ivy502_shp16015_0020-scrWho is Ivy Tech?

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest postsecondary institution that offers a wide variety of programs at affordable tuition rates.This blog is a place for the Ivy Tech community to connect and share information. All views and opinions expressed on this blog are those of the contributor. They do not reflect the views and opinions of Ivy Tech.

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What’s a community College?

Community colleges are the most common type of U.S. two-year colleges—and for over 100 years, they’ve been offering millions of students a better way to reach their goals (whether that goal is to get a good career fast, or to get a better, more affordable start to a bachelor’s degree by transferring credits on to a four-year school).

What’s the history of Ivy Tech?

We were founded in 1963 as Indiana Vocational Technical College. Back then, we focused primarily on technical and vocational education—but in the more than 50 years since, we’ve gone through enormous changes. Today, we’re Indiana’s only full-fledged community college, offering more than 150 programs in the divisions of Health, Technology, Business & Public Services, and University/Transfer (and offering more than 100 transfer programs with in-state and out-of-state schools).


We offer hands-on experience with some of the state’s most advanced technologies and training facilities, plus the convenience of more than 1,000 online classes, and the attention that comes with a small average class size of 22.

We have 32 degree-granting locations, we teach classes in more than 75 communities, and we serve more than 170,000 students a year. We have grown to become the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana—and the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the entire country.

We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and a member of the North Central Association. We shape our curriculum with the needs of local communities in mind—while our affordable tuition rates (less than $4,100 a year) keep higher education accessible for those communities’ residents. A consideration that results in over 97% of our graduates staying in Indiana.


All those elements combine to make Ivy Tech a true engine of Indiana’s workforce, training Hoosiers for the careers that will grow our future economy.

What is Ivy Tech’s mission?

Ivy Tech Community College prepares Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment by delivering professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong education. Through its affordable, open-access education and training programs, the College enhances the development of Indiana’s citizens and communities and strengthens its economy.

Where is Ivy Tech headed next?

Ivy Tech’s strategic plan, Accelerating Greatness 2025, will build on our past successes, reaching a goal captured in our vision statement: Changing Lives. Making Indiana Great.

At the center of Accelerating Greatness 2025 are four strategies that will guide our resource allocation and decision-making processes:

  • Ensuring that students achieve their educational goals
  • Ensuring that Indiana citizens, workforce, and businesses are globally competitive
  • Ensuring optimal quality and efficiencies statewide
  • Ensuring an adequate and sustainable resource base

Our progress in Accelerating Greatness will be tracked by a series of outcome indicators, which you can follow by visiting IvyTech.edu/studentsuccess. In addition to measuring greatness according to our past performance, we will seek to meet or exceed the standards set by our peers in Indiana and throughout the nation—all while staying true to our mission and vision.ivy546_shp16015_0471-scr