About Marian

At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education that profoundly transforms lives, society, and the world. Our mission is to be a Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. We welcome students of all faiths who seek an educational experience framed within the context of our Franciscan values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. Our understanding of these values is informed by reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and prayer.

The institution grew out of the dedication and vision of Sister Theresa Hackelmeier and the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, who established a school in Oldenburg, Indiana, in 1851. The college was founded in Oldenburg in 1936 and moved to Indianapolis in 1937. On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University. On October 19, 2012 the university will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Indianapolis.

Daniel J. Elsener became the eighth president of Marian College, now Marian University, on August 1, 2001. President Elsener has dedicated his professional life to the mission of Catholic education. As a result of his energetic and visionary leadership the university has experienced great success recruiting students and raising money to advance the mission of the university.


Marian University is located in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana—one of America's largest and most vibrant metropolitan areas. Although only 10 minutes from downtown, the safe, beautiful campus is also perfect for people who enjoy peace and quiet.

Schools and Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission mark of accreditationMarian University has five schools, an adult program, and one college.

Marian University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level degrees. One certificate program, 36 majors, 37 minors, 15 associates, and 27 concentrations are offered. We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602; 312.263.7462), the American Osteopathic Association, the National Council for Teacher Education, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (1 Dupont Circle NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036). Specific academic programs are approved by the Indiana Professional Standards Board, the Indiana State Board of Nurses’ Registration and Nursing Education, and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

State Authorization

Marian University is authorized by name in statute as an approved institution of higher education in the state of Indiana. In full compliance with federal rules, please contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education at www.in.gov/che/2744.htm for Indiana’s higher education complaint resolution process.

Academic Excellence

Marian University is ideal for students who are looking for personalized instruction from an outstanding faculty of 97 full-time professors and 152 part-time professors. More than 2,500 full- and part-time students from 31 states and 8 countries attend Marian University. Classes average 17 students, and student-faculty ratio is 15:1.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Marian University's comprehensive financial aid packages make a Marian University education affordable. Grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans are available. For current tuition and room and board figures, check our web site.

Campus Life

Talk about a place where everybody knows your name! Marian University is a close-knit community focused on the needs of students and committed to their education, safety, social well-being, and success. Our four residence halls and student apartments provide a safe, wholesome, and fun community life. You'll always find plenty to do on and around campus.

Your Leadership Potential

A close-knit community means more opportunities to get involved and develop your leadership skills. You’ll have more chances to lead in the areas that really interest you...and more chances to explore new interests, too!

Success... For Life

Other schools may prepare you for a career. Marian University prepares you for life.

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Marian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age or disabilities in the recruiting and selection of students for admission.