Student Social Life
During the last decade, Indianapolis’ tremendous growth as a business center and amateur sports capital has gained the attention of cities all across the nation. Even with success, the Hoosier capital has remained relatively unspoiled. Indianapolis consistently ranks as one of the cleanest and safest cities in the nation, and its unemployment rates and cost of living remain below the national average. Over the past decade, Indianapolis has become the nation’s twelfth largest city with a population of one and a half million in its metropolitan area. Indianapolis is one of the most accessible cities in the nation, with more interstates converging here than in any other U.S. city. The ‘Circle City’ is the center of America’s Heartland; more than 65 % of the U.S. population lives within a 700 mile radius of Indianapolis (Chicago – 187 mi.; Detroit – 277 mi.; St. Louis – 237 mi.; Cleveland – 309 mi.). Located just south of Indianapolis, Greenwood provides an ideal setting for students to prepare for Christian ministry and utilize their spiritual gifts. Numerous independent Baptist churches with thriving ministries are located throughout the greater Indianapolis area, giving students an abundance of opportunities to serve while they study. Greenwood has seen tremendous growth over the past ten years, which translates into job opportunities and ministry potential. Even with this growth, Greenwood remains one of the safest suburban areas in the country.
Dormitory-style housing is provided on the Indiana Baptist College campus. All single students under twenty-three years of age who are not living with their parents or guardians are required to reside on campus. The residence halls provide an atmosphere of Christian fellowship and spiritual growth, and quickly become the students’ “home away from home.”
The President's Picnic starts off the fall semester with a "get acquainted" time for both new and old students. Special events during the school year provide a contrast to the everyday class routine for times of enjoyable Christian fellowship. The distinct seasons of the Indianapolis area allow a wide variety of activities, some spontaneous and others planned. Organized calendar events also provide special times for the students. Concerts, Fall Bible Conference, Spring Missions Conference, College Days, and the Fall and Spring Banquets all are special times of fellowship, fun and growth.
All Indiana Baptist College students are expected to manifest the highest standards of Christian living at all times. Standards of personal conduct for students are based upon biblical principles. Movie attendance, dancing, gambling; use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or narcotics; profanity, and other worldly practices are not permitted. Student dress will follow biblical standards of modesty and propriety. Ladies are expected to wear modest-length skirts and dresses. Men are expected to wear their hair in a style that shows clearly that they are men. No long hair will be permitted. Hair must be off the ears and collar. It must be tapered in the back and sideburns must not come below the middle of the ear. Male students must wear ties to all classes and to chapel. Dress is part of a Christian testimony, and neatness is very important.
A wide selection of student employment is available due to the growth of Indianapolis. Indiana Baptist College is located on the outskirts of the rapidly developing south side. The college is positioned between two major thoroughfares, both of which have many stores, businesses and restaurants. Also, the Greenwood Park Mall lies within one mile of the college.
The structure of class periods favors student employment, with the majority of courses offered in the mornings (7:30-12:20 Monday-Friday). This often enables students to work during after-noon business hours.