IU Northwest History and Information

Whether you're just finishing high school or thinking about college to advance your career, Indiana University Northwest offers you the opportunity to earn a prestigious IU degree that is respected throughout Indiana, the nation, and the world.

  • As part of the Indiana University system, IU Northwest provides all the services and opportunities of a large university combined with the advantages and atmosphere of a small college.
  • Small class sizes promote personal attention and individualized learning. Our faculty-student ratio of 1 to 16 means you'll get to know your professors.
  • We're more affordable with manageable payment plans and financial aid
  • We're close to home and easily accessible. If you live or work in Northwest Indiana or just across the border in Illinois, we're easy to get to by major highways.
  • Academic and career support services to help you succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Choose from a wide array of programs including certificates and associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.
  • Convenient courses offered days, evenings, and weekends.
  • You can attend full time or part time—whatever works best with your life and goals.
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty members teach at IU Northwest. More than 82 percent have doctorates or the highest degree available in their field.
  • An alumni network of more than 27,000 are making important professional contributions in fields ranging from business and law to heath care and education.

IU Northwest Mission, Vision and Values


Indiana University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Institution and as a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). In addition, many schools, divisions and program have acquired additional accreditation through professional societies. A complete list of accreditations at IU Northwest can be found on the Accreditation page.

IU Northwest History

Established in Gary, Indiana, in 1963, IU Northwest is located on a 36-acre campus in the northwest corner of the state. We are a focal point for our students and the region offering nationally recognized degree programs, a diverse student body, a supportive environment, and unique cultural opportunities.

Student Enrollment

In the fall of 2014, 6,052 students were enrolled at IU Northwest. Our students are:

  • 92% undergraduates and 8% graduate students
  • 53% full-time students and 47% part-time students
  • 67% women and 33% men
  • 98% residents of Northwest Indiana
  • 20% African-American and 19% Hispanic

Getting Around

Visit our campus map page for driving directions, a campus map, and parking information.

Information about ADA-accessibility

Contact Us

IU Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408-1197
Phone: (219) 980-6500
Toll Free: (888) 968-7486

Find People

It's easy to find people at IU Northwest using our campus directory, faculty directory, and the IU Register Online.