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As a student in the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, you’ll join a community that understands (and celebrates) geeking out over solving a complicated chemistry problem or learning the latest computer language.

This is where you’ll find your voice as part of an academically focused school that pushes you to contribute to real research and serve your community and world.

Join a club where you’re suddenly a part of a small family of like-minded students who can help you navigate that tough math course, tell you how to get a coveted internship downtown or spend a Saturday with you getting fifth graders excited about STEM.

Committed to having real impact in their work and community, our graduates emerge from the School of Science as well-rounded scientists whose experiences have prepared them to solve the problems of the future.


Explore the possibilities at Purdue School of Science.

The habits developed through the study of science are the ones that will serve you for a lifetime–no matter your degree takes you. The problem-solving and reasoning skills you develop, as well as an increased understanding of science, will provide a great foundation for approaching any type of work and engaging your community.

Our students earn Purdue University degrees in most majors and Indiana University degrees in others, all under one roof.

We offer the best of both worlds.

Purdue School of Science student completes capstone research project at Indianapolis Zoo

Research opportunities

Research opportunities

Knowing I could do research right when I started college was a plus.Monica Witcher, a biology and neuroscience graduate, documented the behaviors of long-tailed macaques at the Indianapolis Zoo as part of her capstone research project. Photo: Candace Gwaltney

Get a head-start on life.

In a college town, it can sometimes feel like you're living in a bubble as you wait to graduate to the real world. At the Purdue School of Science, students are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer.

One of the biggest benefits of studying science at IUPUI is the ability to participate in research as early as freshman year. Our students can engage in research with faculty mentors in the school, on campus, at one of five hospitals on or adjacent to campus, or with companies and organizations in the city.

Some of our top research areas include computational neuroscience, industrial/organizational psychology, predictive policing, developmental/regenerative biology, mathematical modeling, climate change and forensic genetics.

Every department in the School of Science offers research opportunities. You can even pursue research outside your major.

Aerial view of downtown Indianapolis and IUPUI



It's all about location.

We like to think of the Purdue School of Science as the center of your college experience. Being in the middle of a lively city means you're within walking (or biking) distance to many destinations.

Go beyond the classroom.

Opportunities abound with five hospitals nearby. Even if you're not set on medical school, you'll want to consider an internship or volunteering in patient care, computer science, biomedical research and more.

Find the perfect internship just steps away.

Downtown is more than just about having fun; with big names like Eli Lilly and Company, Salesforce, Cummins and OneAmerica, you might just make connections that will lead to your next big opportunity!

Discover an exciting downtown.

If you want to know how we got the name "Circle City," look no further than Monument Circle, the heart of Indianapolis. Check out City Market for a bite to eat, enjoy discounted student tickets at Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, or take in a Colts, Pacers, Indians, Indy Eleven or Fever game.

Try something new on Mass Ave.

Want to find a quirky throw pillow for your dorm room or relax after seeing your favorite band perform? With fun shops like Silver in the City, the city's best pizza at Bazbeaux and Old National Centre concert venue, Mass Ave is one of the coolest places to hang out downtown. Plus, get a delicious taste of science at Sub Zero Ice Cream, where you can watch your custom-made ice cream freeze with the help of liquid nitrogen!

Stretch your legs at the canal.

Even in the middle of downtown, there's no shortage of outdoor recreation options. Take a paddleboat through the canal or check out a concert at White River State Park. The Indianapolis Zoo, State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum are all located along the canal and offer free or discounted entrance to students. In the fall, join us on the canal for the IUPUI Regatta, a festive canoe race that serves as the university's homecoming.

Purdue School of Science first-year students

First-year experience

First-Year Experience

Start on the right foot.

As a first-year science student, you'll enroll in Windows on Science to integrate academic and community life as you start your college experience. This first-year seminar will prepare you for college success through:


Find your place of belonging within the IUPUI and IUPUI Science communities.


Get the support you need to transition to college while learning helpful studying strategies and time management tips.


Develop your academic—goals and learn the best campus resources to achieve them.


