Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions

Future Freshman

Admissions Standards

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.

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Checklist for Admissions

1. Apply for admission

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

Application fee waivers are only available for current high school seniors who are 21st Century Scholars, are on free and reduced lunch or who have received an SAT/ACT waiver.  Documentation for the fee waiver must be provided before the application is processed.  Fee waivers can be e-mailed to or mailed to the address below.

2. Request transcripts from high school or parchment

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

To send transcripts via mail please send to:

IU Northwest Office of Admissions
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408

3. Dual Credit

If you completed dual credit classes while in high school, we will need an official transcript from the dual credit partner college/university.  Once the class is completed and grades are posted please have the official transcript sent electronically to or to the address listed above. If the class is through IU there is no need to send transcripts.

4. Test Credit

We accept the following test credits.  Please send us your test results sheet with the scores listed via e-mail or to the mailing address above.

5. Send your SAT or ACT scores

Often times SAT or ACT scores are listed on your official high school transcripts.  If your school does not list your scores on your transcript please have your scores sent.  Scores can be sent via for SAT or for ACT.  (If you graduated from high school more than one year ago, these scores are not required.)