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2021 Best Colleges in Indiana by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

These are the top 25 colleges in Indiana ranked by bachelor's degree Salary Score. We calculated these scores by comparing median alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for majors at one college to earnings for graduates with that same major across all colleges. These program scores were then combined to determine an overall score. The overall Salary Score offers a gauge of how alumni salaries stack up between different institutions. Each of Indiana’s top 10 colleges has a Salary Score above the nationwide median of 50, and the top-ranked University of Notre Dame earned the #21 spot in our 2021 list of best U.S. colleges by Salary Score. In-state alumni may also expect a relatively low cost of living because Indiana has the 10th lowest cost of living of 52 states and territories in the nation.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame $53,391 94.03
#2 #2 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute Terre Haute $49,871 82.43
#3 #3 DePauw University Greencastle Greencastle $49,704 74.79
#4 #4 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette West Lafayette $9,992 73.92
#5 #5 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington Bloomington $10,681 72.94
#6 #6 Taylor University Upland Upland $34,114 64.28
#7 #7 Trine University Angola Angola $32,176 55.76
#8 #8 Ball State University Muncie Muncie $9,896 53.94
#9 #9 IUPUI Indianapolis Indianapolis $9,465 53.82
#10 #10 Saint Mary's College - IN Notre Dame Notre Dame $42,220 51.00
#11 #11 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis $29,688 49.76
#12 #12 Manchester University North Manchester North Manchester $32,758 48.09
#13 #13 Valparaiso University Valparaiso Valparaiso $40,260 48.09
#14 #14 Purdue University Northwest Hammond Hammond $7,691 43.92
#15 #15 Hanover College Hanover Hanover $37,670 43.09
#16 #16 Indiana University - East Richmond Richmond $7,344 42.23
#17 #17 Indiana State University Terre Haute Terre Haute $9,090 41.57
#18 #18 Indiana University-Southeast New Albany New Albany $7,344 39.20
#19 #19 Indiana University-Northwest Gary Gary $7,344 38.48
#20 #20 University of Evansville Evansville Evansville $36,416 37.60
#21 #21 University of Southern Indiana Evansville Evansville $8,349 37.49
#22 #22 Indiana University-South Bend South Bend South Bend $7,344 36.77
#23 #23 Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Fort Wayne $8,450 35.94
#24 #24 Anderson University - IN Anderson Anderson $30,450 35.49
#25 #25 Bethel University - IN Mishawaka Mishawaka $28,590 35.35