New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation (NSO) at Purdue Northwest has everything you need to begin your PNW journey. Our goal is to create an environment that makes new students and their supporters feel welcome and confident as they join the PNW community.
After accepting your offer of admission, new students are enrolled in the New Student Orientation course in Brightspace. Students are asked to complete this course at 100% in order to succeed at PNW.
Students will also be invited to attend an on-campus event designed for their admitted college or Exploratory Advising. Led by the PNW Pathfinders, these events are opportunities to meet classmates, engage with PNW staff and faculty, access campus resources, understand college expectations all while getting to know PNW.
While attending on-campus NSO, students will receive their PNW student ID, PNW gear, a PNW BOUND yard sign and meet new friends in their classes.
See our cheat sheet for all the new words you may be hearing around campus.
During orientation, you will receive your Purdue Northwest (PNW) photo identification card.
PNW’s digital tools can help you stay on top of your classwork, stay connected with professors, and manage activities from scheduling exams to paying your bills.
From scholarships to loans, PNW’s Office of Financial Aid has resources to help.
Take a tour of the apartment-style living available on PNW Hammond campus.
Both PNW campuses have state-of-the-art fitness and recreation centers.
From coffee to cheeseburgers, PNW dining has you covered! Explore your meal options.
That’s our chant—shout it loud and proud while supporting PNW Athletics.
New Student Orientation FAQs
You can get your books—as well as school supplies, PNW apparel and more—at the bookstores on our Hammond campus.
No, your parking fee is included in your tuition bill. No decals or stickers are required.
Your advisor will make the final decision regarding the ALEKS placement test. We recommend contacting your advisor after you register for New Student Orientation!
Go to pnw.edu/alerts! You’ll see the latest updates on campus closures as well as the ability to sign up for our “Alert Me!” text-messaging service.
Contact the office of the Dean of Students. You can reach them at 219-989-4141, 219-785-5230 or email@example.com.
Yes, you can pay your balance by credit card, but there’s a fee of 2.85%. Electronic check payment requires no fee.
Official transcripts need to be submitted for any student that has attended another college or taken dual credit in high school. All dual credit from PNW is already included on your transcript.