When you think of the 25 largest colleges in Indiana, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is a nationally known university like Purdue University, Indiana University, or Butler University. While those schools are all huge contributors to Indianapolis education and the nation’s education, neither of them is the biggest post-secondary institution in Indiana. That distinction goes to Ivy Tech Community College, also known as Ivy Tech State College.
|Promotional video for the education program at the Kokomo, Indiana branch of Ivy Tech Community College|
An Ivy Tech Campus Everywhere You Look
Not only is Ivy Tech the largest post-secondary school in the state, it’s also country’s biggest state-wide community college with single accreditation. This fact may seem implausible, but Ivy Tech Community College has 23 campuses spread across the state of Indiana, and the school offers classes in nearly 75 other towns and cities.
The 23 campus regions are Bloomington, Central Indiana (serving the Indianapolis area), Columbus, Kokomo (serving Kokomo, Logansport, and Wabash), Lafayette, North Central (serving South Bend, Elkhart, and Warsaw), Northeast (serving Fort Wayne and the surrounding area), Northwest (serving Gary, East Chicago, Valparaiso, and Michigan City), Richmond, Southeast (serving Madison, Lawrenceburg, and Batesville), Southern Indiana, Southwest (serving Evansville), and Wabash Valley, which serves Terre Haute and Greencastle. No matter where you live in Indiana, there’s probably a branch of Ivy Tech somewhere close by.
|Promotional video for the Kokomo region of Ivy Tech Community College|
Making College Accessible
One of the main goals of Ivy Tech Community College is to put education back in the hands of the students. The administration for the school wants to make college affordable again, and they’ve come a long way in that mission. Not only is Ivy Tech the biggest post-secondary institution in Indiana, it’s also the best bargain, as affordable as any school in Indianapolis. You can get a degree at Ivy Tech for less than $6000, an almost unbelievable price. If you feel that a degree from Ivy Tech doesn’t carry the weight it should in the work world, most Ivy Tech credits can transfer to accredited four year universities like Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) or the University of Notre Dame.
|Promotional video for Ivy Tech Community College, a school with branches all over Indiana|
Not only is Ivy Tech easy to pay for, but the helpful staff and faculty does everything they can to help you succeed. The average class size at Ivy Tech is just 22 students, allowing the professor to answer specific questions and provide personal attention on the areas you struggle with. Most professors have office hours where students can come in freely and get help with difficult ideas. While other universities also have this feature, at Ivy Tech the manageable class size ensures that a professor will almost always have time for his or her students.
However, Ivy Tech knows that sometimes professors can get swamped, especially during finals week. With that in mind, Ivy Tech also provides 100% free tutors to all enrolled students. These tutors focus on a specific subject area and sometimes a specific class to give students clear, tailor-made expertise. Tutors cover areas besides just the traditional English and math skills; there are tutors in microbiology, chemistry, calculus, paper writing, history, foreign languages, and medical science. If you’ve got a problem in a subject, chances are Ivy Tech has a tutor for it.
|WLFI News Channel 18 video about the opening of the Logansport, Indiana branch of Ivy Tech Community College|
Fitting Your Schedule
Most state schools expect you to work around their schedule, but Ivy Tech Community College knows that its students often have a life outside of class. The school offers several options to help you go to school while still maintaining your work schedule or social life. There are a variety of class times to choose from at any time of the day, so you can plan your classes around your day instead of planning your day around your classes.
In addition, Ivy Tech Community College also offers a bevy of online courses. These are courses that are often conducted through webcams, online message boards, and e-mail. Students can complete course objectives from the comfort of their own homes while still getting the personal support and assistance that Ivy Tech is so famous for. Online courses available at Ivy Tech are classes in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, office administration, and much more.
|Video of Indianapolis music star Amanda Overmyer performing live at the Muncie, Indiana branch of Ivy Tech Community College|
However, Ivy Tech’s flexibility doesn’t stop with online courses. The community college also offers the revolutionary College for Working Adults. This innovative program has a number of tools designed to make a college degree a real option for people with full time jobs to maintain. Ivy Tech advisers work with potential students to define course goals ahead of time, so their two year plan is completely mapped out for them before they even start classes.
