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Paving the way for IU Indianapolis


Yesterday afternoon, I joined a host of city and state leaders, including Purdue President Mung Chiang, and many of you to celebrate a historic agreement that paves the way for IU to transition its operations at IUPUI and officially begin as IU Indianapolis in July of 2024.

A world-class urban research university for a world-class city

This is a crucial step in our commitment to build one of the nation’s premier urban research universities—one defined by students transformed, discoveries made, and communities strengthened.

In the coming years, IU will double Indianapolis enrollment in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. Thanks to the leadership of the Indiana General Assembly, we will also invest $60 million to expand and renovate research facilities in the upcoming Science and Technology Corridor and up to $10 million to attract new STEM faculty to Indianapolis. These efforts will further strengthen our capacity for life-changing research, such as the nearly $12 million in U.S. Department of Defense-funded research that will be led by IU faculty in the School of Science to address a common complication to traumatic brain injury and stroke—an initiative we also announced yesterday.

Our progress to date

Innovating in response to the needs of our city and state is a hallmark of IU’s rich history in Indianapolis, and that has been our focus since last August, when we first announced a proposal for separate IU and Purdue campuses.

Since then, we’ve outlined plans for a SciTech Corridor at IU Indianapolis that will serve as a hub for central Indiana’s science and technology ecosystem. To bolster our state’s healthcare talent, we are doubling the instructional capacity of the IU School of Nursing in Indianapolis and launching a direct path to enrollment from the IU School of Science to the IU School of Medicine. And we’ve officially expanded the Luddy School name to IU Indianapolis and pursued new STEM offerings, including in applied computer science.

Moving forward, we will continue to pursue innovative degree programs that meet key talent needs, further strengthen our robust research enterprise, and pursue ever-increasing collaboration with civic leaders, community partners, and industry.

I’m grateful to all who have contributed time, energy, and dedication to the work of the past year. Together, we will build a world-class urban research university for a world-class city.


Pamela Whitten

Indiana University

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