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- Fall 08/20-12/16
- Spring 01/7-5/5
Tuition & Payments
PLAN B: OPEN
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.
Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals: $4,535
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Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
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How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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|Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (To become be Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2018 pending Higher Education Commission Approval) has high quality programs on a beautiful regional campus. Situated on a 600-acre setting along the St. Joseph River, IPFW serves 12,000+ students and offers more than 90 undergraduate degree options. Noted fields of study are: engineering, technology, liberal arts, music, organizational leadership, public and environmental affairs, and visual and performing arts. Small class sizes, highly accessible, award-winning professors, and nationally recognized speakers enhance IPFW's academic environment. The IPFW Mastodons compete in 13 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports, including the renowned men's volleyball program. Student housing offers single, double, triple, and quad apartment suites complete with kitchens, furnishings, and easy access to academic buildings. Free campus parking and athletic tickets are available for NSE students!
Don the Mastodon IPFW mascot
Campus Location - Set in the heart of Indiana’s beautiful northeastern woodlands, Fort Wayne is truly a perfect mix of “Hoosier Hospitality” and big city opportunities complemented by a low cost of living. Students coming to IPFW will experience several free local activities, such as visiting the nationally recognized local zoo, laser tag, a trampoline park, a fall corn maze, the Johnny Appleseed Festival, outdoor ice skating, theatre and athletic events, and more! All just 2+ hours from Indy, Detroit & Chicago!
Helpful Information - IPFW is Plan B open. We accept all eligible students. Upon acceptance into the IPFW NSE program, students will need to successfully complete the IPFW application process, including answering behavioral background questions, which may be found at http://new.ipfw.edu/offices/registrar/policies/background-screening.html
Education, dental, radiography, and nursing.Limitations
Enrollment in music classes requires an audition. Business courses at the 300-400 level are limited.Notable Academic Programs
- Engineering - In its recently (2016) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News and World Report deemed the engineering programs at IPFW to be among the best in the country at schools where doctorate not offered.
- Anthropology - Special collections and facilities include:
General Anthropology Lab
Bioanthropology Preparation Lab
Extensive cast collection that includes both fossil and modern hominids
Extensive research collection of Midwest lithics and ceramics.
Our program has also developed regional library resources for forensic anthropology and medical anthropology.
- Biology/Life Science - Biology has great facilities for its teaching and research programs, and its faculty represent many different fields within biology. They currently work on aquatic ecology, behavior, botany, conservation, ecotoxicology, evolutionary biology, genetics, herpetology, immunology, molecular biology, physiological ecology, stress physiology and virology.
Interested students can participate in research projects or in other forms of scholarly activity with individual faculty members.
- Psychology - Our students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research beyond the classroom. Some student-faculty collaborations have led to significant research findings that have been presented at regional and national conferences and published in professional journals. Students may also have the opportunity to be undergraduate teaching assistants with several of our faculty.
- Communication - The Interpersonal/Organizational area of concentration is designed to educate students to become better communicators in both personal and professional contexts. Students learn about conflict management, group interaction, leadership, gender communication and intercultural communication, as well as organizational practices and relational dynamics. The concentration prepares students to work in a variety of areas (depending on the minor chosen) including: government, not-for-profit, sales, law, public and social service, public relations, human resources, business communication, and industry communication.
With a concentration in Media and Culture, students will learn both the history and practices of media, meaning-making, and media industries from local to global levels. Students will develop understanding, insights, and practical skills necessary to an expanding and changing job market. This broad base integrates a variety of contexts including professional as well as advanced academic work. The minor that the students choose to pair with this concentration will be particularly important to help the student build specific skills in media analysis, media production, writing for mass media, public relations, new media, audience research, and other careers within the media industries.
The area is designed to provide students with theoretical, conceptual and practical skills that they will need as a consumer and practitioner of journalism, and to enable students to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens in a self-governing democracy. The area will prepare students with essential skills for today's digital media environment. Students will learn how to research, write, interview and produce news content, including written, audio and video components, for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet, including Web sites and social media.
A concentration in rhetoric will provide students with the tools to read, analyze, and criticize human discourse in relationship to persuasion. The pursuit of encouraging students to be more actively and critically engaged citizens is foundational to this emphasis. Grounded in argumentation and the symbolic dimensions of discourse, students within this concentration will learn both ancient and contemporary rhetorical theories. The ability to evaluate communication in its diverse formats prepares students (in combination with other majors and minors) for careers in law, higher education, social and political activism, speech writing, film making, and business.
Unique Academic Programs
- Music Therapy - The IPFW music therapy program is the only undergraduate music therapy degree program in a public university in Indiana. The clinical training portion of the degree program utilizes an on-site clinic as well as providing numerous opportunities for supervised work in health care facilities in and around Fort Wayne.
- Organizational Studies - OL stands for Organizational Leadership. OL prepares students for supervisory positions, for jobs in human resource management or human resource development, and for leadership positions at all levels within organizations. People working in a wide variety of jobs have sought the skills and knowledge taught in the OL curriculum.
How is it different from a business program?
The OL curriculum focuses on the human interactions occurring in all types of organizations, both profit and non-profit. The emphasis is on leadership, team development and facilitation, organizational behavior, and human resource management. In contrast, most business programs focus on concepts and skills related to commerce. Typically business programs feature a great deal of quantitative courses (e.g., finance, accounting, economics), whereas Organizational Leadership’s courses tend to concentrate on understanding and leading people.
- Theater Arts/Drama - If you’re wild about the theatre, our programs will immerse you in all aspects of your passion. We are nationally accredited with the opportunity to concentrate in specific areas of the profession from acting, musical theatre, directing and design technology.
At IPFW, students study and work one-on-one with dedicated and professionally active faculty. Unlike larger universities, at IPFW you’ll have opportunities to act, direct, and/or design in major productions during your entire time at IPFW.
- Hospitality Management - We offer career focused, industry driven, and student centered studies that prepare you for the world’s largest and fastest growing industry.
Our faculty bring their strong academic credentials and most important their industry experience to each class. Their teaching is current and lively encouraging you to engage and learn in preparation for a great career in a fast pace industry.
- Public Administration/Affairs - The Public Affairs program begins with a core of courses in public affairs and general education. The curriculum is based on a strong general education foundation of communication and writing, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Introductory courses in the four instructional areas of criminal justice, the environment, health services, and public affairs are included, as well as classes in public sector management, finance, and budgeting. Students then choose a major area of study from the following:
Health Services Administration
Special OptionsUndergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Honors Access: Yes
Art/Design/Fine Art: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography
Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science
Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Organizational Studies
Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry
Communications: Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Mass Communication, Multimedia
Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies
Engineering: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
English: English, Language and Literacy, Literature, Writing
Foreign Language: Spanish
General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Leadership Studies
Health and Safety Sciences: Health Services Administration
Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism Management
Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology
Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics
Military Sciences: Army ROTC
Music: Choral Music
Performing Arts: Acting, Choral Music, Design/Technical, Directing, Music, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theater, Music Therapy, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama
Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy
Political Science: Political Science
Sociology/Social Work: Human Services, Sociology, Womens Studies
Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders
Technology: Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Theater: Performance and Directing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
- According to class standing
- No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
- International students must submit official transcripts with certified English translations and exam results.
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
Non-Native English Speakers
- Full-year exchange Accepted
- Single term exchange Accepted
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
International Students (Visa Students)
- TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, N/A computer or 79 Internet
- IELTS: must have a score of 6
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
- Fees are subject to change without notice.
- Two semesters = one academic year
- Three quarters = one academic year
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
- No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
- Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
- See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Figures are current as of 5/19/2017.
Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $774 per semester.
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.
Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
- Figures are current as of 5/19/2017.
- Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
- Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
- Two semesters = one academic year
- Three quarters = one academic year
- Apartment: $2,846
- Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
- On campus living encouraged
Notes About Housing
- Appoximate monthly cost: $450
- Proximity to campus: Adjacent
- Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal plans are not provided.
Meal Plans Per Semester
Notes About Meal Plans
- Meal plans are not available.
Meal plans are not provided. $1689 per semester for meals is an estimate for financial aid purposes only.
All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.