Admitted Students

Welcome to Purdue University Northwest! We’re committed to helping you thrive with small classes, personal interaction and hands-on learning.

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Have questions? Every one of PNW’s admissions counselors has been in your shoes and is happy to help you navigate the next steps in PNW’s admissions process.

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What better way to see what life is like at PNW than to explore our campuses and see for yourself! Log into your PNW application portal and learn about the live webinars offered by the Office of Admissions.

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Important Dates

  • October 1: 2021-2022 FAFSA Opens
  • Late December: Merit Scholarship Decisions Released to Recipients
  • February 1: Deadline to Apply for Internal PNW Scholarships
  • February 23: Summer 2021 Registration Begins
  • March 10: Online New Student Orientation (NSO) Available for Summer/Fall 2021 Students
  • Mid-May: Fall 2021 Registration Begins
  • May 17:  Summer 2021 (Session I) Classes Begin
  • June 14: Summer 2021 (Session II) Classes Begin
  • July 12: Summer 2021 (Session III) Classes Begin

New Student Checklist

Your PNW application portal will allow you to view your admission decision letter, accept your offer of admission, view your student profile and learn more about New Student Orientation.

Throughout your time as a student, you will use your Career Account, also known as your myPNW student portal, to grant you access to your financial aid notification, online bill status, class information and much more. Your personal login information is located in your admission letter and PNW application portal.

Please wait 48 hours after accepting your offer of admission to set up your student account and BoilerKey.

The first step in setting up your myPNW student portal is to create your password. You’ll need to enter your 10-digital Purdue ID (located in the PNW application portal). If you have a nine-digit PUID, please enter 0 for the first digit.

Once your password is created, you’ll need to set up your BoilerKey. The BoilerKey is a two-factor authentication system that significantly improves the security of protected computer systems and accounts by requiring two forms of verification before access is granted. Learn more about how to set up your Boilerkey here.

Once you’ve set up your account, you’ll be able to access your official PNW student email. Plan to check for messages frequently. In addition, make the myPNW student portal login link a favorite on your computer or smart phone for easy login access. For more information on smartphone email set-up instructions and frequently asked questions, check out the Information Services frequently asked questions resource.

Log into your PNW application portal to view your electronic admissions letter following the steps below. Completing this important step will allow you access to register for admitted student webinars and events.

  • Log into your PNW application portal here.
  • Enter the email and password you created when you began your application
  • Click on the “term” you applied for.
  • Find “Status Update,” located on the right-hand side
  • Click on “Click to view your decision letter…”

Making a connection with PNW on social media is a great way to stay involved with campus announcements and events, but more importantly, it’s an awesome way to build relationships with others before you get to campus.

Keeping an active phone number and personal email that you check often on file allows the Office of Admissions to communicate with your regularly regarding important announcement and notifications regarding your upcoming class start.  We will be communicating with you through various emails and text messages to keep your enrollment on track.

To make changes to your contact information, contact the Office of Admissions at (219) 989-2213 (phone), (219) 301-9122 (text), or

We encourage all PNW families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA takes into account many factors and by completing the FASFA, you’ll get the opportunity to explore all federal aid that may be available to you. When completing your FAFSA, be sure to list our school code: 001827

Completing your FAFSA early also allows you to receive an estimated award letter, notifying you of how much financial aid you may receive.

More information on completing the FAFSA and helpful videos are available to view on the Financial Aid website.

Living in University Village housing is not required, but if you are planning on living on campus, you’ll need to complete your housing application. PNW Housing is located on the Hammond campus and offers three different contracts (Annual, Academic, and Summer). The housing application is located in your myPNW student portal, so have your BoilerKey ready!


Students living in Housing have a few options regarding payment. You may:

  • Inquire with the Office of Financial Aid by calling their office at 219-989-2301
  • Make online payments by logging into your myPNW student portal as long as the money is posted to your account
  • Set up a monthly payment along with your tuition and fees using the online payment plan. Inquire at the Bursar’s Office by visiting Lawshe Hall (Hammond campus), or call (219) 989-2560

If selected to live in Housing, a $200.00 Housing Deposit must be on file in order to be considered for a space in University Village. This serves only as a deposit for any possible damages while in residence. The Housing Deposit does not guarantee an assignment in University Village.


Assignments staff from the Department of Housing and Residential Education will be in contact with the student who have applied to live in University Village via their PNW student email. Assignments staff assesses the eligibility of each resident on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To be considered for an assignment, the prospective resident must have all materials submitted and a space must be available for assignment. If the prospective resident is eligible for assignment, our Housing Operations Coordinator will contact the prospective resident with a completion notice. The student’s assignment information will be send via the students PNW student email at least two weeks before move in day.

