Community engagement is in our DNA

IUPUI is inextricably connected to the world around us. Our campus covers more than 534 acres within the city of Indianapolis but our reach goes deep into the community.

Our commitment to community engagement can be seen in almost everything we do, whether we’re helping students succeed in the classroom or working to increase the well-being of our city, country, and world.

We’re here to facilitate these activities, creating and nurturing partnerships between campus and community in ways that matter.

Community engagement by the numbers

9,737students enrolled in community-based learning courses in 2015–16

1,000,000+hours of student engagement in the community through courses

4campus-wide days of service

875 community partners

63%of alumni reported participating in community service or volunteer work while at IUPUI

24%of faculty report engaging in a collaborative research project with a community partner

57%of IUPUI employees live in Marion County

57.7%of students voted in 2016

177community service scholarship recipients annually

IUPUI was among the first cohort of campuses to recieve the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006—the gold standard for the field—and was reclassified in 2015.

Making an impact in our community

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New interactive map explores community engagement

Explore the new interactive map and stories that show how and where IUPUI is engaging with the community, including students' course-based work, partnerships, research by faculty and volunteerism. This map shows activities entered into the Collaboratory, a database of activities by students, faculty and staff engaged with the community.

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IU tutoring, mentoring program sees growth in third year

Halfway through the 2018-2019 school year, the IU Indiana Kids program, supported by a grant from Serve Indiana, served students from more than forty Indiana counties. Enrollment of sixth to twelfth grade students was nearing 2,400 total, and continuing to grow.

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IUPUI offers camps and classes to K-12 students in the community

IUPUI is home to a number of summer camps and year-round classes that help prepare students for a wide variety of careers, with focuses on art and design, STEM, engineering, informatics and computing, nursing, other health and science fields, and more. Programs that foster student success, such as reading, learning a foreign language, tutoring, and mentoring, are also offered.

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