Higher Education

Area College Enrollment & Graduates

Fall 2019 Enrollment
College Undergraduate Graduate Total
Ball State University 16,702 5,741 22,443
Earlham College 948 50 998
Indiana University East 3,500 266 3,766
Ivy Tech Community College 1,292 NA 1,292
Miami University of Ohio 17,246 2,470 19,716
Purdue Polytechnic 79 NA 79
Total Enrollment 39,767 8,527 48,294
2022 Degrees Awarded
College Undergraduate Graduate Total
Ball State University 3,874 2,567 6,441
Earlham College 236 32 268
Indiana University East 759 49 808
Miami University 4,711 901 5,612
Total Degrees 9,580 3,549 13,129
Ivy Tech Community College – Richmond, Indiana

Photo of Ivy Tech Community CollegeA statewide, open-access, community college, Ivy Tech Community College provides residents of Indiana with professional and technical degrees as well as the lifelong training needed for successful careers, personal development, and active citizenship. Through its affordable, quality educational programs and services, the College strengthens Indiana’s economy and enhances its cultural development.

Ivy Tech offers a variety of programs for students as well as short term programs and training services available on demand for immediate upgrade of skills and industry related certification opportunities.

Top 5 Degrees/Certificates Awarded at Ivy Tech Community College (Richmond)
Concentration 2018 2020
Business Administration 67 95
General Ed / Studies 104 141
Healthcare Support 81 89
Medical Assisting 26 63
Nursing 34 80
Total Certificates/Degrees Awarded 249 468
Indiana University East – Richmond, Indiana

IUEHayesHall_000Indiana University East is one of 8 campuses of Indiana University and provides an affordable path to a earn an Indiana University degree. A regional leader in higher-education, IU East offers over 60 academic programs including bachelor’s and master’s degree in social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, business, nursing, education, social work and technical and professional fields. With an enrollment of over 3,400 students, IU East is both a traditional campus that excels in innovative learning options and a virtual campus with a wide array of online degree completion programs. Students at IU East find all the services and opportunities of a large university combined with the advantages and atmosphere of a small college through experiential learning opportunities such as internships, service-learning and research.

More than 95 percent of our alumni stay in the region to live and work.

Top 5 Undergraduate Degrees Awarded at Indiana University East
Degree 2018 2020 2022
Business Administration 141 227 158
Criminal Justice 38 47 47
Education 44 50 50
Nursing 113 71 71
Psychology 108 100 100
General Studies NA 53 53
Mathematics NA 44 44
Total Degrees Awarded 763 853 853
Purdue Polytechnic – Richmond, Indiana

Purdue Polytechnic is engaged with business and industry in numerous ways. Purdue offers certificate and degree programs to support apprenticeship and professional development programs. Purdue Polytechnic can also deliver tailored training or credit coursework at business sites and can provide onsite registration support.

In addition to the traditional classroom setting, some courses may also be taken online, through streaming video, and during accelerated weekend formats. The university’s expertise is available through local faculty and students, as well as through its Technical Assistance Program (TAP). TAP provides technical and organizational help (gratis and contracted), as well as placement of summer interns. Partnered research projects can also be coordinated through the local Purdue Polytechnic – Richmond office.

Purdue Polytechnic – Richmond Degrees/Certificates Awarded
Degree Certificate
2018 2020 2022 2018 2020 2022 2018 2020 2022
Computer Graphics Technology NA NA NA 1 NA NA 4 6 5
Engineering Technology NA NA NA NA NA NA 6 5 1
Industrial Technology 1 NA NA NA NA NA 1 NA NA
Mechanical Engineering Technology NA NA NA 2 6 3 1 0 3

Industrial Engineering Technology (2022)

(Organizational Leadership & Supervision 2018, 2020)

2 0 1 NA NA NA 3 0 2
Total 3 0 1 3 6 3 18 14 11
Earlham College – Richmond, Indiana

Photo of Earlham CollegeFounded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1847, Earlham College is a distinguished liberal arts college drawing students from 42 states and 81 foreign countries. Among the nation’s academically strongest liberal arts colleges, it boasts programs of particular renown in the sciences, humanities and peace and global studies. Earlham is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top colleges for undergraduate study abroad.

The college has one of only three U.S.-based Japan information centers and also offers programs and consulting services for companies seeking to establish business contacts in Japan and the Pacific Rim.


Top 5 Degrees Awarded at Earlham College
Degree 2018 2020 2022
Biology 17 19 15
Computer Science 17 14 12
Psychology 20 12 23
Biochemistry 13 18 20
Business/Global Management 19 40 23
Total Degrees Awarded 242 264 269
Bethany Theological Seminary – Richmond, Indiana

Bethany Theological Seminary is the only theological school and academy for the Church of the Brethren. The school was founded in Chicago in 1905 and later moved to Richmond, Indiana as an affiliate of Earlham College, both are schools founded by historic “peace churches” (Brethren and Quaker).

For over 100 years, the theological seminary has been offering Master of Divinity degrees and undergraduate training with a current focus on peace studies and youth/young adult ministries.

Ball State University – Muncie, Indiana

Founded in 1918, Ball State University has grown into a first-rate research university offering over 190 undergraduate and preprofessional programs, as well as over 140 graduate programs including certificates and master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. Many of Ball State’s programs consistently rank nationally including programs in architecture, entrepreneurship, telecommunications, and education. Ball State is a public university certified by the Higher Learning Commission. Located in Muncie, Indiana, the university is located within an hour’s drive of Wayne County.

Top 5 Degrees Awarded at Ball State University – Undergraduate & Graduate
Department 2018 2020 2022
Nursing 280 142 205
Telecommunications 253 220 231
Interdepartmental Business 283 187 287
Elementary Education 236 133 189
Journalism/Liberal Arts 218 68 92
Total Degrees Awarded 6,211 6,198 6518
Miami University – Oxford, Ohio

One of the oldest public universities in the U.S., this liberal arts university is also known as the “Yale of the West” and ranks among the nation’s top universities for quality of teaching and overall student experience. Miami University offers degrees in over 120 areas of study and 60 master’s and doctoral degree programs. Miami University located just over the Indiana state line in Oxford, Ohio is within a 40-minute commute of Wayne County.

Top 5 Undergraduate Degrees Awarded at Miami University
Degree 2018 2020 2022
Accountancy 210 361 123
Finance 365 324 348
Marketing 321 232 238
Psychology 206 195 273
Strategic Communication 215 196 156
Total Degrees Awarded 4,362 4,835 4711