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1000 E 80th Place, Suite 2055
Merrillville, IN 46410
p. 219-769-3321
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Brown Mackie College-Merrillville

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Brown Mackie College—Merrillville has a long and rich history. The school started in 1890 as LaPorte Business College and later changed its named to Commonwealth Business College. In 1919, the school became Reese School of Business and remained so for many decades. In 1975, the name reverted to Commonwealth Business College, and in 1984, a second location was added that is now the current Merillville campus. In 1995, this location became part of the Commonwealth Business College Education Corporation, and in 1998 the school moved into its present location in the Twin Towers business complex of Merrillville, Indiana.

The school is now part of the Brown Mackie network of schools, providing students with career oriented courses of study in healthcare, business, nursing, and legal studies. Certificates, diplomas, two year degrees and four year degrees are earned, giving students the opportunities to stay current with their fields of interest or to learn a whole new skill set.


Business and Technology

The General Business certificate offers courses on business ownership, marketing, personnel, and finance, accounting theories and principles, and computer operations and programs. The certificate prepares students to be executive assistants, bookkeepers, customer service and banking representatives, and sales assistants.

The Business Administration bachelor of science degree combines the Business Management courses with specialized classwork in business law, human resources, and small business management. This degree will prepare graduates for entry-level management positions and even more advanced leadership positions in a large or small business.

The Business Management associate of applied science degree offers the same courses plus accounting and business decision-making and development of small business courses. Graduates are prepared for jobs as an office manager, human resources or marketing associate, and account representative. The office management associate degree offers instruction on applying software products to business problems, general business courses, and effective communication for an office setting, preparing students for entry level jobs in human resources, or as an office manager, account representative, or marketing associate.

Healthcare and Wellness

The Medical Assistant certificate, offering courses in the structure and function of the body, routine procedures for a physical exam, and automated scheduling and billing procedures, prepare students for entry level jobs under the direct supervision of a physician or medical office manager.

An associate of applied science degree is offered upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. This degree will prepare graduates to work under the supervision of a full therapist as rehabilitative treatments are performed on disabled patients to improve the quality of life.

The associate of science in Surgical Technology is for students who wish to work in an entry level job in an operating room. Students will take classes on the human body and in surgical techniques to prepare to work under the supervision of a surgeon.

Legal Studies

The Criminal Justice Specialist certificate program offers courses in guidelines for law enforcement officers, criminal law, and legal research and writing. Those who earn the certificate can go on to a criminal justice degree, or if the student already has a degree or work experience, it can be used for a career change.

The Paralegal Assistant certificate involves studying legal research and honing writing skills to become part of a legal team working in a legal office.

The Criminal Justice associate in applied business degree provides training in guidelines for law enforcement officers, criminal and other areas of law, and an understanding of police agencies, defense and prosecution, and judge and juries. Those earning this degree are qualified for jobs in corrections, investigations, juvenile law, and security.

Those pursuing the bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice will have the ability to help uphold the justice system and have a career in a legal field.

The Paralegal associate in applied business degree offers courses in legal research and writing, application of the principles of law, and drafting basic contracts and other legal documents. Paralegals are prepared for entry level jobs under the supervision of an attorney and perform much of the background work for a law firm or agency.


Earning a bachelor of science in Nursing will give current registered nurses the chance to gain knowledge that will allow for career advancement in this field. Students will enroll in general education and professional skills classes as they learn about this important healthcare industry.

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Those applying must submit proof of graduation from an accredited high school or state-approved secondary curriculum, or a GED. Admission factors include student’s academic record and career interests. Some of the degree programs may have special enrollment requirements so be sure to contact the school directly before applying.

Financial Aid

As soon as students are accepted, they should apply for financial aid, as some aid may be limited. Financial aid counselors are available to guide students through the process of identifying appropriate grants and loans and to help with application. Possible sources of financial aid are federal and state aid, loans, and work/study.

When filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, be sure to give the number for this specific Merrillville campus.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3814th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Indiana.


There are usually more than 900 students enrolled at this location. Students at this campus, as well as at all Brown Mackie College campuses, are encouraged to give back to the community and participate in service projects. Advisors, tutors, and career services professionals are available to students to guide them through all phases of their studies.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

Students only take One Course Per Month, and there are a variety of day/night/weekend class options to help students meet their scheduling needs. This give students the chance to master the content by focusing on just one subject per month.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.17
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 71 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 36 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 151 0.43
Larceny 1,082 3.05
Vehicle theft 147 0.41

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Merrillville, IN 46410
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population32,841 (30,328 urban / 2,513 rural)
Households12,574 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$48,191
Families8,663 (3.11 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Private For-profit 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1801

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3332nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,304 $11,304 $11,304
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $810 $810 $810
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $12,714 $12,714 $12,714
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,403 $24,403 $24,403
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,907 $20,907 $20,907

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,115 $12,024 $11,115 $12,024 $11,115 $12,024
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $650
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,613 $5,541
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,327 $6,249
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,358 $8,252

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 93 32 2 78 206
Accounting 1 1
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 2 5
Business Administration and Management, General 2 1 3
Business/Commerce, General 6 5 6 17
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 3 1 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 9 3 9 21
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 1
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 3 3
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 5 10 18
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3 2 2 7
Medical Office Management/Administration 5 1 6 12
Medical/Clinical Assistant 26 6 11 43
Occupational Therapist Assistant 14 4 1 17 36
Surgical Technology/Technologist 16 4 14 35

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3885th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $45,871 ($42,000 male / $41,308 female)
Number of FT Faculty 7 (1 male / 6 female)
Number of PT Faculty 34
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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