IU School of Social Work is headquartered on the IUPUI campus with locations on 8 IU Campuses. The school also has the Department of Labor Studies
The BSW program has a Dean's list to recognize student excellence. The policy, as approved by the Faculty in 1997, reads as follows:
Each year, graduating students who rank in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class are recognized by graduating with Distinction (Highest, High, and With Distinction). These students are awarded specially colored "cords" which they wear attached to the shoulder of their graduation gowns during the commencement ceremony.
Phi Alpha Honor Society was established in 1962 to foster connections between social work students and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Emphasizing high educational standards for social workers, Phi Alpha offers membership to students who demonstrate academic excellence. BSW juniors and seniors and graduating MSW students in the top 35% of their class are invited to join the Kappa Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society.
Chancellor's Scholar Award is bestowed each year on an outstanding student in each of IUPUI's twenty (20) academic units who has achieved the highest level of academic performance while working towards his or her degree.
Each year, the accomplishments of IUPUI top junior and senior students are recognized. The IUPUI Alumni Association solicits student nominations from faculty, staff, and student organizations sometime in January or early February. Eligible nominees must have completed at least 24 credit hours at the Indianapolis Campus.
In accordance with IUPUI's mission as an urban, civically engaged institution, the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion award was established to distinguish graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities, exhibited personal and academic growth, high levels of integrity, and significant community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences during their college years.