Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest: A Premier Metropolitan University
Diverse, hard-working, and innovative, PNW is where academic excellence meets real-world experience. Sitting between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores, we bring together students from next door and those from halfway across the world to learn, grow, and excel.
Your PNW experience will go beyond the classroom as you build hands-on skills and create connections with professors who care. Move toward your dreams. Power Onward with PNW.
• Approximately 8,900 students
• 70+ areas of study
• 96% full-time freshman students
• 15:1 student-faculty ratio
• 80+ student organizations
• 17 NCAA Division II athletic teams
• 40+ intramural activities
• 30 miles to Chicago (from Hammond campus)
• 15 miles to Indiana Dunes (from Westville campus)
Get ready to excel
PNW has everything you need to succeed, balancing a small-school feel with the resources of a premier metropolitan university. Wherever your future takes you, PNW’s reputation for academic excellence and supportive faculty will push you to succeed.
Find your right fit
From Spanish Club to the Society of Automotive Engineers, there are more than 80 organizations for every passion and interest at PNW. You can join a professional society, volunteer in the community, or even learn to play a new sport!
Living on campus
Our Hammond campus offers apartment-style housing with private bedrooms for you and your 750 new best friends. You can walk everywhere—you’ll be steps from our fitness center and less than a mile from every building on campus.
Scholarships and aid
A PNW degree is an excellent value, but paying for college is a major investment. PNW’s generous donors fund specialty scholarships for all kinds of students, majors, colleges, and career paths. Plus, all freshmen and new transfer students are automatically considered for academic scholarships as part of the admissions process. Visit pnw.edu/financial-aid for the latest cost details and to find the scholarship that’s right for you!
Recognized as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education | National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security
Undergraduate business program among the top of those accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) | U.S. News and World Report
Ranked #42 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs | U.S. News and World Report
#43 in Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
PNW is committed to real-world experience and hands-on learning, and nowhere is that more evident than our newest building, the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building. Located at the heart of our Hammond campus, this $41 million state-of-the-art facility has teaching classrooms for our nursing and biology students, including entire sections designed to look just like physicians’ offices or acute care facilities.
The Nelson Building reflects PNW’s commitment to teaching our students skills that they can carry directly into their careers.
“All the faculty members I’ve worked with truly are working for you. They want you to be able to do what you want to do.”
“You can just walk into a club on any day and you’ll feel like you belong, even if you’ve never met those people before.”
“I was able to build relationships with [professors]. They were very supportive and I don’t feel I would have found this anywhere else.”
"It’s nice to be in a more intimate, smaller setting. It makes me feel like I’m actually a student, not a number."