The IU and Purdue Board of Trustees approved a decision to dissolve Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis last week. The university will be dissolved June 30, 2024, ending a 53-year collaboration between the two schools.
According to an IU press release, the agreement will officially create two separate schools: IU Indianapolis and Purdue University in Indianapolis. Except for the department of computer science, all academic programs at IUPUI will become part of IU Indianapolis in July 2024. The department of computer science will become a part of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and Computer Science at Purdue University in Indianapolis.
The press release states IU will expand its research, laboratory and STEM resources at IU Indianapolis. IU Indianapolis will offer a new academic program, applied computer science, through the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at the Indianapolis campus. IU will also create SciTechCorridor, a center dedicated to science and technology.
“IU’s goal is nothing short of building one of the nation’s pre-eminent urban research universities, one defined by students transformed, discoveries made and communities strengthened,” IU President Pamela Whitten said in the press release. “Through this agreement we will unlock the remarkable potential of both institutions to meet the needs of our city and state.”
The press release also states IU will take over administrative services for both universities and the intercollegiate athletic program previously located at IUPUI. However, Purdue students will no longer be able to compete for the IU Indianapolis athletic program after the realignment because the NCAA does not allow students to be enrolled in one institution and compete for another.
According to WFYI, Purdue and IU will receive $120 million appropriated by the Indiana General Assembly to expand their research and academic offerings, student buildings and laboratory spaces.
IU and Purdue agreed to split the campus into two schools in August 2022, the Indiana Daily Student reported. Despite dissolving IUPUI, IU and Purdue will still support joint research initiatives, including collaborations through the Purdue Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and IU’s School of Medicine.
According to IUPUI, students in Purdue programs will pay the Purdue West Lafayette tuition rate and students in an IU program will pay the IU Indianapolis rate starting during the 2024-25 academic year.
Both schools have committed to upholding financial aid or scholarship arrangements for students affected by the split. All IUPUI students who start their degree program prior to July 1, 2024, will be able to finish their degrees.
More information and frequently asked questions about the split can be found here.