Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is the largest university in northeast Indiana. This coeducational public institution is managed by two university systems, Indiana University and Purdue University, meaning IPFW is able to offer a combination of over 200 degree courses from both university systems.
The combined IPFW campus was opened in 1964 and has continued to expand to deal with the growing student population.
Today the 688-acre campus is almost unrecognisable from the early days of IPFW, and in fact the only campus building that existed when the university opened is Kettler Hall, which now houses academic and administrative offices.
Other notable campus buildings include the Helmke Library, which holds over 400,000 volumes, as well as the Walbe Student Union, home to more than 125 student clubs and organisations, the 300-seat Williams Theatre, and the unique Crescent Avenue Bridge.
The university is divided into five colleges, two divisions and one school, which together host 33 academic departments.
The university is very proud of the fact that more than half of IPFW students are first-generation college students, and out of the 55,000 alumni, 80 percent live and work in northeast Indiana.
IPFW celebrates several annual traditions and events, including Tapestry Day, a celebration of women and a recognition of their role within the IPFW community, as well as Homecoming, which is celebrated in February and allows past and present IPFW students to enjoy a range of activities and competitions.
Among notable former students are Olympic volleyball player Lloy Ball, All My Children actress Julia Barr, and former member of the House of Representatives, Mark Souder.