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Right in the heart of Indianapolis

Some may say Marian University is the hidden gem of Indianapolis--as if the city doesn't have enough to brag about. We say the relationship is mutually beneficial.  The city of Indianapolis reaps the reward of a school that can boast nationally recognized athletes and academic programs as well as access to students and faculty who regularly volunteer in the community. And Marian University students can take full advantage of some of Indy's greatest features, which happen to practically be in our back yard. 

Whether you are interested in a university with access to stellar professional partnerships (think internships!) or for the more social side of things as a source of entertainment and escape, Marian University could not be more conveniently located.

Restaurants. Theatre. Concerts. Trails. Art. Did we mention concerts? Nature. Spectator sports. Festivals. Food trucks. (What college student doesn't live to eat?)

And, most importantly, cool places to hang out, you know, to see and be seen. Because you're cool like that. Unless you are more the escaping type who prefers a reflective walk to appreciate art or nature. We're cool with that, too. The fact is, it's up to you how to spend your free-time, but we are confident everything you might need is within minutes of campus. 

Where will you go? So many options just minutes from campus...

15 minutes from hip Broad Ripple Village

For the nightlife, restaurants, or just a walk and popsicle, Broad Ripple is super cool, and good for mingling with other local college students.

Visit Broad Ripple Village

Broad-Ripple night life

14 minutes from lush Eagle Creek park

Miles of wooded trails for a walk or jog in nature, smooth waters for kayaking, or just enjoy the view from the deck at Rick's Cafe & Boatyard.

 Visit Eagle Creek Park


10 minutes from happening downtown Indianapolis

Attend a festival or movie, shop or go to a concert, cheer on the Pacers or Colts, go to a play, go clubbing at the bar of your choice, or just walk and people watch. 

Visit downtown Indianapolis

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8 minutes from the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway

We can actually hear the vroom of the cars from campus as they practice. Get on the track yourself by running the mini-marathon or go wild at Carb Day.  

Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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5 minutes from Newfields (the Indianapolis Museum of Art)

Newfields and the internationally recognized Indianapolis Museum of Art offers the best of art and nature. With an outstanding permanent collection and unique rotating exhibits, the museum includes gorgeous gardens, over 100 acres of woodland, and modern art sculptures. You can play putt-putt, attend an outdoor movie, and cool off in an outdoor Beer Garden. Plus, Marian University students are entitled to a FREE annual membership.

Discover Newfields

IMA sculpture

3 minutes from the 100 Acres Park

Stroll through a unique park which connects contemporary art with the natural world. Access the canal trail for a hike or relax and await your muse.

Visit 100 Acres Park

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1 minute from the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab

Take the stairs behind Allison Mansion down to our very own natural park. Maybe you'll run into our own President Elsener who enjoys a good think-walk.

Visit Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab



0 minutes to Blue Indy cars which take you from here to there

Of course you care about the environment. Electric cars are right here on campus ready to take you anywhere in the city. Grab a friend and explore!

Learn how to use Blue Indy

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For more on all things Indy

Whatever your needs or interests, the city of Indianapolis has it all. Or just stay on campus, because it's pretty nice here, too, and we are always here for you...because that's what we're made of.

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