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Why Purdue Northwest?

Finding Your Path to College...That's Powering Onward!

Diverse, hardworking, and innovative, Purdue University Northwest sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s shores.

From engineering to accounting, our 70+ areas of study will prepare you to succeed in a highly competitive global environment.

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Take the Next Step to Success

PNW’s supportive professors will help you build the experience and connections you need to thrive. Taking the next step is easy—start the easy application process today or share your contact info to learn more about which PNW program is right for you!


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Meet the Pride

Varshini Dunnala

Great Guidance

“My major has experienced faculty and they support me well in the research fields. PNW has provided great guidance to choose my path.”

Varshini Dunnala, ‘23, Computer Science

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Feels Like Home

“It feels more like home than any other campus. My professors have pushed me to help me find out who I am as a person and who I want to become.”

Danny Sek, Criminal Justice

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Supportive Campus

“If you’re looking for a campus that supports well-rounded students through academia and getting involved, PNW is an amazing place.”

Zebaneeka Washington, ‘24, Biological Sciences

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Making Connections

“You are able to get involved, find jobs, make connections with peers and professors, and meet so many people from all over the world!”

Mary Buksa, ‘24, Accounting

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Active Community

“Join a group of people active in a club adjacent to, if not within, your major. There is much needed community and support there.”

Joshua Grady, ‘25, Computer Engineering

Power Onward with Purdue Northwest

At Purdue University Northwest, we go beyond the classroom, walking the extra mile with students to empower confidence and encourage real-world experiences. We push beyond the boundaries of innovation to drive engagement and make an impact in Northwest Indiana and the world at large.

PNW at a Glance

Take a look around. We think you’ll like what you see.


98% Full-Time Freshmen

New students add to our vibrant campus community each fall.

15:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes foster individual attention and mentorship opportunities.

Approximately 8,700 Students

We’re bigger than your high school, but not so big that you’re just a number.

70+ Areas of Study

From engineering to education, our six colleges have majors, concentrations and courses to suit every passion.

30 Miles to Chicago

All the perks of a world-class city are just a half hour drive away from PNW’s main Hammond campus.

15 Miles to the Dunes

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan, right by PNW’s Westville branch campus.

50 Countries Represented

Students come from all over the world to study at PNW.

17 NCAA Division II Athletic Teams

We pair high-quality academics with competitive athletics. Suit up or come cheer us on!

68,000+ Alumni

Connect with and get support from our global alumni community.