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TRIO & Educational Opportunity Programs

We motivate and support students from backgrounds including low-income, first-generation and disabled individuals, from sixth grade through college graduation.

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Temporary Relocation - Hammond Campus Construction

The CLO main entrance and first floor will be closed due to construction until the beginning of the fall semester.

  • Office for First Generation Initiative – PORT 211B
  • TRIO Educational Talent Search – Hammond – PORT 203
  • TRIO Upward Bound/Upward Math and Science – GYTE 007D
  • TRIO Student Support Services – PORT 216 A&E

Read More About This Summer’s Construction

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A First Scholars Institution

PNW has been recognized by the Center for First-generation Student Success for its sustained commitment to support first-generation students.

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College Programs

21st Century Scholars

Beginning in middle school, this scholarship program participants with programs and resources to help them plan, prepare, and pay for college.

TRIO Student Support Services

A federally funded TRIO program, we focus on providing a comprehensive set of services emphasizing academic excellence, cultural awareness and life-long learning.

Ronald E. McNair Post- Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Federal funding allows us to provide graduate educational opportunities for students who have traditionally not been part of the educational mainstream of American society.

Christopher Pabey

Believe in your passion, that you are here to achieve your goals and that you will be able to make it through this and any other challenge you face.

Ana Lopez is pictured.

As first-generation students, we have to figure it out and put the pieces together. I always tell myself ‘don’t let yourself down,’ because then how will you get to where you want to be?

Ana Lopez , Health Studies

Vanessa Del Real

I found TRIO at the new student orientation and I’m so glad I joined freshman year. They gave me all the support I needed with things like FAFSA and school in general.

Pre-College Programs

Upward Bound

Federally funded, Upward Bound is a continuous three-year program that provides supportive academic instruction and tutoring for high school students in Hammond, Gary and East Chicago, Indiana.

Educational Talent Search (Hammond Campus)

This federally funded TRIO program provides academic, career and financial counseling to Lake County residents, encouraging participants to graduate from high school and continue on to complete your post-secondary education.

Educational Talent Search (Westville Campus)

This federally funded TRIO program provides academic, career and financial counseling to Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Starke County residents, encouraging participants to graduate from high school and continue on to complete your post-secondary education.

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$5.9 Million to Support First-Generation College Students!

In 2022, PNW’s TRIO programs were awarded $5.9 million in federal funding to support first-gen, low-income and underrepresented students!

See the Support in Action

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PNW Impact Recognized

PNW ranked among Midwest regional universities for social mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 annual Best Colleges rankings. The ranking measures how well a university graduates Pell Grant recipients. PNW ranked 76 among these universities.

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News and Announcements

CLO Building

CLO Phase 2 Construction – Hammond Campus

The CLO main entrance and first floor will be closed due to construction until the beginning of the fall semester.

Esmeralda Mendez

Creating opportunities: Meet 2024 PNW graduate Esmeralda Mendez

As a new student at PNW, Esmeralda Mendez, ’24, was undecided on a course of study when she attended a presentation on the HTM program.

Bianca Cortez

“The Whole World Smiles With You”: Meet PNW 2023 graduate Bianca Cortez

A love for science and math mixed with the desire to help the community set Bianca Cortez, ’23, on the path of completing a bachelor of science degree in Biological Sciences from Purdue University Northwest (PNW) this fall.

Upcoming Events

Aug 19

Fall 2024 Classes Begin

We’re excited to kick off another semester of learning and PNW Pride. Power Onward! Fall 2024 Classes begin Monday, August 19, 2024.

Sep 02

Campus Closed: Labor Day

There will be no classes and the University will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 2.

Nov 27

Campus Closed: Thanksgiving Break

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no classes and PNW’s campuses will be closed from Wednesday, November 27 through Saturday, November 30.