Frequently Asked Questions
Find information about course registration, enrollment, academic standing and graduation.
Registration, Adding or Dropping Classes
You can register for classes by logging into myPNW and clicking either “Register Now” or “Register for Classes” on the Registration tab. To stay on track for graduation, you’re encouraged to take 15 credits a semester and consult your academic adviser regarding course selection.
Note: Freshman and students with PIN numbers on their accounts will have to meet with their adviser during the registration period to get PINs before they can register for classes.
Priority Registration applies to Fall and Spring semesters – but not Summer sessions – and is a designated time when registration first opens up that students can begin registering for classes based on their classification of Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior.
To find the earliest date and time you can begin registering for a Fall or Spring semester check your Registration Status in myPNW under the Registration tab.
Priority Registration generally follows this order:
- First group – Graduate Students, Undergraduate Seniors, Honors College Students, Veterans, and Student Athletes
- Second group – Undergraduate Juniors
- Third group – Undergraduate Sophomores
- Fourth group – Undergraduate Freshmen
- Final group – All Students
Class schedules are typically published online two weeks prior to the first day of registration for upcoming semesters. Review the schedule so you can register promptly and get the class days and times that will work best for you. Some courses fill quickly!
PNW offers four modes of instruction to support an engaging learning environment while allowing for proper social distancing. Use this table to find your preferred course format in the online schedule of classes.
|100% Online||Virtual Classroom||Hybrid||Face-to-Face|
|How to Identify Courses of This Type||"Distance Learning" as the "Schedule" Type" and no content in the "Meeting Times" column.||Course meeting days and times but with "Off Campus Virtual Class" as the location.||Two entries in the "Meeting Times" column: one with meeting day and time, building and room number; the second entry may be "blank" (for online component) or “virtual class” with meeting day and time (for a scheduled online component).||Course meeting days and times with building and room number.|
|How to Find Courses of This Type||Filter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Online: Fully Remote."||Filter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Virtual Classroom: Live LEC."||Filter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Hybrid: On-Campus + Online."||Filter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Face-to-Face: In-Person."|
You can view your class schedule in the Registration tab in myPNW as soon as you are registered for a course. However, rooms are subject to change. For this reason you should check your schedule just prior to the beginning of the semester to ensure you know where you need to be on the first day of class. Click “View Your Schedule” in the Registration Shortcuts box.
- Holds: Holds on your account may prevent registration, and you will need to take care of any financial obligations or other circumstances (like Respect Boundaries) resulting in a hold before registering for classes. Student athletes have registration holds that need to be temporarily removed for course registration or to withdraw from a course. Student athletes must maintain a full-time status (12 credit hours or more) or risk ineligibility. For questions about Athletic Eligibility contact the Athletics Department at (219) 989-2540.
- Closed Classes: If you find a class is full, the department head must supply a signed extension form giving permission to override the limit set by the department. If the course has a wait list, then overrides will not be available and you may elect to add your name to the wait list.
- Restrictions: Certain course restrictions, such as pre / co-requisites or major / level restrictions, may also prevent registration and may require signature approval by the academic advisor in order for course additions to be processed by the Office of the Registrar.
- Time Conflicts: When registering for courses, the system will not let you enroll in courses that meet in whole or in part during the same time frame. Review the course schedule and select a different section to continue registering.
During Late Registration, which ends on the Friday of the first week of the semester, you can log into myPNW to drop or add classes to your schedule on the Registration tab by clicking either “Register Now” or “Register for Classes”. You do not need to submit an Drop/Add Card or get additional signatures unless you are trying to add a closed class or have a prerequisite issue.
After Late Registration
To drop or add classes to your schedule you will need to submit a completed Drop/Add Card to the Registrar’s Office or to the Registrar’s email at email@example.com.
- To add a course after the first week of classes, you will need the signatures of your academic advisor and course instructor.
- To drop a course after the first week of classes, you should get your adviser’s signature so that they can help you develop a plan to stay on track for graduation. After the fourth week of the semester, if you are above a freshman status (having completed 30 credit hours or more), you should also get your instructor’s signature. Please refer to the Refund and Withdrawal Schedule for critical dates.
Note to Student Athletes: Student athletes must maintain a full-time status (12 credit hours or more) or risk ineligibility. For questions about Athletic Eligibility contact the Athletics Department at (219) 989-2540.
You will need to submit a completed Drop/Add card to the Registrar’s Office or to the Registrar’s email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dropping all courses is a serious matter. You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor to develop a plan for returning to PNW to complete your degree.
Note to Students with Financial Aid and/or loans: Please be aware that making a change in enrollment may revise your financial aid award. Notify the Office of Financial Aid immediately at (219) 989-2301 in Hammond or at (219) 785-5460 in Westville or at email@example.com if there is a change in enrollment.
Note to Military Personnel: Students called to active military service who are unable to complete the semester and need to withdraw from classes should contact the Veteran Affairs Coordinator at (219) 989-1109 in Hammond or at (219) 785-5342 in Westville. A copy of your military orders along with a power of attorney is required.
Perhaps, but there are many factors to be considered regarding refunds. Please see the Bursar’s information on refunds for details. You may contact the Bursar’s Office at (219) 989-2560 in Hammond or (219) 785-5338 in Westville or at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding refunds of tuition and fees.
