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 receive 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

Three people stand in front of a home. Two are holding shovels. One is holding a tree. There is a hole in the ground.

IUPUI faculty member earns honor for her work with the community

An assistant professor with the Urban Teacher Education program at the IU School of Education at IUPUI was honored for her work with Latinx immigrant families of children with dis/abilities in family-centered projects.

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Three people stand in front of a home. Two are holding shovels. One is holding a tree. There is a hole in the ground.

Diabetes Impact Project partners with Eskenazi and Community Health Centers

The Diabetes Impact Project at IUPUI partnered with Eskenazi Health Centers and three community organizations to embed Community Health Workers in the Northeast, Northwest, and Near West Indianapolis Neighborhoods.

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Three people stand in front of a home. Two are holding shovels. One is holding a tree. There is a hole in the ground.

IUPUI student voter turnout increased significantly in 2018

IUPUI joined campuses across the nation with a surge in voting in the 2018 elections, compared to the previous mid-term elections in 2014.

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