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Student Life

With over 60 student organizations, intramural sports and an inclusive and welcoming campus community, 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

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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Inclusive and Welcoming PNW

At PNW, you will find space to be your truest self. We offer a culture of inclusivity, equitable treatment and welcoming opportunities for all.

See Our Commitment to Inclusivity

Rachel Fleszewski

Definitely put yourself out there, try to make connections with your peers and you'll really benefit from networking and creating those long-lasting friendships.

Pay attention to yourself and the things that truly make you happy. Explore the world and yourself.

No matter where you come from, PNW has a place for you.

First of all, I like the diversity. I got to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds – which was amazing.

Vanessa Del Real

As a minority and first-generation student there were so many support services to take advantage of and so many people I could connect with and relate to.

Jalyn Smith

All of those experiences, the clubs and internships, connected the textbooks to the real world. The things I was learning in class – skills, tools, assessments and communication, I was able to take all of those things into my internship and apply them while I was there.

Jalyn A. Smith, Social Work, ’22

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You can just walk into a club on any day and you’ll feel like you belong, even if you’ve never met those people before.

Danielle Turner, Computer Information Technology, ’23

Get involved because it is really worth it. Start by going to a couple of meetings — the more people you meet, the more networking you do, the farther you can go.

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

Apr 21

Intramural Bench Press Challenge XXI

We’re inviting all PNW staff, students, faculty and fitness center members to challenge yourselves to become our Bench Press Champion!

Apr 22

Guest Speaker: Joaquin Zihuatanejo (Hammond)

Hear from Joaquin Zihuatanejo! He’s a poet. artist and teacher, hoping to share stories and advice through his work in capturing the duality of the Chicano culture.

Apr 22

Pancake Study Break (Westville)

Take a break with us to chat with your classmates, listen to some great music and eat some delicious pancakes!

Apr 22

Play Day – Westville Campus

Don’t let the end of the semester wear you down! Take a break with the Counseling Center and stop by for a day of play.

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.

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Campus Traditions

Part of the Pride

From our Pride Stride color run to Roaring Loud, PNW campus traditions bring our community together all year long.