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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 60+ 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.

A Hispanic-Serving Institution, PNW has an impact that 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.

PNW Lion Statue

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

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Purdue University Northwest Nursing faculty member earns Fulbright award

PNW associate professor of Nursing Janet H. Davis received a U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholar award to develop and strengthen Nursing leadership and teaching in Sri Lanka during the 2024-25 academic year.

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Registration opens for 2024-25 Leadership Northwest Indiana program

The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest (PNW) has opened applications for the 2024-2025 Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) program.

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Ten highlights from the 2023-24 academic year

PNW’s 2023-24 academic year was marked by historic opportunities in academics and community impact, major designations reflecting university strategic initiatives, new feats for Pride Athletics, engaging and empowering student life events and much more.

PNW Event Highlights

Jun 24

Second 6 Week Module Begins

The second 6 week module of summer classes ends Monday, June 24.

Jun 26

PNW Pride Fest

Celebrate Pride with PNW!

Jun 30

First-Gen Ice Cream Contest – Submission Deadline

Staff, faculty and students are able to submit their proposals for the first-gen student at PNW ice cream contest.

Jul 01

Deadline to Submit Summer 2024 Residency Application

Residency Applications for Summer 2024 are due by 4:30 pm on Monday, July 1. For more information, visit the Residency web page.