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Indiana State University is committed to hands-on learning opportunities, student success, community engagement, and keeping education affordable.

There’s More To Blue.

Founded in 1865 as Indiana State Normal School, today, more than 13,500 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Indiana State University in five academic colleges.  Indiana State is a North Centrally accredited, tier 2 national university, with a Carnegie classification of Doctoral/Research.  Named by Princeton Review as a "Best in the Midwest" for 12 consecutive years, and ranked #1 in the nation for three years in a row by Washington Monthly for service.  Known as the fighting "Sycamores", Indiana State is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and competes at Division I in 15 men's and women's sports.  Located on a pedestrian friendly, beautifully landscaped 400+ acre campus, the university enjoys a strong collaborative relationship with the city of Terre Haute.


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Living in the Indiana State Community

Living in Sycamore Country

Terre Haute is home to Indiana State University.  Incorporated in 1832, Terre Haute is located in west central Indiana with a population of 62,000.  Serviced by Interstate 70, Terre Haute is 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis and 178 miles northeast of St. Louis.  Chicago is a convenient three hour drive north of Terre Haute.  The city enjoys four seasons and moderate temperatures throughout the year.  A vibrant city with a strong commitment to education, Terre Haute is home not only to Indiana State University, but Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (ranked #1 in the nation for its engineering programs through the master’s degree), Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, the oldest liberal arts college for women in the nation, and both Ivy Tech Community College and Harrison College which provide a full range of programs and services to the community.  Festivals abound year around and attract visitors from throughout the Midwest to the Blues at the Crossroads festival, the downtown farmer’s market, and the Banks of the Wabash festival, to name a few.  Twenty miles north is where the annual fall Covered Bridge Festival is held.  It draws more than two million visitors annually in the fall of the year.  An hour southeast is Brown County State Park near the artists’ community of Nashville; Turkey Run State Park is nearby and a frequent draw to visitors for its natural beauty.

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