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University of Indianapolis

University of Indianapolis
Motto Education for Service
Established 1902 (details)
Type private coeducational
Affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment $54.3 million[1]
President Robert L. Manuel
Academic staff
Students 5,200
Location Indianapolis, IN, U.S.
Campus suburban: 50 acres (200,000 m2)
Athletics 21 Division II NCAA teams,
called Greyhounds
Colors Crimson and Grey          
Website .edu.uindywww

The University of Indianapolis, or "UIndy", is a university located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Established in 1902, the university offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and has more than 5,400 students.

The main campus is located on the south side of Indianapolis at 1400 East Hanna Avenue, just east of Shelby Street. UIndy also offers degree programs through partnerships in China and Belize.

The colors of the university are crimson and grey.


  • Academics 1
  • History 2
  • Presidents 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • Athletics 5
    • Mascot 5.1
    • Venues 5.2
    • School song 5.3
  • References 6
  • Notes 7
  • External links 8


Good Hall, the university's original building

The University of Indianapolis offers 82 undergraduate majors leading to either a bachelor's degree (four-year program) or an associate degree (two-year program). Students may also enroll in several pre-professional programs, twenty-seven master's degree programs, and five doctoral degrees. The university is organized into the following schools and colleges:

  • School of Education
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Krannert School of Physical Therapy
  • School for Adult Learning
  • School of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Psychological Sciences
  • School of Occupational Therapy

The School of Business MBA programs are offered at Fishers, Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville and several other off-campus locations as well.[1] UIndy also has an international branch campus, University of Indianapolis – Athens Campus, in Greece.


History at a glance
Indiana Central University Chartered 1902 Affiliation United Brethren in Christ
Opened 1905
Indiana Central College Renamed 1921
Church merger 1946 Affiliation Evangelical United Brethren
Church merger 1969 Affiliation United Methodist Church
Indiana Central University Renamed 1975
University of Indianapolis Renamed 1986

The university was chartered in 1902, but instruction did not start until 1905. While established as Indiana Central University (ICU), the school was colloquially known as Indiana Central College (ICC) from 1921 to 1975. Academic administration was restructured to group programs into colleges and schools, and the institution returned to using the Indiana Central University name from 1976 to 1986. The initials "ICU" can still be seen in brick on the front side of Krannert Memorial Library on campus. In 1986, the university adopted the name University of Indianapolis.


  • J. T. Roberts, 1905–1908
  • L. D. Bonebrake, 1909–1915
  • I. J. Good, 1915–1944
  • I. Lynd Esch, 1945–1970
  • Gene E. Sease, 1970–1988
  • G. Benjamin Lantz, Jr., 1988–1998
  • Jerry M. Israel, 1998–2005
  • Beverley J. Pitts, 2005–2012
  • Robert L. Manuel, 2012–

In 2012, the institution announced the selection of Robert (Rob) L. Manuel as its ninth president. Dr. Manuel, formerly an associate provost and dean at Georgetown University, assumed the presidential post in July 2012 upon the retirement of Beverley Pitts.

Notable alumni


The University of Indianapolis's athletic teams are known as the Greyhounds and participate in Division II of the NCAA. Most of the teams are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. However, the swimming and diving teams are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the wrestling team is not affiliated with a conference. The school's highest finish in the NACDA Director's Cup was 5th in 2011–12, 2008–09 and 1996–97. UIndy also finished 8th in the Director's Cup in 2000–01 and in the top 20 from 2002 to 2005.

Men's teams

  • Baseball – Greyhound Park – School record 51 wins in 2001, made 13 NCAA II Tournament appearance, including trips to the NCAA Division II Championship in 2000 and 2012
  • Basketball – Nicoson Hall – Has been to seven NCAA Division II Tournaments (1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012); David Logan named 2005 NCAA II National Player of the Year by numerous media outlets. Eight Hoosier Collegiate Conference championships (1948-49, 1950–51, 1955-56, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1965-65 and 1966-67) and one Great Lakes Valley Conference title (1996-97).
  • Cross Country
  • Football – Five Hoosier Collegiate Conference championships (1947, 1953–55, 1960) and two Heartland Collegiate Conference championships (1978, 1981), qualified for NCAA Division III playoffs in 1975
  • Golf – League-record 13 GLVC titles, with 11 coming under long-time coach Ken Partridge. Brownsburg, Ind., native Seth Fair finished fourth as an individual at the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship tournament, held at The Sagamore Golf Club in nearby Noblesville, Ind. (co-hosted by the University of Indianapolis).
  • Soccer – Key Stadium – Started in 1981 – School record 13 wins in the 2006 season, went to first GLVC championship game in 2010 season.
  • Swimming and DivingRuth Lilly Center Pool – team has claimed 11 individual national championships, including Orel Oral's 7 national championships from 1998–2002. Cole Tedhams won the national championship in the 50 free in 2004 and 2005 and the 100 free in 2005. Alex Arestis won the 200 yd (180 m) free at the 2008 Division II Nationals. Men have finished in top 21 for 13 years in a row at NCAA Championships, including 11 years in the top 15 with a best of 8th in 2004.
  • Tennis – Second in conference history with seven GLVC championships. ITA Academic All American team every year since 2008.
  • Indoor Track – Numerous All-American awards and GLVC championships, anchored by the throwing and sprinting events.
  • Outdoor Track and Field – Key Stadium – Numerous All-American and GLVC championships, headlined by Dameion Smith's men's NCAA Division II hammer throw national title in 2004. Alumni from the UIndy men’s track team have also had success competing at the USA Track and Field National Championships and USA Olympic Trials. UIndy Alumni competitors in past USA Track and Field Championships include Dave Wollman (shotput), Dennis Young (discus), Randy Heisler (discus), Andy Richardson (shot put), Dameion Smith (hammer) Cory Young (hammer, discus), and Aaron Lawson (hammer).
  • Wrestling – Nicoson Hall — This team does not belong to a conference – finished 10th as a team at NCAA II Championships in 2006, with 4 all-Americans including Mike Jackson (2nd place at 174)