You'll explore what it means to be a scientist and where IUPUI can take you.

Purdue School of Science students in a residential-based learning community



Find a community where you belong.

The science community will lead you to meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime.

When you're studying science, it's great to live with people who understand what it's really like to be excited about the discovery you made in lab or the struggle of an organic chemistry final. Science residential-based learning communities cultivate a supportive enviornment that will truly feel like home.

STEM Floor

The first year of college is all about new experiences: late night studying, more fun events than you know what to do with and lots of pizza. The STEM Floor is just the place for experiences like these with a diverse group of first-year students who are also studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Upperclassmen STEM residential assistants are there to help you unlock the secrets to finding the best food on campus or acing your calculus test. Plus, you'll learn how to unleash your inner jaguar while rowing in or cheering on the STEM Floor team at the IUPUI Regatta!

Women in Science House (WISH)

The Women in Science House is a community of female science students of various class years and majors. Stay up late watching your favorite movies and studying with friends in the exclusive WISH lounge, share your passion for science through volunteer opportunities, or challenge yourself by making new connections with female mentors in your field. WISH women are serious students who form a lifelong bond through community-based activities, academic support and a shared love of science.

Clubs & Organizations

Research shows that involved students tend to perform better academically and are more likely to graduate when compared to their non-involved peers. You'll also build friendships through some of of our science clubs and organizations.

  • Actuarial Science Club
  • American Medical Student Association (Pre-Med Chapter)
  • Biology Club
  • Chemistry Club
  • Computer Science Club
  • Earth Sciences Club
  • Forensic Science Club
  • Health Careers Club
  • Math Club
  • Neuroscience Club
  • Physics Club
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Psi Chi
  • Psychology Club

See all Science student clubs

See all IUPUI student clubs & organizations

Purdue School of Science students interacting

The community is unrivaled in its support. The friends I've made and the staff I've interacted with have driven me to strive for the absolute best in my academics. Michael Laurendine, Biology

Purdue School of Science student providing academic support to another student

Academic Support

Academic Support

We're here to help you.

During college, you're bound to have questions. Faculty, staff and other students will be here to help and support you whenever you need. Check out the free science tutoring you have access to.

  • Biology Resource Center
  • Chemistry Resource Center
  • Computer Science Tutoring
  • Earth Sciences Tutoring
  • Math Assistance Center (MAC)
  • MAC STAT (for statistics courses)
  • Physics Learning Space
  • Psychology Resource Center
Purdue School of Science graduates in cap and gown at commencement

Professional & Career Planning

Professional & Career Planning

When it comes time to apply for graduate school or find a job, we can help with that, too.

The Purdue School of Science Office of Pre-Professional and Career Preparation (PREPs) for science students and alumni offers career and professional development related to academic and career planning to help translate professional goals into reality.

Our advisors offer one-on-one counseling to help you explore your options, track your progression toward graduate school, help you hone your interview techniques, perfect your resumé, and find an internship.

53%of students complete at least one internship
30%of students go directly to graduate or professional school
Students walking in to the Purdue School of Science building on IUPUI campus

Next steps, aid & scholarships

Next steps, aid & scholarships

Next steps, financial aid & scholarships.

Scholarships offered through the School of Science.

In addition to admission-based awards, scholarships are available through the School of Science to support research, diversity, community service and international study for IUPUI students.

Are you an out-of-state student?

IUPUI provides residents Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin tuition at a 55% reduction of the out-of-state rate. What does this mean for you? If you qualify for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) Award, the cost of IUPUI tuition would be approximately $14,000 per academic year.

Know your next steps.

Find the application online: admissions.iupui.edu/apply/freshman

Deadline for maximum scholarship consideration
Deadline for the Honors College application
File your FAFSA before this date for maximum financial aid consideration
Deadline for priority on-campus housing
Enrollment deposit is due

My involvements in the labs and doing undergraduate research definitely helped prepare me for this experience. Tori Kennedy arrived in Alaska for a competitive research program just weeks after graduating with an environmental science degree. Photo: Andrew Opila



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