Instead of using the traditional 16 week semester, the College for Working Adults is broken into smaller 8 week “sessions”. This is to get you in and out of classes faster than the normal rate. You’ll take two classes for each session, meaning that attending classes won’t take up your entire day. The College for Working Adults takes all the guesswork out of your session to session class schedule, because your schedule will be the same throughout your entire tenure at Ivy Tech. In addition, you’ll be taking classes with the same students during the course of your degree, so you’ll make lifelong friends and study partners.
|Video about the opening of the Marion, Indiana branch of Ivy Tech Community College|
Academics and Career Services
Ivy Tech is affordable and flexible, but they also provide a great education. The college has over 150 programs and concentrations, so whatever your career goals are, Ivy Tech probably has a degree, certificate, or certification in it. There are eight different schools within Ivy Tech: Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology, Business, Education, Fine Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Public and Social Services, and Technology. In addition, many Ivy Tech credits will transfer to other schools, allowing you to start down the right path at Ivy Tech and then continue it elsewhere.
Ivy Tech Community College doesn’t leave you hanging after graduation, either. The Career Services department sponsors a tool called Job Zone. Job Zone is an online service that puts employers and potential employees together through a searchable database. The database includes Ivy Tech alumni and students listed by concentration, allowing employers to find someone in any field they need.
|Informational video about student life in the Northwest Indiana branch of Ivy Tech Community College|
Employers and their contact information are also listed on the database, so students can begin looking for a position before they even graduate. There are listings for upcoming career events, including seminars and career fairs. Job Zone even allows students to post resumes and educational information on their personal profile.
A College for the Working Person
All in all, Ivy Tech Community College is a credit to the state of Indiana. It is one of many Indianapolis schools, but it also has 23 branches all around the state: the most of any post-secondary institution. The college offers several programs to make earning a degree more convenient for any type of student, from fresh out of high school freshmen to full time workers in their 30’s or 40’s.
For more information on Ivy Tech Community College, please visit the college’s homepage.
Ivy Tech Around Indiana
Ivy Tech Central Indiana
50 W Fall Creek Pkway N Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Satellite Classes Offered In: Avon, Beech Grove, Ben Davis High School, Carmel, Danville, Decatur, Greenwood, Greenfield, Lawrence, Lebanon, Mooresville, Noblesville, Pike, Shelbyville
Ivy Tech East Central Campuses:
Ivy Tech Anderson
104 W 53rd St
Anderson, IN 46013
Ivy Tech Marion
261 S Commerce Dr
Marion, IN 46953
Ivy Tech Muncie
4301 S Cowan Rd
Muncie, IN 47307
Ivy Tech Kokomo Campuses:
Ivy Tech Kokomo
1815 E Morgan St PO Box 1373
Kokomo, IN 46903
Ivy Tech Logansport
2815 E Market St
Logansport, IN 46947
Ivy Tech North Central Campuses:
Ivy Tech Elkhart
2521 Industrial Pkwy
Elkhart, IN 46516
Ivy Tech South Bend
220 Dean Johnson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46601
Ivy Tech Warsaw
3755 Lake City Hwy
Warsaw, IN 46580
Ivy Tech Northeast
3800 North Anthony Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Satellite Classes Offered In: Angola, Ashley, Berne, Bluffton, Columbia City, Decatur, Huntington, Kendallville, Lagrange, Monroe
Ivy Tech Northwest Indiana Campuses:
Ivy Tech East Chicago
410 E Columbus Dr
East Chicago, IN 46312
Ivy Tech Gary
1440 E 35th Ave
Gary, IN 46409
Ivy Tech Michigan City
3714 Franklin St
Michigan City, IN 46360
Ivy Tech Valparaiso
3100 Ivy Tech Dr
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Satellite Classes for Ivy Tech Northwest Offered In: Portage
Ivy Tech Richmond
2357 Chester Blvd
Richmond, IN 47374
Satellite Classes Offered In: Connersville
Ivy Tech Southeast Indiana Campuses:
Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg
50 Walnut Dr
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Ivy Tech Madison
590 Ivy Tech Dr
Madison, IN 47250
Satellite Classes for Ivy Tech Southeast Offered In: Batesville
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