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1440 E 35th Ave
Gary, IN 46409-1499
p. 219-981-1111
w. www.ivytech.edu/northwest/

Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest

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Ivy Tech Community College is the largest college in the state of Indiana and the largest single accredited statewide community college system in the United States. The Northwest region is the second largest college in northwest part of Indiana and serves the counties of Starke, LaPorte, Porter, Jasper, Lake, Newton and Pulaski. There are four campuses in all: Gary, Valparaiso, East Chicago (De La Garza), and Michigan City (The Pejec Campus). The college has a total annual enrollment of 8,000 students.


This region offers various degree, certificate, and technical certificate programs through the following schools: Applied Science & Engineering Technology, Business, Computing & Informatics, Education, Fine Arts & Design, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Public & Social Services, and Technology

The degrees offered include the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees. The areas of study include Advanced Manufacturing, Design Technology, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Early Childhood Education, General Studies, Liberal Arts, Paralegal Studies, Nursing, and Criminal Justice. Various certificates are offered by the college in areas such as Accounting, Computer Information Technology, Practical Nursing, Industrial Technology, and Human Services.


The school admits first-time students, returning Ivy Tech students, GED credential holders, transfer students, international students, and dual credit high school students. To seek admission here, students need to complete an admission application form. They are also required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. There is an orientation session for new students. Students are also required to appear for the COMPASS Placement test for assessment of basic skills in Algebra, Mathematics, English and Reading. Students can seek exemption from the placement test based on their SAT/ACT/PSAT scores or if they have prior college credits in English and Math.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is provided to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial aid available include: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Different types of grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Ivy Tech Grant, TEACH grant, and Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant.

Students may be eligible for various loan options such as Federal Direct Stafford (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans, Parent PLUS loans, and (Private) Student Loans. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions.

The students of this region can apply for various scholarships such as the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Abbott & Fenner Scholarship, Lukach Memorial Scholarship, Dislocated Worker Fund Opportunity, and Porter Health Occupations Scholarship.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4220th for the average student loan amount.
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Students can enhance their career and educational prospects by participating in campus organizations and activities and are actively encouraged to participate in community service activities through student government, classroom activities, partnerships with community agencies, and student clubs and organizations. The Student Leadership Academy provides the platform for emerging leaders to hone their leadership skills through study, observation, and application. The Academic Skills Advancement program is aimed at students facing academic difficulty and provides assistance with developmental instruction in communications, math, sciences, and writing and study skills. The Academic Advisors on campus provide assistance to students to help them achieve their educational, personal, and career goals. The Career Services Center has its own job search website, JobZone, where students can search for open positions and post their resume. The Student Government is the voice of the students and promotes the college spirit. There is a bookstore on the campus which stocks textbooks and supplies.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 62nd in Indiana and 3371st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
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 46409-1499
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population12,709 (12,709 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,093 (3.09 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,203
Families3,028 (3.57 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

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

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4172nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,234 $3,234 $6,906
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $120 $120 $120
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $108 $108 $230
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 $4,424 $4,424 $8,096
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,185 $16,185 $19,857
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,252 $8,252 $11,924

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,090 $3,257 $3,090 $3,257 $6,306 $6,761
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Books & Supplies $1,060 $1,070
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,084 $9,175
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,045 $5,078
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,197 $4,222

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4178th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Tenure system
Average FT Salary $42,974 ($43,286 male / $42,776 female)
Number of FT Faculty 126 (49 male / 77 female)
Number of PT Faculty 333
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,030,989

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