Women's teams

  • Basketball – Nicoson Hall – school record 29 wins in 2002–03 season, nine NCAA Tournament appearance (1993, 1995, 2003–2005, 2008–10, 2012)
  • Cross Country – academic all-American Maria Harriman finished 42nd in 2002 NCAA II XC Championships
  • Golf – League-record six GLVC titles (1999–2001, 2008–09, 2012)
  • Soccer – Key Stadium – 2006 GLVC Champions, NCAA II Sweet Sixteen, school record 17 wins in 2006.
  • Softball – Baumgartner Field – School record 50 wins in the 2012 season, highlighted by a 33-game win streak and program record 28 GLVC wins. 2012 team also won the program's first GLVC Championship and made UIndy's fifth-straight NCAA appearance.
  • Swimming and DivingRuth Lilly Center Pool – Women have finished in top 12 at NCAA Championships for 12 years in a row, including best of 6th in 2007. Megan Grunert was the 2004 Indiana NCAA Woman of the Year and one of the 10 NCAA Woman of the Year finalists. Team won GLIAC championships in 2003, 2004, 2005. Individually, the team has had 15 runner-up finishes in events at nationals.
  • Tennis – Have won a GLVC record eight conference championships. ITA Academic All American team every year since 2003.
  • Indoor Track – Andrea Horban won the 2006 NCAA II Indoor Shot Put Championship, while Emily Schaaf finished 2nd in the high jump on the same day. UIndy won the 2009 GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championship.
  • Outdoor Track and Field – Key Stadium – Team has taken the last three (2010, 2011 and 2012) GLVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
  • Volleyball – Ruth Lilly Center – 13-straight 22 win seasons and 2003, 2009, 2011 GLVC Champions. Has been to six NCAA Tournaments (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) with an Elite 8 appearance in 2009 and Sweet 16 appearances in 2009, 2010, 2011.


The sports teams that represent the University of Indianapolis are called the Greyhounds, or just Hounds for short. The mascot is a greyhound named "Ace".


  • Athletics and Recreation Center – Also known as the ARC, it served as the practice site for the New York Giants prior to their victory in Super Bowl XLVI. The ARC features a 68,000-square-foot (6,300 m2) air-supported dome with a training room, a competition-fit indoor track facility, baseball batting cages, an expanded weight room, an indoor golf practice facility, multi-purpose courts for basketball and other sports, and locker rooms for football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, softball, and baseball. The new facility also includes 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of office space. The coaching staffs of football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, softball, baseball and men's and women's golf all work in the ARC.
  • Key Stadium – Originally built in 1970, Sprinturf playing surface added in 2004, lights added in summer of 2005, seating capacity of 4,000 with standing room only space for approximately 1,500 more
  • Nicoson Hall – Opened in 1960, seating capacity of 3,300 with standing room only space for approximately 1,000 more, named for long-time basketball coach and Athletic Director Angus Nicoson
  • Ruth Lilly Center Court – Opened in 1982, seating capacity of 500
  • Ruth Lilly Center Pool – Opened in 1982, seating capacity of 300
  • Greyhound Park – seating capacity of 300
  • Baumgartner Field – seating capacity of 300, built in 2012, named for Mary "Wimp" Baumgartner who played in the Women's Professional Baseball League during the late 1940s
  • UIndy Tennis Center – Seven indoor courts located at the UIndy Tennis Center. Info can be found at

School song

The university's song, called simply the "U of I Fight Song," was written in 1975 by James M. Stanton, at the time an Indiana Central senior. The lyrics were rewritten when the university changed its name in 1986. In 2006, the cheerleaders changed the "U of I" portions of the song to "UIndy" to reflect the preferred shortened name of the school.


  1. ^ MBA Off-campus Programs
  2. ^ "New name will honor accomplished alums". UIndy News. February 23, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 


  1. 1 endowment As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
  • Campus map
  • The Reflector Online (campus newspaper)

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