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7 Reasons Marian is the Best University for You

by Ed Ventura | Nov 06, 2017

by Ed Ventura | November 6, 2017

In 1851, the Sisters of St. Francis founded what is now Marian University, which is considered a top university in Indiana. Under the auspices of a phenomenal staff, and professors with incredible talent, Marian University has become one of the state's best universities. So how do you know if Marian is right for you? Here are 7 reasons worth considering.

A Franciscan Tradition

Marian University is steeped in Catholic tradition. Its academic objectives follow Franciscan-teaching techniques. The school welcomes students of every faith who wish to learn the tenets:

  • Dignity/Responsibility
  • Peace/Justice
  • Reconciliation

Additionally, about 20-30 Marian students live at Marian's seminary.

Our History

Marian was originally known as St. Francis Normal. This school eventually merged with Immaculate Conception Junior College to create a four-year college. In 1954, they became the first co-educational Catholic college in Indiana. By 2009, Marian College had become Marian University. We have a long-standing tradition of great education in a Catholic setting.


Our student-faculty ratio is 14:1 and our curriculum demonstrates dynamic learning environments for:

With an average freshman retention rate of 75%, this indicator of student satisfaction is quite impressive.

Great Career Prospects

Marian's Indianapolis location allows graduates to easily connect with major employers and local businesses. The elite business leaders stay connected with Marian University to offer internships for students, or employment after graduation.

Students at Marian University receive real-life experiences in their field of study, augmenting the general curriculum offered.

Our Great Location

Marian University's 200-acre campus is about four miles from downtown Indianapolis, and includes highlights like:

  • The Ecolab
  • The Indy Cycloplex which hosts clinics and cycling events. To note, our cycling team is generally deemed to be the most prestigious of its kind.
  • The Riverdale Estate is home to Indiana's largest and most intact landscape designed by Jens Jensen.

The Available Degree Options

Marian University is organized into five schools, 41 majors, 37 minors, and 27 concentrations:

Campus Life

At present, Marian University has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,000 students annually. 61% are female students, while 39% are male students.

There are approximately 30 student-directed organizations on the campus of Marian University.

They include, among others:

  • The Literary Arts Society
  • College Mentors for Kids
  • Pax Christi
  • Society of Human Resource Management

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