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Better, together. About Saint Joseph's College of Marian University – Indianapolis

In September 2018, Marian University announced the opening of an innovative and mission-driven two-year college in collaboration with the former Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. The new two-year-college is located in Indianapolis, Indiana on the campus of Marian University.

Opening June 2019, Saint Joseph's College of Marian University – Indianapolis provides the sense of community, support systems, and professional opportunities that many students are seeking in order to be successful beyond high school. At Saint Joe Indy, the close-knit cohort of students and support from full-time faculty make the dream of graduating from college a reality.

Perhaps the most innovative feature of the two-year college is the flexible class schedules that allow students to work, if they choose, while earning their associate degree. Saint Joe Indy has partnerships with central Indiana employers who hire students while they are in school, and after graduation. Students are placed in positions relevant to their two-year program, so they make connections between what they learn in the classroom and real-world work experience.

Students will develop a foundation for lifelong learning while progressing toward their associate degree. After graduation, students choose either to go directly into a career or continue to get their bachelor's degree from Marian University, or another accredited institution.

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Saint Joseph's College of Marian University – Indianapolis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


To provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world.


To be a great Catholic university dedicated to providing students with excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.


To reflect prayerfully on the Gospels to determine the ways we can advance:

  • the dignity of the individual;
  • responsible stewardship;
  • peace and justice; and
  • reconciliation.

History of Marian University:

Marian University 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.

Daniel J. Elsener became the eighth president of 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 in providing access to higher education to students from various socio-economic backgrounds in Indiana, across the nation, and other countries.

Each icon represents a prominent aspect of the Saint Joe Indy experience.

the cross

The cross

The cross represents our heritage, our roots, and the Franciscan values that Marian University was founded on in 1937.

the flame

The flame

The open flame represents the hope that providing a quality, attainable education will make a positive, lasting impact in the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

the fountain

The fountain

The fountain, which can be found on both Marian University's campus and on the campus of Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, represents the opportunity a two-year college provides our students and communities.

Frequently asked questions

  • Which degree programs are available?

    Students may choose between a two-year associate degree in business administration or liberal arts.

  • Where do I go to class?

    On the campus of Marian University. All of your classes are in one building on campus, and all the amenities at Marian are available to you---Starbucks, state-of-the-art work out facilities, the library, the Writing Center, and more.

  • How is this college a part of Marian University?

    Saint Joe Indy is a two-year college within Marian University. All classes are held on Marian's campus, students are a part of the Marian community, and, through Marian, we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  • Can I add a minor to my degree?

    You can add a plug-in to your degree program. A plug-in allows you to take industry-specific elective courses within your degree program and work hands-on in your industry while in school. Plug-ins make you a more versatile and marketable without adding time to completing your two-year degree. Learn more about our information technology plug-in option.

  • Are scholarships and financial aid available?

    Yes! Loans, federal and state grants, scholarships, 21st Century Scholars scholarship, are all available. Students can also take advantage of our unique earn and learn program to help to fully cover the cost of their tuition.

  • What do I need to do to enroll?

    Review our admissions and enrollment checklist. First step is to apply and submit your high school transcripts.

  • Are meal plans available?

    Of course! Students may choose an optional meal plan, or pay as they go. There are multiple dining options on campus—Subway, Papa John's, Starbucks, Dining Commons, and more!

  • Do students live on campus?

    Students will commute to campus for class and other activities. Housing is not available at this time, but let us know if you are looking for housing while in college. Email: saintjoeindy@marian.edu

  • How are Saint Joseph's College of Marian University - Indianapolis and the former Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana related?

    We are collaborating in mission to provide a Catholic two-year liberal-arts education option. Saint Joseph's College of Marian University - Indianapolis operates on the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • What can I do after I graduate in two years?

    After graduating with your associates degree, you have a few options:

    • You will be prepared, confident, and well-connected to immediately begin your career.
    • You will be directly admitted to Marian University to complete your bachelor's degree in two additional years.
    • You can transfer your credits to another four-year institution.
  • What do I need to do to become an employer partner?

    Contact Jeff Jourdan, executive director, to get involved in hiring Saint Joe Indy students.


President Elsener on Inside Indiana Business to discuss the unique 'earn and learn' program June 7, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS - Marian University is set to launch a new, innovative two-year college. It's a collaboration with Saint Joseph's College, which suspended operations at its Rensselaer campus in May 2017. Marian University President Dan Elsener explains how the unique Earn and Learn model works.

Read more about our unique 'earn and learn' program

St. Joseph's College at Marian University will offer new options for local students May 14, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — The new St. Joseph's College of Marian University is still accepting applications for the first class of its two-year program.

According to a news release from Marian, the school that is referred to as St. Joe Indy is a collaboration between Marian and St. Joseph's College, which suspended operations at its Rensselaer campus in May 2017. More than 80 St. Joseph's students have transferred to Marian, and Marian has hired several former St. Joseph's staff and faculty members.

Read more about new options for local students

Marian University cuts ribbon on facility which will house its new two-year college May 13, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Marian University hosted nearly 200 guests today for a blessing, ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the facility that will house Saint Joseph College of Marian University – Indianapolis (Saint Joe Indy), its new two-year college. Classes are set to begin July 9.

Read more about our two-year college ribbon cutting ceremony


How to balance work and college June 11, 2019

Saint Joe Indy realizes that many students need to bring in an income while taking classes. To make sure you are able to do both, we created the Earn and Learn internship program.

Read more about balancing your work/college life

Earn while you learn April 17, 2019

Saint Joe Indy has created a unique internship program, Earn and Learn, for you to earn valuable, paid career experience while in college earning an associate degree.

Earn While You Learn at St. Joe Indy

New associate degrees at Saint Joe Indy April 24, 2019

At Saint Joe Indy, we're committed to helping you succeed and achieve what you've always dreamed of. You'll choose from our two programs, along with optional plug-ins, that will uncover your talents and connect you with your next step.

Learn about our associate degree programs

Associate degree vs bachelor's degree: which one works best for you? April 30, 2019

You may consider whether an associate or bachelor's degree makes sense for your future. While there are benefits to both, we will help decide which path ensures your success.

Learn more about our associate's degrees at St. Joe Indy

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