Kids College-IU Northwest

For a successful college experience and beyond

Kids College invites rising 6th-8th graders to jump-start their higher education journey. Designed for middle-school students preparing for the next big step in their academic and personal development, Kids College pre-college readiness program is a two-week program offering a unique blend of educational activities and community involvement.

June 10–21, 2024 (no classes on Juneteenth)
8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Raintree Hall
IU Northwest Campus
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408-1101

No longer accepting applications. Registration is at maximum capacity. In general, Kids College is open to all students on free or reduced lunch who will be entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. 

We are committed to fostering an environment where young people can thrive and prepare for a successful college experience. Our Kids College program is more than just a summer camp—it's a steppingstone to your child’s future.

If you want to be added to the waitlist, please call 219-980-7299.  

Course Descriptions and Daily Agenda

Kids College students "enroll" in classes featuring themes and disciplines developed by local faculty and staff in partnership with community members. This year's curriculum features a focus on water-themed projects with the goal of protecting and improving the local community.

  • Performing Arts—Use theatre, dance, and music to raise awareness about water quality in Gary.
  • Medical Sciences—Explore the risk to human health posed by water pollution.
  • Media & Communications—Interview city officials, environmental groups, and water safety officials for a podcast, radio, or Youtube show.
  • Engineering, Robotics, and Coding—Design and propose a way to make Gary’s water safe.
  • Visual Arts—Create art to raise awareness about water quality in Gary.

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Make a difference

We have a variety of opportunities for IUNW faculty, staff, and students to get involved in Kids College. Making a meaningful connection to IUNW relies upon building relationships, and Kids College is a great place for you to start! 

To enhance our Kids College teaching staff, we invite IUNW students and alumni who might be willing to share their experiences navigating the college-going process. Faculty and staff are encouraged to talk to students about how their teaching and research connects to the local community or how they discovered their passion for education.

Or, join the Kids College staff by becoming a program assistant or a guest lecturer!

Got Questions?

Have any questions about the Kids College college-readiness program? We're here to help!

For more information about the sessions or to register, send an email to the Kids College directors or call 219-980-7299.

Kids College is made possible through generous funding from the Lilly Endowment's Indiana Youth Programs on Campus Initiative.

As part of their experience, students will participate in a successful college access and readiness curriculum called Middle School Crew developed by Community & School Partnerships at IU, which focuses on preparing eligible students to complete the 21st Century Scholarship application as well as fulfill the program’s requirements in middle and high school.