Indiana University

When you become a student at Indiana University, you join an academic community internationally known for the excellence and diversity of its programs. With well over 1,000 degree programs, the university attracts students from all 50 states and around the world.

Indiana University was founded at Bloomington in 1820 and is one of the oldest and largest institutions of higher education in the Midwest. It serves close to 100,000 students on eight campuses. The residential campus at Bloomington and the urban center at Indianapolis form the core of the university. Campuses in Gary, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond, and South Bend join Bloomington and Indianapolis in bringing an education of high quality within reach of all of Indiana’s citizens.


The IU Northwest resident faculty numbers 137. They are assisted in their teaching responsibilities by associate faculty drawn from neighboring academic institutions, area businesses, local government, and not-for-profit agencies.

All resident faculty at IU Northwest have academic appointments from Indiana University. Their conditions of employment, rank, salary, fringe benefits, teaching and research expectations, and promotion are the same as their colleagues in respective departments at all Indiana University campuses.

The faculty of IU Northwest has its own faculty governance body, based upon a constitution written from principles embodied in the Indiana University Academic Handbook. Committees established by this faculty organization guide the conduct of the academic program at IU Northwest in a tradition that encourages individual faculty members to recommend policy in all areas affecting their interests and those of their students.


The student body at IU Northwest numbers more than 3400 persons working toward certificates and associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Of that number, close to 400 are enrolled in graduate studies.

The rich economic, cultural, and racial diversity of the northwest region of the state of Indiana is found on the campus. About 70 percent of the students reside in Lake County; 16 percent reside in Porter County; and 5 percent reside in Jasper, Newton, LaPorte, and Starke Counties. Students, therefore, come with family backgrounds in steel and related industries, government agencies, service industries, the professions, and farming. With respect to the rich cultural and racial composition of the region, approximately 49 percent of the students are Caucasian, 17 percent are African American, 27 percent are Latino, and 7 percent are other groups. We have been designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) since 2020. About 74% of our first year students and 87% of our seniors work full or part time while pursuing their education at the university. About 32 percent of the students enrolled at the campus are 25 years of age or older.

Alumni Engagement

The Alumni Engagement Office was established on the IU Northwest campus in 1967 when the IU Alumni Association staffed the local office with a field representative. There is now a full-time Alumni Engagement Director to serve the alumni and students of Indiana University.

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