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At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education that profoundly transforms lives, society, and the world.

Our mission is to be a Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. 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.
We rise and cheer for you,
dear Marian,
And let your voices ring high.
We'll loudly sound your name,
And proudly spread your fame.
Raise your glory to the sky.
In battle you shall march to victory.

While we proclaim your might,
Your gold and blue will fly,
as we forever cry:
Hail to the Marian Knights
Hail to the Marian Knights!

Marian University is committed to abiding by the rules set forth by the NAIA, the USBC, USA Cycling, the Crossroads League and the Mid-States Football Association.
The links below will help prospective student-athletes navigate the college search and application process.


Academic Eligibility
NAIA Academic Eligibility Requirements
NAIA Eligibility Information
NAIA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse
Marian University Office of Admission
Marian University Admission - International Students
Recruiting Information
Apply to Marian University
Prospect/Parent Information
Student-Athlete Handbook
Schedule a Visit to Marian University




The Marian University department of athletics prides itself on the academic success of its teams and its student-athletes.

Since the 2011-12 season, the Marian University department of athletics has had nine (9) student-athletes recognized as Capital One Academic All-Americans®. This award is a national award that is given to a student-athlete who has (1) achieved sophomore standing and has participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests, (2) has maintained a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale and (3) has been nominated by the institution's sports information director. The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) create a ballot and vote, first, for the Capital One Academic All-District® teams. If a student-athlete earns a first team spot on the all-district team, their name goes onto the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America® award, which is voted upon by the membership of CoSIDA. In addition to the nine all-america selections, MU has had 15 student-athletes earn all-district honors.

Since 2006-07, the Marian University department of athletics has had 50 teams (through 2011-12) representing MU as NAIA Scholar Teams. This award is given to teams that have maintained a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the entire academic year. Each team's head coach sets this award as a goal each season.

Since 1982-83, the Marian University department of athletics has seen nearly 250 of its student-athletes recognized as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. This award is given to a student-athlete who has (1) achieved junior standing, (2) has maintained a 3.50 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale and (3) has been nominated by the institution's head coach. Since the 2006-07 season, MU has averaged nearly 22 student-athletes per season achieving this award.

Academics and athletics go hand-in-hand at Marian University.