Back-to-School Guide

We’re excited to get back to classes for an in-person fall semester! See what to expect and how to thrive with PNW’s back-to-school guide.

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Welcome Back!

Dear Students,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 2021-2022 academic year! Whether this is your first year at Purdue University Northwest or your first time back since spring of 2020, we are so excited to have you walking around and interacting on our campuses.

The entire PNW community is pulling for you. The graduates of PNW are known for their strong education, unwavering work ethic, and powering onward through even the toughest of situations. We are here to help you achieve your academic goals and will support you as you persist towards graduation.

If at any moment you feel an obstacle is too large to overcome, please know that your advisors, professors, and student advocates are here to support you to succeed. Reach out to us, and we can help you.

We hope that your fall semester is filled with productive and engaging learning.


Chris Holford

Kenneth C. Holford

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Whether this is your first year at Purdue University Northwest or your first time back since spring of 2020, we are so excited to have you walking around and interacting on our campuses.

Provost Holford and Vice Chancellor Mosley

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Starting Strong, Starting Safe

Ready to return—and ready to roar! Purdue University Northwest has plans in place to stay safe as we welcome faculty, staff and students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.

See COVID-19 Guidelines

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Student Technology Guide

Purdue University Northwest has a range of digital tools to help you stay on top of your classwork, stay connected with professors and advisors, and manage learning activities from scheduling exams to paying your bills.

See the Guide

A Special Note from the Dean of Students

Dear PNW students,

Welcome back! After over a year of mostly online classes, PNW faculty and staff are beyond excited to see the PNW campuses filled with people and activities again. We are all wishing you a great academic year full of learning, growth, and fun.

As the PNW community returns to campus, the health and safety of our members remains our number one priority. As you’ve likely heard, the extremely contagious Delta variant of COVID is causing a surge in infections, including in Northwest Indiana. The most important thing that you can do to help protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated. You’re much less likely to get COVID once you’re protected by a vaccination, and that means you won’t be passing it on to others. It keeps all of us safer. Don’t forget to enter our Vaccine Incentive Program to qualify for great rewards, and please encourage others to do the same.

We’ll also be enforcing the masking requirements on campus, so please make sure to mask up while indoors and in large gatherings outside.

Remember that the Office of the Dean of Students is here to support and assist you throughout your career at PNW: if you have financial struggles, missed deadlines, illness, disagreements with faculty or staff, or anything else that gets in the way of your success, contact us and we will help you find a resolution.

With best wishes for a great semester,

Colin Fewer

Colin Fewer

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Back-to-School Resources

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Get Involved

Get involved with student life, connecting with classmates through student clubs and organizations, campus events and more!

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Welcome Week

Kick off the fall semester with giveaways, swag and fun activities! Join our Welcome Rallies and discover resources to help you succeed.

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Student Resources

Need help? Whether it’s choosing the right classes for your major or getting support from our counseling center, PNW student resources can help you thrive.

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Quick Links

From myPNW and Brightspace to the latest student news and events, find what you’re looking for in one key spot!

Oct 22

How Horror Works and Why We Like It: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Join the Department of English and World Languages for How Horror Works and Why We Like It, a film screening and discussion on A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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.

Nov 01

Angela Cervantes Book Talk

Join us on the Hammond and Westville campuses as award-winning author Angela Cervantes tells the story about her journey from a shy girl to publishing her first novel. Angela wrote the junior novelization of Disney/Pixar’s Coco. This fall, her junior novel for Disney’s new animated film, Encanto, will be out.