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2021 Best Schools in Indiana

41 Schools Ranked
$40,263 Average Earnings
$26,408 Avg Student Debt

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamp with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Schools in Indiana ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 41 schools in Indiana to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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Top Schools in Indiana

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#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
$57,824 Average Earnings
$25,137 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school in Indiana for students working on their degree.

Degree recipients from Notre Dame accumulate an average of $25,137 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $279. Once they receive their degree, Notre Dame graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $57,824 during the early year of their career.

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$77,157 Average Earnings
$22,927 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great place for students.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,927 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $275 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $77,157 during the early year of their career.

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#3

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
$43,233 Average Earnings
$21,926 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 41 schools in Indiana that were part of this year’s ranking, DePauw University landed the # 3 spot on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,926 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $254, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, DePauw graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $43,233 during the early year of their career.

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#4

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
$53,004 Average Earnings
$23,544 Avg Student Debt

The excellent programs at Purdue University - Main Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Indiana.

On average, students take out $23,544 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $252 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Purdue, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $53,004 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
$41,187 Average Earnings
$32,278 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Indiana University - Bloomington. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Schools in Indiana list.

Degree recipients from IU Bloomington accumulate an average of $32,278 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $317.After graduating from IU Bloomington, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $41,187 during the early years of their career.

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$38,886 Average Earnings
$21,023 Avg Student Debt

Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Indiana ranking.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,023 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $216.After graduating from Trine, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $38,886 during the early years of their career.

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$45,854 Average Earnings
$33,339 Avg Student Debt

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $33,339 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $355. During the early years of their career, IWU graduates make an average of $45,854 annually.

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#8

Manchester University

North Manchester, Indiana
$63,333 Average Earnings
$35,888 Avg Student Debt

Manchester University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #8 on the list.

Degree recipients from Manchester University accumulate an average of $35,888 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $614 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Manchester University graduates make an average of $63,333 annually.

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#9

Taylor University

Upland, Indiana
$37,371 Average Earnings
$21,348 Avg Student Debt

Taylor University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

On average, students take out $21,348 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $251.After graduating from Taylor U, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $37,371 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Vincennes University

Vincennes, Indiana
$35,241 Average Earnings
$16,788 Avg Student Debt

Vincennes University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

Degree recipients from Vincennes University accumulate an average of $16,788 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $163 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Vincennes University graduates make an average of $35,241 annually.

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#10

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
$40,145 Average Earnings
$26,660 Avg Student Debt

Ball State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

On average, students take out $26,660 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $266. Once they receive their degree, Ball State graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $40,145 during the early year of their career.

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#12

Trine University

Angola, Indiana
$43,509 Average Earnings
$28,258 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #12, Trine University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

On average, students take out $28,258 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $329 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Trine graduates make an average of $43,509 annually.

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#13

Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana
$34,033 Average Earnings
$24,821 Avg Student Debt

Hanover College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #13 on the list.

Degree recipients from Hanover accumulate an average of $24,821 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $276 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Hanover graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $34,033 during the early year of their career.

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$48,081 Average Earnings
$33,987 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #14 on the list.

On average, students take out $33,987 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $382 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, IUPUI graduates make an average of $48,081 annually.

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$56,850 Average Earnings
$31,324 Avg Student Debt

University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $31,324 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $377 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, University of St. Francis Fort Wayne graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $56,850 during the early year of their career.

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#16

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana
$44,100 Average Earnings
$31,935 Avg Student Debt

Valparaiso University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $31,935 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $380, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Valpo, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $44,100 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Indiana
$43,297 Average Earnings
$30,044 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #17, Indiana Wesleyan University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $30,044 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $342, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, IWU graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $43,297 during the early year of their career.

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#18

Indiana University - Southeast

New Albany, Indiana
$35,382 Average Earnings
$23,049 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Southeast ranked #18 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $23,049 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $209.After graduating from Indiana University - Southeast, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $35,382 during the early years of their career.

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#19

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana
$38,448 Average Earnings
$21,826 Avg Student Debt

University of Southern Indiana ranked #19 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

On average, students take out $21,826 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $231 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from USI, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $38,448 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Purdue University Northwest

Hammond, Indiana
$38,744 Average Earnings
$27,520 Avg Student Debt

Purdue University Northwest landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $27,520 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $276 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Purdue Northwest, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $38,744 during the early years of their career.

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#21

University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
$44,920 Average Earnings
$34,248 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #21, University of Indianapolis did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

On average, students take out $34,248 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $433 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, UIndy graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $44,920 during the early year of their career.

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#22

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana
$32,200 Average Earnings
$16,494 Avg Student Debt

Butler University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #22 on the list.

On average, students take out $16,494 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $145, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Butler graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $32,200 during the early year of their career.

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#23

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
$31,469 Average Earnings
$13,419 Avg Student Debt

Ivy Tech Community College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $13,419 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $119. During the early years of their career, Ivy Tech Community College graduates make an average of $31,469 annually.

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#24

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana
$42,576 Average Earnings
$26,869 Avg Student Debt

Indiana State University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Schools in Indiana list.

Degree recipients from Indiana State accumulate an average of $26,869 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $291.After graduating from Indiana State, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $42,576 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Bethel College - Mishawaka

Mishawaka, Indiana
$39,575 Average Earnings
$24,816 Avg Student Debt

Bethel College - Mishawaka landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $24,816 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $271. During the early years of their career, Bethel College Indiana graduates make an average of $39,575 annually.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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