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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN


About This Campus

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (To become be Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2018 pending Higher Education Commission Approval) has high quality programs on a beautiful regional campus. Situated on a 600-acre setting along the St. Joseph River, IPFW serves 10,000+ students and offers more than 90 undergraduate degree options. Noted fields of study are: engineering, technology, liberal arts, music, organizational leadership, public and environmental affairs, and visual and performing arts. Small class sizes, highly accessible, award-winning professors, and nationally recognized speakers enhance IPFW\'s academic environment. The IPFW Mastodons compete in 13 men\'s and women\'s NCAA Division I sports, including the renowned men\'s volleyball program. Student housing offers single, double, triple, and quad apartment suites complete with kitchens, furnishings, and easy access to academic buildings. Free campus parking and athletic tickets are available for NSE students!

Location Information

Set in the heart of Indiana’s beautiful northeastern woodlands, Fort Wayne is truly a perfect mix of “Hoosier Hospitality” and big city opportunities complemented by a low cost of living. Students coming to IPFW will experience several free local activities, such as visiting the nationally recognized local zoo, laser tag, a trampoline park, a fall corn maze, the Johnny Appleseed Festival, outdoor ice skating, theatre and athletic events, and more! All just 2+ hours from Indy, Detroit & Chicago!

Helpful Information

We accept all eligible students, home pay and host pay. Upon acceptance into the IPFW NSE program, students will need to successfully complete the IPFW application process, including answering behavioral background questions, which may be found at http://new.ipfw.edu/offices/registrar/policies/background-screening.html

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | Fort Wayne
Population | 778,998
Enrollment | 12,719
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/16
Spring | 01/7-5/5

Campus Diversity

White | 82%
Black | 5%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 3%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Education, dental, radiography, and nursing.

