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Everyone is so friendly and nice, and the campus is beautiful. I feel at home here.

Join us on an all-campus video tour, led by students.  

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Hi there! My name is Mia.

And my name is Max. We’re students here at IU Northwest, home of the RedHawks!

Come on, we’ll show you around.

IU Northwest sits on 43 beautiful acres in Gary, IN, just 15 minutes from the Illinois state line and about 40 minutes from downtown Chicago.

So, let’s start here, right in the middle of campus. On any given day, you’re bound to see students walking to and from class, friends hanging out on the quad or even a class being held outdoors.

From here, let’s head over to the Anderson Library and Conference Center, one place every student ends up visiting at one time or another.

In addition to nearly half a million books, the library features group and individual study areas, computer stations, and professional library staff to help you with your research needs.

Just outside the library is our outdoor amphitheater. It’s a popular gathering spot for students with a stage for live performances and plenty of space to soak up the sunshine.

From here, it’s just a few short steps to the Dunes Medical/Professional Building, where you will find the Schools of Business and Economics, Social Work, and Public and Environmental Affairs. The School of Nursing and our Dental Education and Radiologic Sciences programs are also based in Dunes.

There are labs, exam rooms and study places on every floor—and even a health and wellness center and dental clinic.

Dunes is also the location of the IU School of Medicine Northwest, the only medical school in all of Northwest Indiana. How cool is that?

Just across the way is Marram Hall. It’s home base for the biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology and environmental science degree programs.

Raintree Hall is also nearby. It’s where the psychology department is based and where lots of classes for a variety of other degree programs are held.

If you’ve ever visited IU Northwest for an in-person campus tour, then you’re probably already familiar with our next stop: Hawthorn Hall.

You’ll find the Office of Admissions here and so much more! Everything from the Office of Financial Aid and a technology support center, to classrooms, the Writing and Math Labs, and the School of Education. And there’s a multicultural community center and Veterans Resources Center where all students are welcome. Needless to say, it’s a pretty busy place!

As we exit the building, I’d like to point out the beautiful outdoor art we have on campus. Many of the one-of-a-kind sculptures you see here—and many of the artworks on campus—are the work of current and former IU Northwest students and faculty.

Well, who do we have here?

Hey Rufus!

Rufus is our friendly mascot and I’m not surprised to find him here because the Savannah Center is home to IU Northwest Athletics. Here you can get fit, thanks to a gymnasium, fitness center and track.

And if you’re looking for books and cool IU gear, look no further than the Barnes & Noble bookstore, also in the Savannah Center.

Of course, I cannot forget to show you the IQ Wall. This is a wall of high-def screens with scrolling information and news. But it’s used in other ways, too. Some professors show presentations here and the gaming club uses it to play video games.


Speaking of clubs, there are more than 70 student clubs and organizations on campus, so there’s bound to be a club that’s right for you.

One of my favorite features of this building is the large windows overlooking the sculpture garden, one of our campus’s hidden treasures.

The garden makes a great backdrop for the Savannah Art Gallery, which features rotating exhibitions of visiting artists and student work.

Connected to the Savannah Center is the Moraine Student Center, which is exactly what it sounds like, a hub for students. The RedHawk Café is here, so if you’re hungry, this is the place to be.

It’s also home of the IU Northwest police department, a full-service law enforcement agency.

Many people are surprised to hear that IU Northwest is consistently ranked as one of the safest colleges in the state and the nation. And that is thanks to IUPD-Northwest’s strong commitment to keeping us safe.

The following line will now be delivered by IUPD-NW Chief Davis:

Our team of trained police officers patrols campus 24/7, 365 days a year—on foot, and by bike and car.

That’s right Chief, so be sure to say hello when you see them out and about.

That last building to explore is the Arts & Sciences Building, the newest one on campus. It’s the home of the social science degree programs and the School of the Arts. It features a broadcast studio, a 500-seat, state of the art performance theater, as well as a smaller experimental theater, and an art gallery. And check out these cool studio spaces for our fine arts students. You won’t find these at most art schools.

We share part of the building with Ivy Tech Community College Lake County, which makes it super easy for Ivy Tech students to transfer to IU Northwest.

Before we wrap up our tour, there’s one more thing we want to show you. Tucked behind our main parking lot, is the Little Calumet River Prairie & Wetlands Nature Preserve. Believe it or not, because of the destruction of tallgrass prairies, our preserve is one of the rarest, most-endangered ecosystems in the world. And it was lovingly restored—and continues to be maintained by—faculty and students at IU Northwest.

Beyond the buildings and cool facilities, what truly makes our campus so special are the people. All of the professors are committed to our success and because of the small class sizes, students get a lot of individual instruction attention.

And to top it all off, IU Northwest is an affordable way to earn a world-class IU degree close to home.

In fact, our campus was recently named the most affordable four-year college in Indiana.

We also offer discounted out-of-state tuition to IL residents—which means it sometimes costs less to go to IU Northwest than it does to go to a state school in Illinois! (nods head) Yes, really!

We hope you enjoyed your tour today and that you learned something new.

To learn even more, contact the Office of Admissions and they’d be happy to help.

Thanks for watching! We hope to see you on campus soon!


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