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INDIANAPOLIS — Marian University and Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer are joining forces to open a new two-year college in Indianapolis.

Saint Joseph’s College of Marian University-Indianapolis is slated to open in July adjacent to the Marian University campus.

“This is a collaboration between two Catholic institutions with a shared mission and history,” Marian University President Daniel Elsener said. “Saint Joe’s has a rich tradition of educating thousands upon thousands of leaders with a strong liberal arts foundation. The outlook for success for our innovative two-year college is greatly enhanced by this collaboration.”

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“This is a positive step forward for the future of Saint Joseph’s College,” Fr. Barry Fischer said. “Saint Joseph’s College continues to live, in both name and mission, and we are excited about the possibilities that will be presented through this collaboration.”

According to Marian University’s President Elsener, a study will be conducted to determine the feasibility of expanding the two-year college to other areas of the state. One of the locations that will be considered, he said, is the Saint Joseph’s campus in Rensselaer.

Saint Joseph’s College has pledged $1.5 million to be paid over 10 years to help fund scholarships for students who attend the two-year college. 

As for the St. Joseph’s College campus in Renseelaer, it remains shuttered as the school continues to figure out how to climb out of desperate financial troubles. The school was closed in early 2017 over it’s millions of dollars in debt.

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