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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 $55,553 94.03
#2 #2 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute Terre Haute $51,927 82.43
#3 #3 DePauw University Greencastle Greencastle $51,146 74.79
#4 #4 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette West Lafayette $9,992 73.92
#5 #5 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington Bloomington $10,947 72.94
#6 #6 Taylor University Upland Upland $35,305 64.28
#7 #7 Trine University Angola Angola $32,810 55.76
#8 #8 Ball State University Muncie Muncie $10,020 53.94
#9 #9 IUPUI Indianapolis Indianapolis $9,701 53.82
#10 #10 Saint Mary's College - IN Notre Dame Notre Dame $43,900 51.00
#11 #11 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis $30,976 49.76
#12 #12 Manchester University North Manchester North Manchester $33,624 48.09
#13 #13 Valparaiso University Valparaiso Valparaiso $41,820 48.09
#14 #14 Purdue University Northwest Hammond Hammond $7,812 43.92
#15 #15 Hanover College Hanover Hanover $38,750 43.09
#16 #16 Indiana University - East Richmond Richmond $7,527 42.23
#17 #17 Indiana State University Terre Haute Terre Haute $9,236 41.57
#18 #18 Indiana University-Southeast New Albany New Albany $7,527 39.20
#19 #19 Indiana University-Northwest Gary Gary $7,527 38.48
#20 #20 University of Evansville Evansville Evansville $37,466 37.60
#21 #21 University of Southern Indiana Evansville Evansville $8,546 37.49
#22 #22 Indiana University-South Bend South Bend South Bend $7,527 36.77
#23 #23 Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Fort Wayne $8,589 35.94
#24 #24 Anderson University - IN Anderson Anderson $31,230 35.49
#25 #25 Bethel University - IN Mishawaka Mishawaka $29,170 35.35