly Family Bridge (2009), and the Medical Education Building (2009). Phase 3 of Student Housing, which added four more buildings with new floor plans tailored to student requests plus a new clubhouse building, opened in fall 2010. Work is currently underway on the Keith Busse Steel Dynamics Alumni Center (projected completion in 2010) and the Student Services Complex (projected completion in 2011).

The campus set a new enrollment record in 2010-2011 of 14,192 total students.

About IPFW

Undergraduate Enrollment

  • Degree-seeking: 9,795
  • Nondegree-seeking: 3,133

Graduate Enrollment

  • Degree-seeking: 496
  • Nondegree-seeking: 35

Total Enrollment: 13,459

  • Top 20% of high school class: 13.2%
  • Top 50% of high school class: 77.2%
  • First-generation college students: 51%

Degrees Granted
Degrees and certificates awarded May 15, 2013

  • Certificates: 99
  • Associate: 322
  • Bachelor’s: 1,370
  • Master’s: 257
  • Total: 2,048

Degrees and certificates awarded since 1968: 60,000

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1%
  • Asian: 2.5%
  • Black: 5.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 5%
  • International: 1.7%
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Other: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2.7%
  • White: 82%

Enrollment by Area (degree-seeking students)

  • College of Arts and Sciences: 22.3%
  • College of Education and Public Policy: 11%
  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science: 17%
  • College of Health and Human Services: 15.2%
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts: 6%
  • Division of Continuing Studies: 5.6%
  • Doermer School of Business: 10.9%
  • Deciding Majors: 12%

Total Credit Hours: 133,810


  • 55,000 alumni
  • 80% live and work in northeast Indiana

Type & Affiliation of School: Public College or University
Size and Mobility of School: Medium (5K-20K) - Commuter
Actual Enrollment: 11,453
Type of Enrollment - Population: Mostly non-traditional age (over 22 years old)
Predominant Racial Makeup: White non-Hispanic
Political Classification: Liberal
Religious Affiliation: 0
Size of City: Big city (150-500K population without students)
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