What is a person from the Midwestern state of Indiana called? You might guess Indianan or Indianian, and though this is the official demonym recommended by the U.S. government, true natives of this state call themselves “Hoosiers.” While the etymology of “Hoosier” is debated, the name of the state itself means simply “Indian Land” or “land of the Indians,” referring to the long history of Native Americans that inhabited Indiana hundreds of years before any European arrived. Today Indiana is known for its capital of Indianapolis, which happens to be the second-largest state capital in the nation, its proud history, and most likely for its champion sports teams. Indiana is also home to a number of great colleges and universities.

Indiana State University

Indiana State University is a public university located in Terre Haute, Indiana on 435 acres with over 45 buildings. ISU was established in 1865, then called the Indiana Normal School, and today has a total enrollment of approximately 11,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The school is divided into 5 colleges, offering more than 100 majors at the bachlor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree level. The average class size is 33, with a student to faculty ratio of 18:1. The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs, especially the nursing and education programs, have consistently been rated as some of the very best in the Midwest, and even in the nation. The school offers a number of campus life activities, and has dozens of student organizations including the typical Greek Life and Student Government. ISU also has several intercollegiate sports teams that compete under the title of Sycamores. This school has everything you could want and more– the university participates in an annual Tricycle Derby, in which students compete on specially designed three-wheeled trikes around campus. Check them out at

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington is a coeducational public research university located in Bloomington, Indiana. It is the flagship school for the Indiana University system which has 8 campuses statewide, and is sometimes just referred to as IU. The school was founded in 1820 and today is spread out over 2,000 acres of beautiful land. More than 2,000 faculty support the approximately 40,000 students at this university. IU Bloomington offers over 180 majors and allows undergraduate students to choose from more than 330 degree programs. They also offer master’s, doctorate and professional degrees in over 190 programs. The school also possesses an honors college, study abroad options, and an individualized major program. IU’s students hail from over 125 countries and from every U.S. state. Nearly 25 athletic programs are available to both women and men, and the school is famous for its Little 500 Bicycle Race. If you are looking for an outstanding school in Indiana, be sure to visit IU’s website at

Purdue University

With nearly 40,000 students, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship university for the Purdue University system. Purdue has a huge, more than 2,000-acre campus plus even more land for research purposes. It was founded over 130 years ago, and today is praised for its academic excellence, and has a proud history of involvement with aviation technology. The Princeton Review has named Purdue among the top 150 “best value colleges” several times in recent years.  The school’s student to faculty ratio is approximately 14:1. The university offers more than 200 majors for bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree-granting programs within a division of 10 different schools of study. The sports teams at Purdue compete under the name of the Boilermakers, and offer various athletic programs in which men and women can participate. You can learn more about this university be going to

Vincennes University

Located in Vincennes, Indiana (just a 120 miles southwest of Indianapolis),Vincennes University was founded in 1801, and today is a public coeducational university with just under 5,000 students on 4 campuses. Traditionally a two-year college, VU allows students to choose from one-year certificates, two-ear associate’s degrees, as well as two-year transfer degrees and a handful of bachelor’s programs. The school is divided academically into colleges of Business and Public Services, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Humanities, Science and Math, Social Science and Performing Arts,  and Technology. The school has athletics including basketball, bowling, baseball and softball, and championship tennis. You can learn more by visiting

Indiana Institute of Technology

Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana on around 40 acres, the Indiana Institute of Technology is a small, private university serving just 4,500 students. The school was founded in 1930, but today offers many career-driven degree programs such as those in criminal justice, business, engineering, education and more. The university offers traditional programs at the undergraduate level, and several accelerated programs for working professionals. The Indiana Tech Warriors participate in 20 athletic programs. Find out more at

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