Have an amazing college experience without missing a beat.
Earn an impressive degree while having an unforgettable college experience. IU Northwest is successfully navigating the pandemic, with safety resources and practices in place. What that means for you—the ability to live the college life you dreamed, with the comfort of knowing you’re safe.
We’re gearing up for a great year, and looking forward to seeing you! So, mask up, get vaccinated when you can, and let’s get in the game together.
Fall 2021: Frequently Asked Questions
What will the fall semester look like?
We all want to see a more typical fall semester this year and we're hopeful that will be the case. It likely won't look like fall 2019, but we are optimistic it will be more typical than fall 2020.
We hope to have more in-person classes, maybe more in-person outdoor events. Masks will probably still be a part of our lives.
We know the importance and desire for that traditional college experience and we're doing what we can to provide that as well as provide a safe environment for all of our students, faculty and staff.
What kind of health and safety precautions will still be in place?
Many of this will depend on where we are with vaccine distribution and the state of the pandemic as we get closer to August.
We're hopeful many in the IU Northwest community will be fully vaccinated by then and that the risk of spreading the virus will be much lower than it is today.
The goal is to get back to a more typical fall semester as much as possible while keeping in mind our community's safety. Some in-person classes may still have lower capacity limits and masks will likely still be a part of our lives.
Will I get to have classes in person?
IU Northwest will continue to offer as many in-person classes to as many students as is feasible given the current state of the pandemic.
This year, we've been able to convert many spaces around campus into classroom spaces that accommodate physical distancing to allow for additional in-person classes.
We're hopeful that by fall 2021, we'll be able to add more in-person class options for all students.
Will there be events on campus in the fall?
We understand many of our students want that traditional college experience -- in-person classes, seeing their friends on and around campus, going to athletic and other events, and simply being part of the IU Northwest community.
While we've been able to offer a variety of in-person and virtual events this year, we're hopeful for more in-person, outdoor events in the year to come.
Much of what we're able to offer will be dependent on the state of the pandemic at the time and is obviously hard to predict at this point.
Will IU Northwest require the COVID-19 vaccine?
Right now, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required. As more vaccine is available and more populations are eligible to receive the vaccine, that guidance could change.
We're encouraging everyone, however, to get the vaccine when they become eligible.
The more people in the IU Northwest community who are fully vaccinated, the better our chances are of having a more typical fall 2021 semester.
What resources are available to students for academic success as well as health and wellness?
IU Northwest is committed to the success of all of our students both inside the classroom and outside. Students always have access to the faculty members teaching their courses, academic advisors, student affairs professionals and others.
We're also keenly aware of the toll the pandemic is taking on our students' mental health. Our on-campus student health and counseling centers have a number of mental health resources including counseling.