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Student Life

With over 80 student organizations, our Student Programming Board, Alternative Spring Break, and leadership programs, PNW students have plenty of ways to get involved, make new friends and create lasting college memories.

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The Pride at Play


From Spanish Club to our car-building Society of Automotive Engineers groups to student government, there are organizations for every passion and interest at PNW. Join a professional society, volunteer in the community or even learn how to play a new sport.

Browse Student Orgs

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Halloween at PNW

From pumpkin tossing and painting to a bona fide Halloween Bash, explore fun Halloween happenings at PNW.

Pumpkin Painting (Oct. 21)

Halloween Bash (Oct. 28)

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Angela Cervantes Book Talk

November 1 and 2

Join us as award-winning author Angela Cervantes tells the story about her journey from a shy girl who hid behind books to publishing her first novel. Angela has written the junior novelization of Disney/Pixar’s Coco.

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Day of the Dead Celebration

November 2

Purdue University Northwest’s Building Community Through the Arts program is hosting a Día de los Muertos Celebration event. The event also known as Day of the Dead, is a blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture that invites families to celebrate those they have lost through food, drink and music.

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From intramurals to fitness centers, PNW provides a range of opportunities for students to meet friends, have fun and make progress.

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Paws Up, Roar Pride! Purdue Northwest competes in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). We have 19 varsity sports, including softball, baseball, basketball, tennis, cross country, track & field, golf, soccer, volleyball, ice hockey (ACHA) and Esports.

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Students in PNW's Baja SAE Collegiate Design Competition design, build, test, promote, and race an off-road vehicle in a competition with hundreds of schools across the country.

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At PNW's Welcome Weeks, students enjoy free food, fun and giveaways on both the Hammond and Westville campuses.

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From board-game showdowns to rec-league volleyball, PNW has fun offerings for every interest.

Beauty and the Beast at Purdue Northwest 2019.

PNW's vibrant campus culture includes student plays and musicals, including 2019's "Beauty and the Beast."

PNW students clap at our Late Night Madness event.

Students get fired up for PNW basketball season every year with Late Night Madness! The fun, free event gathers students for food, contests and giveaways.

PNW's Boots and Bridles Club after a competition.

The Boots and Bridles Club is a fun place for those who wish to learn about different aspects of the equine industry. Students can compete on teams in two disciplines, Western and English, with levels ranging from beginner to open/advance.

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Bubble soccer at the Fitness and Recreation Center is a low-stress intramural option.

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I met a lot of great people who turned out to be some of my best friends, and to actually run a live television show that airs on Lakeshore PBS is really, really valuable.

Sonny Santana, ’21, Communications: Broadcasting


Take advantage of all the opportunities on campus. Get to know your professors and classmates. Put yourself out there, I promise it will pay off!

Lori Utesch, Master of Science in Education, Concentration: Mental Health Counseling, ’21

Picture Yourself at Purdue Northwest

College is more than lectures and book study. It’s about discovering who you are and what you’re good at doing. At Purdue University Northwest, you will earn a quality degree while gaining real-world experience that prepares you for lifelong success.

Have questions about student life at PNW? Contact our office!

Upcoming Events

Oct 26

PNW Student-Family Lounge Open House

All are invited to join our opening celebration in the new Student-Family Lounge, a family-friendly space for all students. Enjoy light refreshments, activities for children and announcements for upcoming family-friendly events.

Oct 28

Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash

Come out with your little boo’s for a Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash in Alumni Hall. Your kids and siblings can enjoy some Halloween activities, crafts and dancing.

Oct 28

Eight Ball League Entry Deadline

Join an eight ball league as part of the fall 2021 intramural sports on the Hammond campus.

Oct 28

Halloween Bash

Come out for a Monster Mash! Wear your best costume for a contest hosted by Student Government and get ready to bust a move on the dance floor.

Life @ PNW

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Welcome Home

Get the PNW experience 24/7 when you live in our University Village apartments.

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Hope You’re Hungry

We have pizza, burgers, salads, soups, sandwiches, and, of course, coffee. Explore dining options on both campuses.

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Fitness and Intramurals

Stay Healthy

Both PNW campuses have state-of-the-art fitness and recreation centers, with many ways to keep your body — and mind — in shape.