Enrollment in music classes requires an audition. Business courses at the 300-400 level are limited.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Engineering - In its recently (2016) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News and World Report deemed the engineering programs at IPFW to be among the best in the country at schools where doctorate not offered.
  • Anthropology - Special collections and facilities include: General Anthropology Lab Bioanthropology Preparation Lab Extensive cast collection that includes both fossil and modern hominids Extensive research collection of Midwest lithics and ceramics. Our program has also developed regional library resources for forensic anthropology and medical anthropology.
  • Biology/Life Science - Biology has great facilities for its teaching and research programs, and its faculty represent many different fields within biology. They currently work on aquatic ecology, behavior, botany, conservation, ecotoxicology, evolutionary biology, genetics, herpetology, immunology, molecular biology, physiological ecology, stress physiology and virology. Interested students can participate in research projects or in other forms of scholarly activity with individual faculty members.
  • Psychology - Our students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research beyond the classroom. Some student-faculty collaborations have led to significant research findings that have been presented at regional and national conferences and published in professional journals. Students may also have the opportunity to be undergraduate teaching assistants with several of our faculty.
  • Communication - The Interpersonal/Organizational area of concentration is designed to educate students to become better communicators in both personal and professional contexts. Students learn about conflict management, group interaction, leadership, gender communication and intercultural communication, as well as organizational practices and relational dynamics. The concentration prepares students to work in a variety of areas (depending on the minor chosen) including: government, not-for-profit, sales, law, public and social service, public relations, human resources, business communication, and industry communication. With a concentration in Media and Culture, students will learn both the history and practices of media, meaning-making, and media industries from local to global levels. Students will develop understanding, insights, and practical skills necessary to an expanding and changing job market. This broad base integrates a variety of contexts including professional as well as advanced academic work. The minor that the students choose to pair with this concentration will be particularly important to help the student build specific skills in media analysis, media production, writing for mass media, public relations, new media, audience research, and other careers within the media industries. The area is designed to provide students with theoretical, conceptual and practical skills that they will need as a consumer and practitioner of journalism, and to enable students to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens in a self-governing democracy. The area will prepare students with essential skills for today's digital media environment. Students will learn how to research, write, interview and produce news content, including written, audio and video components, for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet, including Web sites and social media. A concentration in rhetoric will provide students with the tools to read, analyze, and criticize human discourse in relationship to persuasion. The pursuit of encouraging students to be more actively and critically engaged citizens is foundational to this emphasis. Grounded in argumentation and the symbolic dimensions of discourse, students within this concentration will learn both ancient and contemporary rhetorical theories. The ability to evaluate communication in its diverse formats prepares students (in combination with other majors and minors) for careers in law, higher education, social and political activism, speech writing, film making, and business.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Music Therapy - The IPFW music therapy program is the only undergraduate music therapy degree program in a public university in Indiana. The clinical training portion of the degree program utilizes an on-site clinic as well as providing numerous opportunities for supervised work in health care facilities in and around Fort Wayne.
  • Organizational Studies - OL stands for Organizational Leadership. OL prepares students for supervisory positions, for jobs in human resource management or human resource development, and for leadership positions at all levels within organizations. People working in a wide variety of jobs have sought the skills and knowledge taught in the OL curriculum. How is it different from a business program? The OL curriculum focuses on the human interactions occurring in all types of organizations, both profit and non-profit. The emphasis is on leadership, team development and facilitation, organizational behavior, and human resource management. In contrast, most business programs focus on concepts and skills related to commerce. Typically business programs feature a great deal of quantitative courses (e.g., finance, accounting, economics), whereas Organizational Leadership’s courses tend to concentrate on understanding and leading people.
  • Theater Arts/Drama - If you’re wild about the theatre, our programs will immerse you in all aspects of your passion. We are nationally accredited with the opportunity to concentrate in specific areas of the profession from acting, musical theatre, directing and design technology. At IPFW, students study and work one-on-one with dedicated and professionally active faculty. Unlike larger universities, at IPFW you’ll have opportunities to act, direct, and/or design in major productions during your entire time at IPFW.
  • Hospitality Management - We offer career focused, industry driven, and student centered studies that prepare you for the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. Our faculty bring their strong academic credentials and most important their industry experience to each class. Their teaching is current and lively encouraging you to engage and learn in preparation for a great career in a fast pace industry.
  • Public Administration/Affairs - The Public Affairs program begins with a core of courses in public affairs and general education. The curriculum is based on a strong general education foundation of communication and writing, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Introductory courses in the four instructional areas of criminal justice, the environment, health services, and public affairs are included, as well as classes in public sector management, finance, and budgeting. Students then choose a major area of study from the following: Criminal Justice Health Services Administration Legal Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Art/Design/Fine Art: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Organizational Studies

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Mass Communication, Multimedia

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

Economics: Economics

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: English, Language and Literacy, Literature, Writing

Foreign Language: Spanish

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Leadership Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Health Services Administration

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Choral Music, Design/Technical, Directing, Music, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theater, Music Therapy, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Human Services, Sociology, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Technology: Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • International students must submit official transcripts with certified English translations and exam results.\r\n\r\nhttps://www.ipfw.edu/offices/iss/future/requirements.html
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, N/A computer or 79 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/19/17.
  • Estimated cost: $9863.25.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): None.
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 24
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/19/17.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $170.00 Year Plan B Optional
Transcript Fee $8.00 Semester Plan B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $774 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

    Use FAFSA CODE: 001828

    Home Payment (Plan B)
    For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

    Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

    Room / Meals

    Figures are current as of 05/19/17

    On-Campus Housing Per Semester
    • 8% living on campus
    • Apartment: $2846
    • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
    • On campus living encouraged
    Off-Campus Housing
    • Appoximate monthly cost: $450
    • Proximity to campus: Adjacent
    • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
    Notes About Housing
    Meal plans are not provided.

    Meal Plans Per Semester

    • Meal plans are not available.
    Notes About Meal Plans
    Meal plans are not provided. $1689 per semester for meals is an estimate for financial aid purposes only.

    All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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