Indiana University Northwest, located in Gary, Indiana, is a sub-location of Indiana University Bloomington and a part of the Indiana University System. One of the unique advantages of IU Northwest is that it utilizes the resources of the IUS, giving it the support of a large university, while having the atmosphere of a small campus. A student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1 means that education at this university is more individualized and teachers have a better chance of interacting with their students one on one, which benefits the teacher AND the student.
Distance learning is offered through IU Northwest’s Division of Continuing Studies. Courses that are available on campus are now available online with the same quality that students can expect from a brick-and-mortar environment. The university makes uses of multimedia resources, and efficient student-teacher interaction platforms to make classes portable and flexible.
To start with students can split courses up any which way they see fit and use this in independent study. In this way, students can earn an Associate of Arts in General Studies that can be put toward a higher degree or used to transfer to a four year institution. Students can also earn a Bachelor of General Studies using the same method. Also available is a Certificate in General Studies.
These are just a few of the options available to distance learners. There is sea of opportunities available in other locations, as the Indiana University System has networked IU Northwest with other locations, such as IU South Bend, IU Bloomington, and IU Southeast. In that same fashion, Indiana University Northwest has linked resources with other campuses allowing students access to libraries, research, and other electronic aid.
In addition, Indiana University Southwest has many majors to choose from, including Anthropology, Mathematics, Psychology, History, Economics, Sociology, Communication, and Computer Information Systems. Faculty is mostly full time and 5 out of 6 teachers at the campus have the highest degree available in their field. Academic and career support is also available upon request and encouraged for each enrolling student.
Tuition and Fees vary depending on the status of residency of the student due to its backing in the Indiana University System. Indiana residents pay $4,962 per year full-time, and $165 per credit hour part-time. Students from outside the state pay $12,470 per year full-time, and $416 per credit hour part-time. Financial aid is made available through merit-based, need-based, federal, state, local, and external grants compiled and offered by the Financial Aid Office.
Not only does Indiana University Northwest feature the support that a large university offers, but a diverse student body, staff on hand whenever the student needs, and more than adequate resources are provided as well to make the student’s learning experience as complete as possible. IU Northwest is perfect for distance learners that need to take courses applicable towards their degree or that need to engage in independent study.