Why PNW

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. Diverse, hard-working, and innovative, we’re where academic excellence meets real-world experience. At PNW, students from next door and students from halfway across the world come together to learn, grow, and connect.

PNW Proud

Andrew Miloshoff

Andrew Miloshoff, ’20

Electrical Engineering

“What I like most about Purdue Northwest was the smaller class sizes, hands-on learning and the professors who are willing to take time out of their day to engage in one-on-one time with students.”

Nelly Chango in the classroom

Nelly Chango, ‘20

MBA

“Don’t be afraid of new adventures. Take advantage of what PNW has to offer.”

PNW graduate Samuel Arjona Ruiz

Samuel Arjona Ruiz, ‘20

Accounting

“PNW gave me the fundamentals for my career, and I feel very confident about my capabilities now.”

Professor Angela Schooley

Nursing

“I want to create my courses to guide and enhance my students’ efforts, so they can be successful, and I want them to know I believe in them!”

Power Onward with Purdue Northwest

At Purdue University Northwest, we go beyond the classroom, walking the extra mile with students to empower confidence and encourage real-world experiences. We push beyond the boundaries of innovation to drive engagement and make an impact in Northwest Indiana and the world at large.

Find the Program for You

PNW at a Glance

Take a look around. We might surprise you.

98% Full-Time Freshmen

New students add to our vibrant campus community each fall.

20:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes foster individual attention and mentorship opportunities.

Approximately 9,300 Students

We’re bigger than your high school, but not so big that you’re just a number.

70+ Areas of Study

From engineering to education, our six colleges have majors, concentrations and courses to suit every passion.

30 Miles to Chicago

All the perks of a world-class city are just a half hour drive away.

15 Miles to the Dunes

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan.

47 Countries Represented

Students come from all over the world to study at PNW.

15 NCAA Division II Athletic Teams

We pair high-quality academics with competitive athletics. Suit up or come cheer us on!

66,000+ Alumni

Connect with and get support from our global alumni community.

“I’m on a first-name basis with all of my professors I’ve had at PNW, and I know a lot of my friends who go to bigger schools can’t say the same thing.”

Adam Rich, Biology

Residential Housing Peregrine Hall

Live Here

MODERN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING

Enrich your college experience and make the most of our community by living in PNW’s University Village on the Hammond campus.

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Our Favorite Places

Two campuses mean twice as many spots to study, eat, exercise, spend time with friends or just relax. Take a look at a few of our favorites.

Students walk across Westville Campus

One of the best places to get the full view of PNW’s Westville campus is the main Plaza. Students love relaxing by the fountain or studying while surrounded by the unique art around campus.

Two students pose next to a pool table

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

A student wearing goggles stands in front of a green background

PNW’s state-of-the-art Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) combines advanced simulation techniques and 3-D visualization to solve real-world engineering problems.

Students work out in DSAC

Students can balance study time with workout breaks in PNW's two fully equipped Fitness Centers.

A student poses next to a buggy

From buggies to canoes, PNW students take part in a range of engineering competitions that build hands-on skills and real-world experience.

Two students studying together

State-of-the-art buildings, like the Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex, give students comfortable space to study and socialize.

A PNW soccer player advances the ball up the field

Paws Up, Roar Pride! Purdue Northwest competes in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC). We have 15 varsity sports, including softball, baseball, basketball, tennis, cross-country, golf, soccer, volleyball and Esports.

A PNW student sits at her desk in university housing

Our Hammond campus offers apartment-style housing with private bedrooms for you and your 750 new best friends. You can walk everywhere — you’ll be steps from our fitness center and less than a mile from every building on campus.

Students walk through founders plaza

PNW's Hammond and Westville campuses offer a relaxed college feel, but Chicago and Lake Michigan are just short drives away.

Students collaborate in a PNW lab space

With nearly two dozen research and specialty centers, PNW lets you build your skills and connect with experts in fields ranging from sales to cybersecurity. State-of-the-art lab space gives students the opportunities to build abilities they will carry into their careers.