Parents and Guardians Admissions Guide

Welcome parents and guardians!

At PNW, our students are at the center of everything we do. Small class sizes let your student really get to know their professors while hands-on learning opportunities help them graduate career ready.

Choosing a college is an important decision, and we know families play a crucial role in everything from the application process to move-in day. Find resources below to help your student make the right choice for their future!

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How to Apply


Our detailed guide takes you through our application process for first year and re-entering students.

Learn How to Apply

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Receive PNW Family Communications

Sign up for our parent/guardians communications tool to receive news alerts specific to you and your student. You determine how often you hear from us! This is the best way to stay up to date with information for PNW families.

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The Big Picture

PNW is all about high quality education at a cost-effective price.

In-State Tuition


1 Year Full-Time Undergraduate

Out-of-State Tuition*


1 Year Full-Time Undergraduate

*Figures based on full-time (12 to 18 credit hours) enrollment for fall 2023 and spring 2024.

Explore Tuition and Costs

Paying for College

A high-quality yet affordable education that prepares you for the real world is within reach. Scholarships, grants, federal loans and work study are available to help qualifying applicants pay for college.

Learn About Financial Aid

Discover PNW Scholarships

See For Yourself!

The best way to see what life is like at Purdue University Northwest is to visit campus. Find the opportunity that’s right for you!


The Career Center helped me choose my majors and helped me with interviews and networking. I received multiple interviews and/or offers for internships, including two "Big 4" public accounting firms.
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Christina Maldonado

Parent, Community, and Early Education Liaison

(219) 989-2708

Contact Us

Undergraduate Admissions

(219) 989-2213

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PNW en Español

Obtenga información importante sobre Purdue University Northwest, incluyendo los programas académicos y la vida estudiantil.

PNW en Español

Already Admitted?

See next steps, from accepting your offer to getting ready for the first day of class!

See the Admitted Student Guide

PNW Graduates in Action

Purdue Northwest offers a pathway to success. Our graduates land with some of the top employers in the nation.

Diverse Industries

PNW graduates find careers in thriving industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and education.

Local Roots

Top local employers of PNW graduates include La Porte Hospital, Michigan City Area Schools and Parkview Health.

National Prestige

PNW alumni hold positions in some of the world’s most renowned companies including Microsoft, Amazon and Marriott.

Explore the Pride

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Explore Degrees

Our community of learning has everything your student needs to thrive. From accounting to physics, explore PNW’s 70+ areas of study.

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Campus Safety

The Purdue University Northwest Police Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide security for our campuses.

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Students are less than a mile from their classes in the apartment-style housing on PNW’s Hammond campus.

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We’re Here to Help

Explore resources, information and tools designed to help your students have the best possible experience at Purdue University Northwest.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Sep 26

PNW Application Fee Waiver

Now is the perfect time to apply to Purdue University Northwest, as the $25 application fee for undergraduates will be waived from September 1 to September 30! Take the next step to success—apply to PNW today.

Oct 14

Fall 2023 Preview PNW – Hammond Campus

Save the date for the Fall 2023 Hammond Campus Preview PNW! Preview PNW is a great way to get a closer look at Purdue University Northwest.