About Marian University
At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world. Our mission is to be a great Catholic university dedicated to providing students with excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition. We welcome students of all faiths who seek an educational experience framed within the context of our Franciscan values of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. Our understanding of these values is informed by reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and prayer.
The institution 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. On October 19, 2012 the university will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Indianapolis.
Daniel J. Elsener became the eighth president of Marian College, now 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 recruiting students and raising money to advance the mission of the university.
Marian University is located in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana—one of America's largest and most vibrant metropolitan areas. Although only 10 minutes from downtown, the safe, beautiful campus is also perfect for people who enjoy peace and quiet.
Schools and accreditation
Marian University is authorized by name in statute as an approved institution of higher education in the state of Indiana. In full compliance with federal rules, please contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education at www.in.gov/che/2744.htm for Indiana’s higher education complaint resolution process.
Tuition and financial assistance
Marian University's comprehensive financial aid packages make a Marian University education affordable. Grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans are available.
Talk about a place where everybody knows your name! Marian University is a close-knit community focused on the needs of students and committed to their education, safety, social well-being, and success. Our four residence halls and student apartments provide a safe, wholesome, and fun community life. You'll always find plenty to do on and around campus.
Your leadership potential
A close-knit community means more opportunities to get involved and develop your leadership skills. You’ll have more chances to lead in the areas that really interest you...and more chances to explore new interests, too!
Success... for life
Other schools may prepare you for a career. Marian University prepares you for life.