IUPUC (Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus) was founded in 1970 to serve the post-secondary education needs of citizens and industry in south central Indiana. We deliver top-quality Indiana University and Purdue University degree programs.
A growing, dynamic campus, IUPUC serves approximately 1,400 students each fall semester and employs 242 full-time faculty and staff, adjunct faculty and part-time staff. Students at IUPUC are mainly from Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Ripley, and Shelby counties, although other counties are also represented in the student population. IUPUC has a growing international student population due to the presence of international and global industry in the region. It has also begun to attract students from outside the state of Indiana.
With an average class size of 15 students, IUPUC offers undergraduate degree programs including business, biology, communication studies, community health advocacy, criminal justice, elementary education, English, general studies, mechanical engineering, nursing, psychology, and sociology, and master's degree programs in business administration (M.B.A.), mental health counseling, and nursing.
Originally known as IUPUI Columbus, IUPUC first opened its offices and classrooms on August 17, 1970 as an "extension" of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Through 1971, it offered classes at various locations throughout Columbus. Later that year, all classes were moved to the university's current location at 4601 Central Avenue in Columbus, home of the former Civilian Personnel Building at Bakalar Municipal Airport (now known as the Columbus Municipal Airport).
- In 1984, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $2.5 million for the construction of science and technology labs and a new exterior for the IUPUC building. The Indiana University Trustees approved a $3.55 million expansion and renovation at IUPUC. The renovation was completed in 1985, resulting in an expansion of more than 60 percent compared to the pre-renovation square footage.
- An additional 11 acres of land was deeded to the Indiana University Board of Trustees by the City of Columbus in 1987.
- In 1994, IUPUI Chancellor Gerald Bepko formally announced that IUPUI Columbus would henceforth be known as Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, commonly known today as IUPUC.
|Dr. Reinhold Hill||Vice Chancellor and Dean||2016-present|
|Dr. Laurence Richards||Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean||2015-2016|
|Dr. Marwan Wafa||Vice Chancellor and Dean||2009–2015|
|Dr. Jay Howard||Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean||2007–2009|
|Dr. Nasser Paydar||Vice Chancellor and Dean||2004–2007|
|Dr. Paul Bippen||Director (title changed to Dean in 1994)||1977–2003|
|Dr. Emerson Gilbert||Director||1970–1977|