First, let us take this opportunity to thank you for your service. Information on what steps you will need to take to use your VA education benefits can be found on the Veterans Enrollment Certification web page. Contact the Veteran Affairs Coordinator at (219) 989-1109 in Hammond or at (219) 785-5342 in Westville if you have questions about your VA education benefits and certifying your enrollment each semester.
Enrollment and Academic Standing
Enrollment certification requests can be filled out and submitted online.
- Enrollment Certification – National Student Clearinghouse (recommended method)
The place to order your enrollment certification for employment, housing, healthcare or loan deferment. You will receive your certification electronically via email from the National Student Clearinghouse.
- Enrollment Certification Form
This Office of the Registrar form is only for certifications requiring a GPA. All other requests must use the National Student Clearinghouse.
Enrollment certification request forms are also available to fill out in person in the Enrollment Services Center in Lawshe Hall, Room 130 (Hammond) or Schwarz Hall, Room 40 (Westville). They will be mailed out to students ONLY if they provide a self-addressed envelope.
For further information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (219) 989-2210 or at email@example.com.
The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Under the purview of FERPA, the institution is required to safeguard your academic record. This means that we cannot share it with a third party without your consent.
In some cases it may be necessary or prudent for you to have a third-party representative able to communicate with us on your behalf. PNW has instituted proxy access to allow a student to grant access to their information to a third party (parent, spouse, SSDP, etc.).
Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing. A student will be placed on academic probation if either semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than 2.0.
Refer to the Academic Regulations section of the Academic Catalog for more information.
To see your academic standing, log into myPNW and click View Student Profile in the Academics Shortcut box on the Academic tab. Academic standing is displayed above the Student Information area along with your overall hours earned and GPA.
Instructors have the option of assigning plus/minus letter grades. Quality points are allocated to each recorded grade according to the following scale:
|A+, A||4.0 grade points per semester hour|
|A-||3.7 grade points per semester hour|
|B+||3.3 grade points per semester hour|
|B||3.0 grade points per semester hour|
|B-||2.7 grade points per semester hour|
|C+||2.3 grade points per semester hour|
|C||2.0 grade points per semester hour|
|C-||1.7 grade points per semester hour|
|D+||1.3 grade points per semester hour|
|D||1.0 grade points per semester hour|
|D-||0.7 grade points per semester hour|
|F||0.0 grade points per semester hour|
Instructors have autonomy in determining the grading scale they wish to use for their courses.
Points assigned to letter grades and their associated credit hours are used to calculate your GPA. Below are the formulas for calculating a semester and cumulative GPA.
Semester Grade Point Average
To determine your semester grade point average, you will need to determine the total number of semester points earned and the total credit hours attempted.
Semester Grade Points/Semester Credits Attempted = Semester GPA
Semester GPA Calculation Example:
- SOC 10000
3 credit hour course with a grade of A. 3 credits × 4.0 points = 12.0 grade points
- CHM 11500
4 credit hour course with a grade of C+. 4 credits × 2.3 points = 9.2 grade points
GPA Calculation: 21.2 total semester grade points / 7 credit hours = 3.03 Semester GPA
Cumulative Grade Point Average
To determine your cumulative grade point average, you will need to determine the number of total grade points you have earned and the total credit hours you have attempted beginning with your first semester of attendance.
Total Grade Points / Total Credits Attempted = Cumulative GPA
To remain in good academic standing, maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. If you have questions about how to improve your GPA, speak with your academic adviser.
Once you have been academically dismissed from a Purdue campus, you must wait one full fall or spring semester before you can be readmitted. If it is your second time being dismissed, you must wait one calendar year. In either case, you will need to do the following two items:
- Fill out an Application for Readmission and select the “Readmit” application type. Submit by the deadline for the session you are trying to be readmitted. Currently the Readmission Application Fee is $100 (subject to change). You may contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the application and the readmission process.
- Submit a financial aid appeal, as being academically dismissed makes you ineligible for financial aid. See the Financial Aid Office’s information on Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals. You may contact Financial Aid Office at email@example.com if you have questions about the appeal process and your financial aid status.
You are encouraged to meet with your academic adviser to review your program requirements. If you believe you are a candidate for graduation, submit your Intent to Graduate form when you register for your final courses. See the Commencement Pre-Graduation Guide for more details about declaring your intent to graduate (including the link to the online form), critical deadlines, and participating in a commencement and the dates of the ceremonies.
The Intent to Graduate form must be submitted by the published deadline whether or not you plan on participating in commencement. Failure to notify the Office of the Registrar of your intent to graduate will result in a delayed graduation date.
If you have declared yourself a degree candidate and it is determined you have not met all of your requirements, you will receive a letter from the Office of the Registrar notifying you that you are not eligible to graduate. You will only be notified if you lack requirements for graduation. Please be aware that you will need to submit another Intent to Graduate form for the semester in which you will complete your degree requirements.
The diplomas will indicate the degree is awarded at Purdue Northwest in the state of Indiana. See the diploma web page for more information about diplomas, distribution dates, and how to order a replacement, if needed.
Transcripts may be ordered in person in the Office of the Registrar or via an online system. They are provided free of charge. See the transcripts web page for more information about the different types of transcripts as well as brief videos explaining how to use the online transcript ordering system.