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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

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Hispanic Heritage Month

SEPT. 15 TO OCT. 15.

Join our annual celebration of the culture and history of the U.S. Hispanic and Latinx communities! See details for a full calendar events, including a Hispanic Heritage Parade and Festival on Sept. 25!

SEE WHAT’S PLANNED

students throw color powder in the air while running under a rainbow balloon arch

Students show their PNW Pride with bursts of color at the 2022 Pride Stride 5K color run/walk!

PNW student play in a game room

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.

An aerial view of students walking across the quad at PNW's Westville Campus.

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.

Students play bubble soccer

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

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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.

Marquis Barconia

My favorite aspect of Purdue Northwest is the community. You make friends at PNW so easily. You see them all the time. It’s a great feeling.

Marquis Barconia, ’22, Elementary Education

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The university provides a lot of opportunities for students in a very supportive environment. Whatever your interests, you can find a place where you feel you belong.

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 02

Hispanic Heritage Month

Join our annual celebration of the culture and history of the U.S. Hispanic and Latinx communities! See the full calendar of events, including “Reporting Live, I’m Ana Belaval” and a Dia de los Muertos 5K.

Oct 02

Scholarship Applications Open

Looking for free money to help you pay for college? PNW has a variety of scholarships that students can apply for beginning October 1!

Oct 03

4 on 4 Flag Football – Entry Deadline

4 on 4 flag football games will be played on Wednesday nights in the FRC Gym. The entry deadline for this year’s season is October 3.

Oct 03

Pumpkin Carving and Painting: Hammond Campus

Enjoy some seasonal pumpkin shenanigans with the student life team under the SULB Portico!

Life @ PNW

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Housing

Welcome Home

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

PNW students talk in the Dining Hall

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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Why PNW?

Find Your Fit

Our blend of small classes and real-world learning helps you connect with professors who care and build skills to launch your career.