The ALEKS math placement exam may be a requirement for some students to complete prior to scheduling your first semester classes. Your results are for math placement purposes only and will be shared with you by your academic advisor when discussing classes.

You will be required to take the math placement exam if your:

  • SAT Math score is below 490 or your ACT Math score is below 18 (or is older than three years)

You will NOT need to take the math placement exam if your:

  • SAT Math score is at least 490 or ACT Math score of at least 18 (within the last three years)

Once registered, you may also take the math placement exam to try to place into a different math course, if you do not agree with your math placement based on your SAT/ACT math scores.

If you are required to take the ALEKS Math placement exam can be completed online using the ALEKS link under the “Newly Admitted” tab in the myPNW student portal. Cost for the math placement exam is $25, and the subscription includes three attempts at the test as well as learning modules.

New Student Orientation (NSO) is your entryway to officially becoming a PNW student. NSO is divided into two parts:

  • Online – Located in your myPNW student portal, Online Orientation is a serious of short online video tutorials that will help familiarize yourself with PNW. Online orientation is housed in Brightspace. Brightspace is learning management system within your myPNW student portal. You will need to be completed prior to on campus orientation, but it will be available to you throughout your first semester.
  • On Campus – While on campus, you’ll meet other incoming students, meet with your academic advisor to schedule your first semester of classes, and get your official PNW student ID. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about what to expect during your first of classes.

New Student Orientation dates will be released for fall and summer students in March 2021. Students will be notified via email and text with instructions on how to reserve their NSO date.

All incoming students will need to submit a photo for their PNW Student ID. To submit your photo, send it as an attachment to

Only photos following the requirements will be accepted. You will not be able to change your photo once it has been uploaded and accepted. The NSO office will ONLY reach out to you if your photo is NOT approved after it has been submitted.

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You will need to submit a final, official high school transcript electronically prior to your class start. Official, electronic transcripts may be sent to or mailed by your high school to the Office of Admission. Your transcript must include your graduation date.

Purdue University Northwest : 2200 169th Street (Office of Admissions), Hammond, Indiana 46323

If you have taken a dual credit course(s), you’ll need to request an official transcript be sent to PNW from the college that offered the dual credit course(s). If you are taking AP exams, you’ll need to request your scores be sent to PNW.

An electronic billing statement will be generated to your myPNW student email upon registration of classes through the Bursar’s Office. The Bursar’s Office assists you with questions regarding tuition, fees, refunds, payment plans and other account-related matters. Click here for information about the billing process, payment plans and more account services.

If you are using financial aid and have filled out the FAFSA, your out-of-pocket cost has been calculated by the Office of Financial Aid and is reflected in your Financial Aid Award Notification. If you need assistance to cover your left over educational expenses, contact the Office of Financial Aid and they can assist you in finding other financing options that may be available.

As a financial aid recipient, a student must report all outside scholarships from sources other than federal, state, University programs by sending your scholarship letter to the Office of Financial Aid. Your outside scholarship letter must be received prior to the beginning of the semester.

PNW does offer a variety of different internal scholarships that can be used to help pay for your educational expenses.

View the entire list of PNW scholarships

Textbooks may be ordered or rented through the PNW Online Bookstore. It is the personal preference of the student to choose which option is best for them.

You can rent many of the textbooks you need for the semester, then return them at the end of the term through the PNW Online Bookstore.  At any point if you decide you want to buy the book or rent it longer, no worry – these options are available for most books. Check out “Textbook Rental 101,” a short video on how to rent books.

Learn more about buying your textbooks new

Wondering what to pack? Check out our Housing FAQ here.

Admissions Resources

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Financial Aid

Learn more about scholarships and resources to help pay for college.

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Tour the apartment-style living available on the Hammond campus.

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Student Life

With over 100 student organizations, PNW students have plenty of ways to get involved.

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Counseling Center

PNW’s Counseling Center provides free and confidential mental health services to currently enrolled students.

Dean of Students

PNW’s Dean of Students Office connects students with resources and opportunities to enhance the campus community.

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Disability Access Center

The Disability Access Center empowers college-ready students with documented disabilities to participate fully in PNW by providing equal access and opportunity.

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First Generation College Students

TRIO Student Support Services serves first-generation college students at Purdue Northwest.

Student Academic Support

All PNW students have access to academic support services, including tutoring, at no additional charge.

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