Indiana University Northwest (IU Northwest) is a regional campus of the Indiana University system. It offers certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in more than 30 academic areas. These fully accredited programs are organized through the following academic divisions:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Health and Human Services
- Division of Continuing Studies
- School of Business and Economics
- School of Education
- School of Public and Environmental Affairs
The College of Arts and Sciences offers courses in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, communication, computer information systems, fine arts, geosciences, mathematics and actuarial science, modern languages, performing arts, sociology and anthropology. The College of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest, provides degree courses in subjects like allied health sciences, dental education, nursing, radiologic sciences, and social work.
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Students seeking admission at IU Northwest can apply for the Fall Semester (July), Spring Semester (December), Summer Session I (May), and Summer Session II (June). Online application forms can be filled up and submitted along with a credit card payment of the application fee. Those wishing to transfer from another campus can apply by completing the intercampus transfer form. For international students, the university provides a special international student application form. Students can also complete a printout version of the forms, and mail them to the university’s office together with the application fee. There are different printable forms for freshman or transfer students, guest students, high school students, and grad non-degree students. Adult and continuing education students need to get in touch with the Division of Continuing Studies for details.
The criteria for enrollment vary from one academic program to the other. First-time students generally need to have a graduation degree from either a commissioned Indiana high school, or a comparable degree from any other institution. The university also accepts students with above-average General Educational Development test scores.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships aims at extending all sorts of assistance for students seeking financial help. Federal student aid programs provide grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Students seeking financial aid need to submit the completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application form by the first week of March.
Summer aid comprises private student loans and/or Parent PLUS loans which can be used to pay any education-related expense incurred during the summer enrollment period. In order to apply for the summer aid, undergraduates must be enrolled in a total of 6 credit hours, and graduates in a total of 4 credit hours or more in the summer. Students can also opt for the Federal Work-Study Programs that enable them to bear their own academic expenses.
Students at IU Northwest can apply for the Freshmen Scholarships, IU Foundation Scholarships and Outside Scholarships. High school seniors enrolled directly from a state accredited high school may be eligible for the Valedictorian Scholarship. Altrusa of the Indiana Dunes Scholarship provides annual funding to full or part time undergraduate students securing a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. Undergraduate students with credible scholastic records can seek Ray C. and Josephine K. Thomas Scholarship. Eligible candidates are also awarded the I.U. Endowed Scholarship, Josephine A. Byron Scholarship, William Lowe Bryan Scholarship, and Charles and Gloria Jacot Scholarship.
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Located on a 36-acre campus in Gary, Indiana, IU Northwest includes a library that houses nearly half a million books and other publications. The Savannah Fitness and Recreation Center has a full work-out room with a walking/running track and a 3-court gymnasium. Students can hone their writing skills under personalized guidance at the university’s Writing Center. The IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art & Gallery Northwest exhibits art collections, while the Theatre Northwest organizes regular campus productions.
University students publish a newspaper called the Northwest Phoenix, and an award-winning literary and arts magazine called Spirits. WIUN radio is a community radio run by the students of IU Northwest.
In addition, IU Northwest supports more than 70 clubs and organizations. Among the on-campus Greek associations are Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Club), Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Honor Society), Delta Sigma Pi, Beta Beta Beta, Omega Psi Phi, Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society (Public Administration), Gamma Sigma Omega, and Pi Delta Phi. Students are also involved in societies like the Arts Club, Asian American Association, Dental Education Club, Horror and Independent Film Club, Women’s Studies Student Association, Military Science Club, and Student Nurses’ Association.
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IU Northwest is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II, and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Nicknamed the RedHawks, the university’s teams participate in baseball, basketball, and volleyball. Students are also involved in the Mixed Martial Arts Club, Soccer Club, and Softball Club. Apart from this, the university supports a co-ed RedHawks Cheerleading team, and a Dance Team.