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Colleges / Indiana University Northwest

About IU Northwest

Indiana University Northwest is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Gary, Indiana. IU Northwest was founded in 1959 and now enrolls around 3,801 students a year, including 3,414 undergrads.

There are many ways for students to get involved at IU Northwest! Love music or performing? Perform with one of IU Northwest's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? IU Northwest students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? 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.

Learn more about life at IU Northwest on the Student Life page.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by January 2.

2021 IU Northwest Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
Average GPA 3.1
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 74.7%
In-State Tuition $7,067
Out-of-State $19,926
Percent of Need Met 72%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $8,804

Is IU Northwest a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a university is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a clearer idea of what IU Northwest offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Indiana University Northwest

It is slightly difficult to get into IU Northwest. The acceptance rate at IU Northwest is 82%. Out of 2,506 applications received in 2021, 2,047 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at IU Northwest

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at IU Northwest, around 70% are still enrolled the next year. IU Northwest's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 32%. 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 statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

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 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $11.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $9,400 for each full-time student enrolled.

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 72% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,804 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $26,040 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some 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 not be the right school for someone else! 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 want to see IU Northwest for yourself, 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

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Transfer Applications are Due

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

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IU Northwest ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to IU Northwest is 20. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into IU Northwest. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 23 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

900 - 1080


Math SAT Range

440 - 540


Reading SAT Range

450 - 550

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for IU Northwest students is 992. Applicants with SAT scores of 1080 and above have a good chance of being admitted to IU Northwest, while applicants with SAT scores between 900 to 1080 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 900 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 3,801 students enrolled at IU Northwest, including 3,414 undergraduate students and 387 graduate students. 73% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from IN and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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