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

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Aaron Twist, ‘20

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“Being a part of the basketball team is important to me. Together we are changing the culture and that means a lot to me.”

Smiling Student Ruhani Sharma

Ruhani Sharma, ‘20

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“PNW is not only a four year university, but it is home to a lot of students from around the community and international students as well.”

Neeti Parashar

Professor Neeti Parashar

Chemistry and Physics

Professor Parashar, who has been part of Nobel-prize winning work studying the origin of the universe, regularly takes undergraduate students to Fermilab and to CERN in Switzerland.

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Professor Yu Ouyang and Matthew Ruiz

Political Science

“Having professors like Dr. Ouyang who have made themselves accessible to students who don’t have traditional needs has been a benefit to me and to students like me.”

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Join the Pride

ROAR WITH US

From our Pride Stride color run during Welcome Week to our pancake study break during final exams, PNW campus traditions bring our community together all year long.

CAMPUS TRADITIONS

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.

12:1 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 five 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.

16 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

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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.

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Campus events, intramural sports and more than 80 student organizations give PNW students opportunities to relax and connect.

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.

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.

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Welcome Rally

From giveaways at Welcome Weeks to Mock Rock at Homecoming, PNW has activities around the year to build campus fun and help you get to know your fellow students.