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Overall Score: 73.03

Indiana University-Bloomington

Bloomington, IN http://www.indiana.edu/
Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of a large state school, based in a small, vibrant college town. Its 33,000 undergraduate students come from all over the U.S. and more than 110 countries for an education at one of the country's top-ranked state schools. The beautiful campus includes several buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The university offers a staggering 200-plus majors spread across 12 colleges and schools. It also offers classes in 80 languages, the most of any public university. IU has a multimillion-dollar athletic endowment for its 24 varsity sports teams, and Greek life comes standard for Hoosiers. Still, it offers alternatives to party-filled weekends, including a bowling alley in the student union and the Little 500, a huge collegiate bike race not unlike the Indianapolis 500. Though the size of the institution can seem intimidating, it's also IU's greatest asset – where else can you study Hungarian and enjoy one of the largest harp departments in the world? The university stands out in Money's rankings in part for its relative affordability with an estimated net price of a degree coming in under $95,000. Less than 10% of colleges in Money's rankings can say the same.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$26,900
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,900
Average price for low-income students
$5,750

Admissions

Acceptance rate
80%
Median SAT/ACT score
1260/24
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
32,790

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
81%
% of need met
70%
% of students who get merit grants
31%
Average merit grant
$7,100

Student Success

Graduation rate
77%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$19,500
Early career earnings
$58,810
% earning more than a high school grad
75%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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