About PNW

Talented and driven students come to PNW ready to learn and work hard. They thrive in our flexible, diverse, student-centered educational environment. They graduate ready to succeed in their communities, the region, and the world.

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Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We offer two campuses serving approximately 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

High-Quality Education for the Real World

PNW’s five colleges offer more than 70 areas of study for undergraduate and graduate students. We’re accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and 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.

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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.

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Regional Strength, Global Reach

Our community is 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 Hammond campus is only 30 miles from Chicago and our Westville campus is only 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. Our impact also extends well beyond the region. Students from 30 states and 47 countries currently attend PNW, taking what they learn here and applying it all around the world.

Purdue Northwest faculty and students are dedicated to Northwest Indiana and want to provide support to enrich the lives of those in our community. Universities are not islands, but rather great contributors to the overall well-being of their communities.

Thomas L. Keon, PNW Chancellor

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

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A lion statue on PNW's Westville campus

Getting to PNW

Visit Us

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


70+ Years of Pride

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 Thomas L. Keon


Guarding PNW’s Future

Meet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon and the university’s senior leadership team, and learn about PNW’s strategic plan.

A PNW Student Conducts Research

Innovation and Impact

Research and Resources

Faculty and students work closely together to take on challenges facing our community and facing the world.


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

See Accreditation Details