A Distinctive Structure
The IU and Purdue Systems
IUPUI is a part of two great public university systems-Indiana University and Purdue University-and offers the greatest number and widest range of degrees in the state of Indiana. They range from certificates to Ph.D. and professional degrees. All degrees bear either the IU or Purdue designation. Students are, therefore, affected by policies of Indiana University, Purdue University, or both. Such university-wide policies and procedures are set by either the trustees or the faculty with trustee approval. In many areas, especially at the undergraduate level, IUPUI sets its own campus policies and procedures.
Entering IUPUI students are granted admission to University College (either full admission or dual admission with a degree-granting school). Students remain in University College until they meet the admission requirements for their field of study or complete 56 credit hours of course work. University College provides many programs and services to ensure that students move into their majors as efficiently as possible, including academic advising, academic support programs, first-year seminars, career planning, peer mentoring, orientation, scholar support, and themed learning communities.
Fields of study or disciplines are housed in schools at IUPUI. School policies and procedures govern all the students within each school. Most fields of study are housed in departments within the schools, but in some schools they may be called by other names, such as divisions. The departments and schools themselves determine degree requirements and whether students are eligible to receive a degree. Students must be in a school and take a specific number of courses at IUPUI (residence requirements) to be eligible for a degree. A current list of degree programs appears online at www.iupui.edu/academic/schoolsdepts.htm.
The Columbus Campus
The mission of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus is to provide the educational leadership and the resources for teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and service and civic engagement needed to enrich the intellectual and cultural environment, enhance the economic opportunities, and improve the quality of life of the diverse citizens and communities in south central Indiana.
For Columbus-specific information relating to admission, registration, financial aid, scholarships, placement testing, academic advising, orientation, and student activities, see the IUPU Columbus section in this bulletin.