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Seamless Admissions Pilot Program expanding

An initiative making it easier for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students to enroll at Indiana University Indianapolis is expanding. 

Last fall, IU Indianapolis leaders announced a pilot program with IPS to automatically admit seniors at Arsenal Tech, George Washington, Crispus Attucks, and Shortridge high schools who have a 3.0 GPA or higher, beginning in fall 2024. The initiative is now expanding to include seniors in all IPS high schools in the Innovation Network. This expansion of the seamless admissions program will be effective in the fall of 2025.  

The latest schools to join the pilot program for fall 2025 admission include Christel House Schools Watanabe Manual High School, Herron High School, Herron-Riverside High School, Hope Academy High School, KIPP Indy Legacy High School, Phalen Leadership Academy, Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood, and Purdue Polytechnic High School North. 

Instead of students having to apply, supply their high school transcripts, and pay an application fee, qualifying students will just need to fill out a short online form. 

“IU Indianapolis is committed to supporting students and families through higher education, especially within the Indianapolis community,” said Latha Ramchand, inaugural chancellor and executive vice president for Indiana University Indianapolis. “The seamless admissions pilot program is an important demonstration of that commitment. By expanding this engagement, we are uplifting more residents of our city and helping supply the state and region with a growing talent pool for the jobs of the future.”  

Expanding the seamless admissions initiative with IU Indianapolis to all IPS high schools, including those in our Innovation Network, is a transformative moment in the educational journey for all our students and families, said IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson. 

“We know that this initiative holds the potential to significantly enhance the numbers of IPS graduates attending college,” Dr. Johnson said. “Together, we’re paving the way for a future where every student can aspire, achieve and seamlessly transition to higher education, contributing to the growing success of our graduates.” 

The program has gained popularity across IPS since last fall, leading IU Indianapolis to waive application fees for all IPS seniors applying for fall 2024, regardless of whether students attend district-managed high schools or Innovation Network schools. The campus hosted a series of events in the spring to encourage students to pursue post-secondary education and improve accessibility. IU Indianapolis also hosted events at multiple IPS high schools, in addition to inviting all IPS seniors to on-campus events. 

“We heard from school counselors that our pilot initiative has helped encourage students who didn’t initially think college was for them to pursue higher education,” said PJ Woolston, vice chancellor for enrollment management at IU Indianapolis. “Ninety percent of our graduates stay in Indiana after graduation, which means these students are equipped to give back to their communities and central Indiana.” 

Through the seamless admissions program, IU Indianapolis works with IPS and EmployIndy to ensure students are supported from the moment they are admitted, giving them access to career and advising services on the Indianapolis campus, as well as the Indy Achieves program, funded by the city of Indianapolis.  

The seamless admissions program represents just one of nearly a dozen partnerships IU Indianapolis has with Indianapolis Public Schools, which include tutoring initiatives, campus visits, programs like the BOSS Camp, which encourages students to think like an entrepreneur during the summer, and options for college credit or even dual enrollment through the SPAN program. 

Officials said they’ve already heard from other school districts interested in the seamless admissions partnership, and they will continue to explore further expansion of the program throughout Marion County. 

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