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Colleges / Indiana University Northwest

Indiana University Northwest

Gary, IN 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

About IU Northwest

Indiana University Northwest Overview

Indiana University Northwest is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Gary, Indiana. IU Northwest was founded in 1959 and currently enrolls around 3,460 students per year year, which includes 3,063 undergraduate students. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from IU Northwest by January 2.

Student Involvement at IU Northwest

Interested in music or performing? At IU Northwest you can perform with one of the university's theater groups.

Thinking of pledging? IU Northwest has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? IU Northwest has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at IU Northwest on the Student Life page.

2022 IU Northwest Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 17.4%
In-State Tuition $7,274
Out-of-State $20,634
Percent of Need Met 71%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $8,482

Is IU Northwest a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer look at what IU Northwest offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

IU Northwest Acceptance Rate 2022

IU Northwest is not difficult to get into. Around 85% of applicants get into IU Northwest each year. Out of 1,660 applications received in 2022, 1,419 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at IU Northwest

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 64% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at IU Northwestcome back their sophomore year. Around 38% of students who started at IU Northwest earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for IU Northwest Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from IU Northwest by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with IU Northwest directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

IU Northwest's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Indiana University Northwest's endowment was $15.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, IU Northwest spends about $9,155 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at IU Northwest

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

IU Northwest meets 71% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,482 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,354 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at IU Northwest.

Based on this information, how does IU Northwest sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is IU Northwest a good school for you?

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Where is IU Northwest?

IU Northwest is located in the suburban setting of Gary, Indiana, less than an hour from Chicago.

If you are interested in seeing IU Northwest for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 65 to Gary, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Midway International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what IU Northwest and Gary are like without leaving home.

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College Info

3400 Broadway Gary, IN 46408-1197

Campus Setting: Suburban

IU Northwest Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to IU Northwest is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

IU Northwest ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


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17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to IU Northwest is 22. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into IU Northwest. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

IU Northwest SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

930 - 1150


Math SAT Range

460 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1150 and Above


930 to 1150


930 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for IU Northwest students is 1041. Applicants with SAT scores of 1150 and above have a good chance of being admitted to IU Northwest, while applicants with SAT scores between 930 to 1150 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 930 have a low chance of being offered a spot at IU Northwest.

IU Northwest Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at IU Northwest is like? There are approximately 3,460 students enrolled at IU Northwest, including 3,063 undergraduate students and 397 graduate students. 72% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from IN and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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