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Colleges in Northwest Indiana Overview

There are roughly 20 schools within Northwest Indiana. See what some of these schools have to offer to make the best decision possible for your education.

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There are 23 colleges and universities within the northwest Indiana region. Learn about student population, location, net price, and graduation rate for several of the schools in the area to get a complete picture of your options, with information from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Northwest Indiana Schools Near Large Cities

Attending school in or near a large city can be appealing for many reasons, but you will not find that opportunity in northwest Indiana. Instead, all available schools in cities are what the NCES classifies as small. There are a few options in this regard, such as:

  • Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest (Gary)
  • Indiana University - Northwest (Gary)
  • Brown Mackie College - Michigan City (Michigan City)

Largest Schools in Northwest Indiana

Attending school with a large number of other students has its advantage, especially in the form of the more diverse number of services and activities for students on campus. For the northwest Indiana area, most schools are fairly small or midsized. According to the NCES, these are the five largest schools based on 2015 enrollment data.

  • Purdue University - Calumet Campus (9,301)
  • Purdue University - North Central Campus (6,158)
  • Indiana University - Northwest (5,848)
  • Valparaiso University (4,524)
  • Calumet College of Saint Joseph (1,100)

Lowest Net Price

The net price of a university will determine how much students owe for attending school. The NCES determines net price by taking the total cost of attendance and subtracting government and institutional financial aid. According to the NCES, these are the lowest net prices for full-time undergraduates who attended school during the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Indiana University - Northwest ($6,992)
  • Purdue University - North Central Campus ($7,460)
  • Purdue University - Calumet Campus ($10,445)
  • Calumet College of Saint Joseph ($11,218)
  • Ancilla College ($15,058)

Highest Graduation Rate

One way to determine a school's success rate is by identifying its overall graduation rate. The NCES determines this by looking at the percentage of students who graduate in 150% of normal time, a timeframe that allows 6 years for a bachelor's degree. The following schools have the region's highest graduation rates for undergraduate students who began attending in 2009.

  • Valparaiso University (67%)
  • Saint Josephs College (54%)
  • Brown Mackie College - Merrillville (38%)
  • Brown Mackie College - Michigan City (34%)
  • Purdue University - Calumet Campus (32%)

Remember to consider net price, graduation rate, student population, and nearness to cities while researching colleges to attend in northwest Indiana.

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