Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus

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Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
Motto Fulfilling the Promise.
Established 1970 (details)
Type coeducational public university
Location Columbus, IN, USA
Campus 15 acres (0.061 km²)
Colors Crimson and Cream          
Affiliations Indiana University System
Purdue University System

Indiana University—Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) is a public university located in Columbus, Indiana. IUPUC offers degree programs from both Indiana University and Purdue University.


Students can complete several Indiana University (IU) and Purdue University (PU) bachelor's and master's degrees in their entirety on IUPUC's shared Columbus campus. Students can also complete a substantial number of classes toward degrees not offered at IUPUC and then transfer to IUPUI or another IU or PU campus. The university's divisions include:

  • Division of Business
  • Division of Education
  • Division of Liberal Arts
  • Division of Mechanical Engineering
  • Division of Nursing
  • Division of Science
  • University College


IUPUC was founded in 1970 as an extension of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Originally, the extension had no single campus, instead offering classes in various locations throughout Columbus. An old airport building was converted to the first centralized campus building for IUPUC, but was soon renovated for academic use in 1985. In 1994, the chancellor of IUPUI renamed IUPUI Columbus to IUPUC.[1]

IUPUC's first vice-chancellor, Paul Bippen, served in this capacity from 1977 until his retirement in 2003, when he was replaced by Nasser Paydar. In 2007, Dr. Jay Howard was named Interim vice-chancellor. In 2009, Dr. Marwan Wafa was name the new vice-chancellor. IUPUC's most-senior executive title is vice-chancellor.


IUPUC predominantly serves students from Columbus and Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings, Jefferson, Johnson, and Decatur counties, as well as other areas in the largely rural south central and southeastern portion of Indiana. IUPUC also offers off-campus classes community learning centers in Greensburg and Seymour.

IUPUC is one of the first academic institutions to innovate a cross-institutional and cross-discipline tutoring program through partnerships with Ivy Tech Community College and the Purdue Statewide Technology program. The Academic Resource Center, or ARC, is a one-of-a-kind, one-stop tutoring operation for Math, Science, Writing, Public Speaking, Spanish, and basic technology.

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