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Letter: IUPUC provides more than many think

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From: Gary Felsten

IUPUC is pleased that early high school graduates Zach Barnes from Columbus North and Kendall Bonnell from Columbus East have chosen to begin their university studies with us. However, the article in the Jan. 6 Classrooms section of The Republic that describes these fine students’ academic accomplishments and goals contributes to a misunderstanding of what IUPUC has to offer.

The story reports that these students plan to take courses at IUPUC and later transfer to four-year schools. Anyone not familiar with IUPUC might infer that it is not a four-year school, when in fact, it is that and more.

Students can complete bachelor’s degrees at IUPUC in business, communication studies, elementary education, English, general studies, mechanical engineering, nursing, psychology and sociology. We are working to add more programs.

IUPUC also offers master’s degrees in business administration and mental health counseling. Among our degree programs are six of the Princeton Review’s top 10 most popular undergraduate majors and pathways to excellent career opportunities.

IUPUC does not offer a complete range of degree programs, and we are happy to provide one or two years of university education to students who must transfer to another four-year school to earn their degrees. However, we find that many students who plan to start at IUPUC and transfer later recognize the quality, affordability, individual attention and good personal fit of an IUPUC education and choose to stay to complete their degrees.

IUPUC is a school that students transfer to, and not only from two-year schools, but from dozens of four-year schools, including IU Bloomington, Purdue, IUPUI and other fine public and private universities.

IUPUC continues to add co-curricular activities, including sports, cultural activities, study abroad and accomplished guest speakers to enhance the overall university experience for our students. The addition of student housing this fall will make study at IUPUC possible for students who live farther from campus.

Most IUPUC graduates stay in our region after completing their degrees and contribute to the economic, cultural and intellectual growth of the area, while improving their lives and those of their families.

The faculty and staff of IUPUC are happy to provide educational opportunities that improve lives for students, whether they start at IUPUC and finish elsewhere, start elsewhere and finish at IUPUC or complete their entire undergraduate education at IUPUC.

Gary Felsten is associate dean for academic affairs at IUPUC.

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