First Year Advising

The PNW First Year Advising team is thrilled to have you here! We understand that starting something new can be exciting but also overwhelming and confusing.

We are here to teach you essential skills and help you have a positive, worthwhile college experience.

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Just Getting Started?

Please complete the Pre-Advising Form so you can schedule an appointment. The more information you provide, the better prepared your advisor can be to recommend the right classes for you.


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Come and See Us!

Connect regularly with your first year advisor because they want to help you succeed. Visit us in GYTE 102 (Hammond) or TECH 157 (Westville).


See a Listing of First Year Advisors

Steps to First Year Success!

A PNW student in sunglasses stands in front of a buildingWhatever your path may be, we’re excited to support you as you begin your journey at PNW. Below are a few tips to help you get off to a smooth start—and make the most of your time as part of the Pride!

1. Build Community

You are not alone! Download and use the myPNWlife app to discover campus organizations and events; talk to classmates; go to drop-in advising; and attend office hours.

2. Get the Help You Need

PNW offers free student resources  you are expected to use —academic, personal and professional—to help you along your journey.

3. Advocate for Yourself

Your circumstances and needs may change for a lot of reasons…and not always ones you
can control! Ask for help and keep your advisor updated.

4. Check Your PNW Email Daily

Every campus member communicates via PNW email, and the same is expected of you!

5. Power Onward

Do not be discouraged by setbacks or when things do not go your way. Rise to the challenge: success is in your control!

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Contact First Year Advising

Hammond Campus

2200 169th Street
Gyte 102
Hammond, IN 46323

(219) 989-2339

Westville Campus

1401 S. US Highway 421
Technology Building (TECH) 157
Westville, IN 46391

(219) 785-5628

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Are You a New Transfer Student?

You will be assigned an advisor in University College or the college of your admitted major.

Make an Appointment

See Advisor Listing