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Indiana University-Northwest

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4161st for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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.

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Ranks 37th in Indiana and 1306th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Indiana and 125th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.07
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 234 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 30 0.04
Forcible Rape 47 0.06
Robbery 328 0.41
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,618 3.24
Larceny 1,926 2.39
Vehicle theft 794 0.98

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Gary, IN 46408-1197
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population20,299 (20,299 urban / N/A rural)
Households7,350 (2.74 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,543
Families5,105 (3.30 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
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 1938th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,150 $6,150 $17,189
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $589 $589 $589
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $205 $205 $573
FT Graduate Tuition $6,143 $6,143 $14,472
FT Graduate Required Fees $589 $589 $589
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $256 $256 $603
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $8,039 $8,039 $19,078
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,221 $19,221 $30,260
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,217 $12,217 $23,256

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,408 $6,626 $6,408 $6,626 $16,929 $17,477
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,386 $1,012
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,988 $8,864
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,230 $7,520
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,230 $7,520

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,773 (647 male / 1,126 female)
Admitted 1,352 (499 male / 853 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 830 (320 male / 510 female)
FT Enrollment 696 (267 male / 429 female)
PT Enrollment 134 (53 male / 81 female)
Total Enrollment6,387

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA

ACT Test Admission

1048th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 39%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1157th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 68%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 780 / 1020

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 2 162 109 25 1 515 19 840
Accounting 1 2 1 4 1 9
Actuarial Science 3 3
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 3 7 13
Business/Commerce, General 19 7 4 63 93
Chemistry, General 1 2 2 5
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 1
Computer Science 4 1 14 1 20
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 15 7 46 1 70
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 2 15 1 19
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 2 25 2 30
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 5 3 10 19
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 8 1 42 1 55
English Language and Literature, General 1 5 6
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 3
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 6 1 9
French Language and Literature 1 1
General Studies 29 12 36 1 80
Geology/Earth Science, General 4 4
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 6 2 1 11 21
Health Services Administration 3 2 6 11
History, General 1 6 7
Labor Studies 1 1 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 4 3 9
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Mathematics, General 3 3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 3 3 1 9 2 18
Political Science and Government, General 1 1
Psychology, General 8 12 6 28 1 55
Public Administration 1 33 6 18 58
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 11 3 1 45 2 63
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8 7 1 55 1 73
Secondary Education and Teaching 9 5 1 17 32
Social Studies Teacher Education 5 5
Social Work 5 2 6 2 15
Sociology 1 4 1 6
Spanish Language and Literature 3 1 4
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 2 1 7
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1563rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,328 ($72,830 male / $59,436 female)
Number of FT Faculty 172 (79 male / 93 female)
Number of PT Faculty 391
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $5,728,895

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