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About PNW

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana that is dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community.

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Why PNW?

With PNW’s 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you will get to know and connect with professors and mentors. Our 80+ student organizations, 17 NCAA Division II athletic teams and 40+ intramural activities provide you with a large selection of ways to get involved or have fun on campus!

From academics to extracurriculars, PNW helps you build skills to launch your career and make friends that will last a lifetime.

Find Your Right Fit

A map of the Midwestern United States, with the Chicago region and northwestern Indiana highlighted. PNW's campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana are prominent along Interstates 90/94. The top left corner reads "Regional Strength, Global Reach".

Our two campuses serve approximately 8,900 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth and celebrate diversity.

Our Hammond campus is only 30 miles from Chicago and our Westville branch campus is only 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. Our two campuses foster a community full of contrasts: urban and rural, industrial and natural, well-established history and forward-thinking innovation. Our determined students — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college — make the most of this rich range of resources.

Our impact also extends well beyond the region. Students from 30 states and 50 countries currently attend PNW, taking what they learn here and applying it all around the world.

Read About Our Diverse Metropolitan University

PNW's Undergraduates

– 96% Full-Time Freshman

– Over 56% First Gen

– 25.8% Hispanic or Latino

– Nearly 11% Black or African American

– Nearly 4% Multiracial

– Nearly 3% Asian

Our faculty and staff are focused on excellence in teaching, passionate about helping students succeed and dedicated to serving the communities in our metropolitan region.

PNW Chancellor Chris Holford

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High-Quality Education for the Real World

PNW offers more than 70 areas of study for undergraduate and graduate students. We’re consistently recognized among the best regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Our emphasis on research and applied learning opportunities means our students graduate ready for the next phase of their lives.


Purdue University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Power Onward at PNW

Purdue University Northwest is continually changing lives with its focus on students, research and community. 

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PNW Named Among 2024 Best Midwest Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Purdue University Northwest earned recognitions for several undergraduate programs and social mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 annual Best Colleges rankings.

Read The Story

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Our Mission

Purdue University Northwest transforms students’ lives and our metropolitan region through a diverse campus committed to innovative education, applied research, and community engagement.

See the Full Strategic Plan

Learn More About Us

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Getting to Purdue Northwest


Scenic settings just minutes from the highway, PNW’s two campuses in Hammond and Westville are easily accessible.

The first students walk into the Education Building (now Schwarz Hall), 1967



We’ve only been the PNW Pride since 2016, but our students have been making us proud since both campuses opened in the 1940s.

PNW Chancellor Holford



Meet Chancellor Chris Holford and the university’s senior leadership team, and learn about PNW’s strategic plan.

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PNW Economic Impact

Purdue University Northwest helps power our region. Our impact includes $745.9 million of total income: 2 percent of gross regional product.

PNW News Highlights

Gisele Casanova (left) and Alysa Christmas Rollock (right)

PNW psychology professor receives 2024 MLK Dreamer Award

Gisele Casanova, PNW psychology professor, receives 2024 MLK Dreamer Award as one of four individuals within the Purdue system.

Five people stand together. From left ot right: Alyssa Gargano, Jay Chen, Grace Yang, Julian Silva, and Quin Owens.

STARS Computing Corps membership increases representation in computing disciplines

PNW STARS Computing Corps students have taken part in sponsored trips to the Tapia Conference, a premier gathering for students in computing disciplines and industry leaders.

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Vote for PNW in The Times Best of the Region

The Times of Northwest Indiana has opened the polls to vote in the 2024 Best of the Region contest. Please take the time to vote for PNW!

PNW Event Highlights

Feb 28

Black History Month

Join us as PNW celebrates Black History Month! From our kickoff celebration to Black Jeopardy, we’ll have fun while recognizing the essential impact of Black history, accomplishments and culture.

Feb 28

Ran’D Shine the Magician

Step into a mesmerizing realm where history, culture, and the enchanting world of magic converge in a spellbinding celebration of Black History Month.

Feb 29

Insomnia: First Year Pride

Insomnia is a lock-in event at PNW open to first-year students. Stay up all night with us while we play games, watch movies, make crafts and more!

Mar 01

PNW Founders Day 2024

Faculty and staff of Purdue Northwest are invited to join the celebration as we honor this year’s award recipients and congratulate colleagues for their dedicated years of service!