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Office of Admissions

Future Freshmen

Admissions Standards

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Freshman applicants should be on track to graduate, or should have graduated, from a commissioned Indiana high school, comparable out-of-state institution or an approved homeschool, successfully completing a college prep curriculum.

Effective with the 2011 high school graduating class, the Indiana Core 40 Diploma is a minimum requirement for admission.  Students not acheiving a Core 40 should apply to Ivy Tech Community College and complete 12 general education credit hours (100 level or higher) then apply to transfer to IU Northwest.   

In addition, applicants should:  

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Rank in the upper half of the high school graduating class.
  • Score above the median established by northwest Indiana students on the SAT or ACT. (If you have been out of school for more than one year, these scores are not required.)
  • GED recipients must have a total score that is above the average for Indiana residents.
IU Northwest may accept students who are deficient in the standards listed above after additional testing.

Admissions Steps

Apply for admissions  

1. Apply for admission

We highly recommend that you apply using our secure online application and pay the $35 non-refundable application fee with a credit card. 

Application fee waivers are only available for current high school seniors who are 21st Century Scholars or who have received an SAT/ACT waiver.  Documentation for the fee waiver must be provided before the application is processed

2. Request transcripts from high school or docufide

Request your official high school transcripts be sent to The Office of Admissions.  If your school participates in Docufide, you are encouraged to utilize the Docufide link on your school's website.

For those that completed a GED, we will need an official copy of your test scores sent to us.  If you completed dual credit classes while in high school, we will need an official transcript from the dual credit partner college/university.

3. Send your SAT or ACT scores

Please have SAT or ACT scores sent to The Office of Admissions. (If you graduated from high school more than one year ago, these scores are not required.)

4. Complete FAFSA

Go to the FAFSA website and complete the application.  The FAFSA must be completed and submitted by March 10th to be eligible for Indiana state grants and 21st Century Scholarships.

However, if the deadline has passed, it is not too late to complete the FAFSA in order to asses your family's eligibility for federal grants and loans.  The IU Northwest school code is 001815.

Steps for admitted students  

1. After being admitted, set up your technology accounts

Set up your technology accounts

2. Sign up for placement testing

Find  placement testing resources here.  Students will not be able to register for classes until they have taken the appropriate tests.

3. Meet with an academic advisor

Contact information will be given at time of placement testing

4. Register for classes

Register for classes via OneStart

5. Attend New Student Orientation

Attend required New Student Orientation to ensure that you have all of the information you need before you start your semester at IU Northwest.

Schedule a Tour  

Campus Visits and Tours

The best way to really experience IU Northwest is to visit. You can tour our campus, meet current students and learn about our academic programs and services.

Call the Office of Admissions at (219) 980-6991 or toll free at (888) 968-7486 or send us an e-mail to schedule a campus tour. Regularly scheduled walking tours take place on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. 

We're conveniently located in Gary, Indiana, only a few blocks off the interstate and within 30 miles of Chicago. To help you get here and find your way around campus, check out our: