IU Northwest Overview
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Admission to the BSW program is a multi-step process. Each step must be completed before moving on to next the step.
Application Deadline Date(s)
- Fall Applications Due: Monday after Thanksgiving
- Spring Application Due Date: Monday after Spring Break
Step 1: Read the Requirements & Policies
Enrollment in the BSW program requires formal admission to the IU School of Social Work. The following are the minimum requirements for consideration for admission to the program:
- Regular admission to the university.
- Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours. Although we encourage early application, advanced students may also apply.
- Satisfactory completion (grade of C or higher) of the required course SWK-S 141 Introduction to Social Work.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Evidence of characteristics or potential required of competent social work practitioners as defined in the mission statement of the School. Such evidence may be derived from application materials, letters of reference, pertinent work or volunteer experience, and performance in SWK-S 141 Introduction to Social Work.
Step 2: Apply to IU Northwest
Step 3: Complete Documentation & Select References
All of the following documents and information are needed to upload into the IU School of Social Work BSW Program application
The acceptable formats are PDF, RTF, DOCX and DOC for all of the following.
If GPA is lower than 2.5 you are required to submit a petition.
Request Official Transcript(s)
Be prepared to upload official transcript(s) from EACH COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY EVER ATTENDED INCLUDING ALL CURRENT TRANSCRIPTS.
Please note: Most often colleges/universities will furnish you, upon request, a transcript with the stamp “Issued to Student”. Such a transcript is acceptable to us. This copy can be scanned and uploaded. Application files will not be reviewed without these transcripts.
If transcript is from a clearing house please print document and scan document as a different file before uploading. Be aware when ordering transcripts from clearing houses that they expire after 30 days and are then locked.
Mark out the social security number and birth date before uploading the documents into the application.
Select Three Professional References
Identify three professional references who are willing to complete an electronic web form. An email will be sent to each referee upon final submission of your online application with a link to complete a reference for you. Make sure you have your reference’s proper email address. The referee will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation or directly insert text into the electronic form.
Here is an example of the email that is sent to the referee.
Here is an example of the form the referee is to complete.
Step 4: Complete the IU School of Social Work Application
You must have Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 completed before you start this application.
In the event that you discover you need to retrieve additional information or materials, you will be given the opportunity to save your progress and continue later. In this case, a special link will be emailed to you which allows you to continue the application where you left off.
Please make sure to submit your application far enough in advance of the deadline so that your references will have time to complete their recommendations prior to the due date.
Make sure you have your University Identification Number and Username.
Step 5: Ensure Total Completion
After submitting the IU School of Social Work application you will be sent two emails. The first email will contain the entire application you submitted. The second email will give you information about the progress of your application, including whether or not your referees have completed their references. Your application will not be reviewed until all references are submitted. The following is an example of the application progress email you will receive:
Application Progress Email (Keep on file to track your progress)
Hello First-name Last-name,
Thank you, First-name, for submitting your Bachelor of Social Work application. Requests for references have been sent to the following persons:
- Reference #1 First-name Last-name - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reference #2 First-name Last-name - email@example.com
- Reference #3 First-name Last-name - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can monitor the progress of your application at your personal applicant portal: BSW Application Portal
Please note that your application will not be submitted for consideration until your references have been submitted.
If you have any questions, please contact the IU School of Social Work at Andrea Tamburro or (219) 980-7111.
BSW Application Portal website link
The "BSW Application Portal" hyperlink, in the above email example, will show the progress of your references.
You can go to the page as many times as needed to view the referee progress. It is up to you as a potential applicant to call or email the referee to complete the reference.
Step 6: Receive the Application Completion Notice
When all three references are complete the system will send you an email. The email will state the following:
Hi First-name Last-name,
Your application is COMPLETE and has been SUBMITTED!
Thank you for your application to the IU School of Social Work BSW Program. All references and supporting materials have been received with your formal application. At this time, no further changes can be made or accepted to your application.
If you feel there was an error or have any questions and or concerns, please email Andrea Tamburro or call us at (219) 980-7111.
IU School of Social Work
Step 7: Wait for the Admission Decision
Thank you for submitting your application to Indiana University School of Social Work. Your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee in the order it is received. Watch your email for receipt of your admission decision.