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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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Homecoming 2021

Join us in April for a month of fun and relaxation, including fireworks, baseball and an in-person carnival.

Explore Homecoming Events

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The Pride at Play

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

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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Game rooms on both campuses give PNW students space to relax—and connect—between classes.

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.

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The Mechanical Engineering Technology Club offers the chance to get your hands dirty and build hands-on skills!

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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.

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

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Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom—programs like PNW's award-winning student-produced television program builds the hands-on knowledge you need to succeed.

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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.

Beauty and the Beast at Purdue Northwest 2019.

Beauty and the Beast at Purdue Northwest 2019.

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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Student competition teams are a great opportunity to get to know fellow engineering students and put your skills to work. The PNW NASA Rover Team designs and builds two rovers each year for competition at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Apr 19

Smart Lunch Series

The new Smart Lunch series, led by the SoEC Technology Taskforce, shares innovative and compelling technology with SoEC candidates and faculty as well as the PNW community.

Apr 19

Anti-Racism Lecture Series: The 1619 Project and the Summer of 2020

PNW professor Mita Choudhury will provide a historical overview of systemic racism, institutional bias and prejudice, and the weak guard rails of “western civilization.”

Apr 19

SGA Cram Jam

Ready to ace those finals? SGA is teaming up with the library, student academic support, the Writing Center, student life and HoCo to bring you the ultimate study party! Drop in virtually or in person. In-person snack packs are limited.

Apr 20

On The Other Side: Social Media

Join PNW scholars and community experts for a series of conversations exploring the post-COVID world and our opportunity for reinvention. What does social media look like in a post-COVID world?

Life @ PNW

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Housing

Welcome Home

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

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Dining

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.