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Colleges / Indiana University Northwest

Indiana University Northwest

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

IU Northwest Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to IU Northwest, the application fee costs $35.

Students who submit their applications to IU Northwest for fall should anticipate a decision by January 2.

IU Northwest Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of IU Northwest's admissions stats.

IU Northwest 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 14.2%
Mean SAT Score 1041
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17.4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 6%
Waitlist No

Indiana University Northwest Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Indiana University Northwest.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to IU Northwest?

IU Northwest does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Indiana University Northwest Admissions

Is IU Northwest Difficult To Get Into?

Getting into IU Northwest is not difficult. IU Northwest has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2021, IU Northwest accepted 85% of all applicants, about 1,419 from 1,660 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like IU Northwest, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Indiana University Northwest is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Indiana University Northwest

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

What Does IU Northwest Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at IU Northwest

What does IU Northwest consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with IU Northwest for more information on admission factors.

IU Northwest Application Requirements

To apply to IU Northwest, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with IU Northwest's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into IU Northwest?

Students admitted to IU Northwest have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

Out of all students that were admitted, 48.1% submitted a class rank. At IU Northwest 14.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 37.1% were in the top 25% and 71.1% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Indiana University Northwest, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 8.67%
3.75 and 3.99 10%
3.50 and 3.74 12.89%
3.25 and 3.49 13.11%
3.00 and 3.24 14.22%
2.50 and 2.9 24.89%
2.00 and 2.49 15.78%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to IU Northwest directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

IU Northwest considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

IU Northwest is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 17.4% of IU Northwest's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for IU Northwest?

To be competitive with other IU Northwest applicants, you should aim to score between 930 and 1150 (or higher!) on the SAT. At IU Northwest 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1150 and 25% of scored lower than 930, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a IU Northwest student is 1041.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of IU Northwest students scored 550 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of IU Northwest students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for IU Northwest?

To be most competitive at IU Northwest, you should strive to earn between 17 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for IU Northwest's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for IU Northwest students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Indiana University Northwest

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to IU Northwest.

Transfer students can enroll in IU Northwest during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

IU Northwest Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to IU Northwest?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to IU Northwest.

Does IU Northwest accept transfer credits?

✅ IU Northwest accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. IU Northwest accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does IU Northwest accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ IU Northwest accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to IU Northwest?

❌ No, IU Northwest is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is IU Northwest's acceptance rate?

✅ IU Northwest has an acceptance rate of 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at IU Northwest?

❌ IU Northwest does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at IU Northwest?

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IU Northwest Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into IU Northwest? IU Northwest is a less selective institution. The IU Northwest acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


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


17 to 26


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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At IU Northwest, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.14. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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