Indianapolis and Christian Theological Seminary have grown together since the seminary was founded as part of North Western Christian University in 1855. Now this vibrant city offers excellent opportunities to our students, faculty and staff to live out God’s word. Given CTS’ long history in Indianapolis, our alumni, faculty, staff and students benefit from a wide network of people who support the mission of CTS and assist our students in their faith journeys.
Economically and culturally diverse, Indianapolis is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US, with a population of about 2 million people (850,000 in the city proper). Distinctive neighborhoods add to the city’s appeal, from quaint historic areas downtown to sprawling suburbs. CTS is situated next to Butler University and near other universities, including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The popular Broad Ripple area is just a few miles east of campus, and just west is the internationally renowned Indianapolis Museum of Art, now boasting the country’s largest outdoor contemporary art park. Indianapolis is a fabulous place for walkers, runners and bikers, and the Central Canal Tow Path that connects to the city’s vast network of biking and pedestrian trails flanks the north side of the CTS campus.
Indianapolis is home to the famous Indy 500, the world’s largest children’s museum, a burgeoning craft beer scene, professional sports teams, and Indiana Black Expo, one of the largest cultural events in the United States. From breakfast spots to nightclubs, locally owned businesses offer a wide array of food and entertainment options.