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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 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 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.

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