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Our scholars and professionals will help you develop skills to excel in life, the community and around the world.

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PNW has created networking opportunities and professional relationships that I am grateful for, with mentors that are wonderful role models.

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I fell in love with the people in the department and the subject in general. PNW has become a second home for me.

I have been able to apply what I learned in my classes to my internships. During my time in the program, I've gotten career experience outside of school, working with the Art Institute of Chicago, CareerBuilder and Albanese Confectionery. I already feel prepared for graduating with my Human Resources Management degree in May 2020.

Eliseth Barajas
Human Resources Management, Hammond

I’ve had some of the best professors. They have been supportive, uplifting and inspiring. They’ve been my biggest support throughout my experience here at PNW and are always willing to go the extra mile to help us students.

Katie McNamara
Elementary and Special Education, Crown Point

News and Announcements


PNW celebrates Day of the Dead with Coco junior novel author visit, campus events

Coming on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is proud to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by welcoming Coco junior novelization author Angela Cervantes for a two-day visit to its Hammond and Westville campuses to meet with PNW and Northwest Indiana students.

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Join our CHESS Family Resource Hub

Family members and caregivers of CHESS students are invited to join our new family resource hub.

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PNW Professor Quoted in AP News Story on Pandemic Parenting

Amanda Zelechoski, a Purdue University Northwest psychology professor who co-founded the website and nonprofit Pandemic Parenting, was quoted in an AP News story on vaccines and schools.

Important Dates

Oct 24

Spring 2022 Priority Registration: Sophomores

Get ready to register for Spring 2022! Priority registration is now open to PNW sophomores as well as juniors, seniors, graduate students, Honors College students, veterans and student athletes.

Oct 26

Empire by Invitation: Afghanistan and Forever Wars

Nafiz Shahrani, Ph.D. is a professor of anthropology for Central Asian & Middle Eastern Studies from Indiana University Bloomington and will be hosting a talk on Afghanistan and Forever Wars.

Oct 27

Philosophy Matters Series: What in the #$& is This?: Trying to Understand Abstract Art

David Detmer, Ph.D. is a PNW professor of philosophy and will be hosting a Zoom presentation on trying to understand abstract art. 

Oct 28

Caffeine with the Dean

CHESS faculty and staff are invited to chat with Interim Dean Anne Gregory over coffee or tea.