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Colleges / Indiana University Northwest

IU Northwest Admissions

If you want to apply to IU Northwest, the fee for the application is $35.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than January 2.

IU Northwest Admissions Stats at a Glance

IU Northwest 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 13.3%
Mean SAT Score 992
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 74.7%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 25.5%

Applying Early to IU Northwest?

Indiana University Northwest does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to IU Northwest?

Getting into IU Northwest is slightly difficult. IU Northwest evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, IU Northwest accepted 82% of all applicants, around 2,047 of the 2,506 students who applied.

Schools that are slightly 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.

Transfer student admissions is slightly difficult. For applicants who are not residents of Indiana, getting into Indiana University Northwest is moderately difficult.

What Does IU Northwest Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating 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 prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at IU Northwest

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

IU Northwest Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record

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, 55.5% submitted a class rank. At IU Northwest 13.3% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 37% were in the top 25% and 70.1% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Indiana University Northwest, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 55.5%
3.75 and 3.99 9.83%
3.50 and 3.74 11.7%
3.25 and 3.49 11.54%
3.00 and 3.24 14.98%
2.50 and 2.9 28.55%
2.00 and 2.49 15.76%

IU Northwest does consider 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 2021, 74.7% of IU Northwest's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25.5% 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 strive to earn between 900 and 1080 (or higher!) on the SAT. At IU Northwest 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1080 and 25% of scored lower than 900, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a IU Northwest student is 992.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of IU Northwest students scored 540 or higher and 75% of students scored 450 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of IU Northwest students scored 550 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 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 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for IU Northwest's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 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.

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Transferring to Indiana University Northwest

For transfer students, it is slightly 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

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 you can choose whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is IU Northwest's acceptance rate?

IU Northwest's acceptance rate is 82%.

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IU Northwest Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

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How hard is it to get into IU Northwest? IU Northwest is a less selective institution. The IU Northwest acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 81 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


17 to 23


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 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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1080 and Above


900 to 1080


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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 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 3.1. 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.

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