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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Purdue University Northwest is an above-average public university located in Hammond, Indiana in the Chicago Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,806 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Purdue University Northwest acceptance rate is 31%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Psychology. Purdue University Northwest graduates 38% of its students.
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
About Purdue University Northwest...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Purdue University Northwest Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Purdue University Northwest Admissions

Acceptance Rate
31%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
980-1160
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$10,157/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,253/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.80 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.100 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
9
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
3
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    27%
  • On Campus
    58%
  • Online
    15%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,806Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,767
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 57 responses
  • Confident, determined, some lazy and tired
    26%
  • Dedicated
    12%
  • Nice
    11%
  • Tired and determined
    11%
  • Confident, determined and tired (tough program)
    9%
  • Relaxed
    9%
  • Outgoing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
36%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.99 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.132 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 66 responses
  • Opportunities
    41%
  • Pretty & quiet campus that focuses on you
    24%
  • Interesting
    14%
  • Good luck
    11%
  • Let me take your money and give you fees to scam
    5%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.55 responses
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I enjoy the overall experience of college. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unfortunate that I cannot interact with the students as much as I would like. As a freshman, it is important to make connections, but it is not very safe at this time.

I like the Professors, who helped me so much during the semester,
I also like the campus itself, with beautiful plants outside, and nice study areas inside.

What could be changed is the nice staff and lower-priced food; I have encountered faculty members who are not very pleasant, and that is disappointing for a first-year student. I understand that people have bad days (I have many), but working in a field where you are interacting with other people lends itself to at least being pleasant. Also, money for college students is hard to come by as is, and lower-priced food would be beneficial. A nitpick, but important.

In closing, I feel that this school is a great campus, and I am looking forward to completing my work here!
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I wouldn’t choose another university to obtain my elementary education degree. Purdue has become my dream school since i was a little kid, it’s been in the family. The staff is amazing, their professors guide you in ways for you to succeed and become one of the best teachers you can be in the future. I am a sophomore at purdue, i’ve been to other universities but they don’t compare to Purdue when it comes down to getting the knowledge to become a future teacher in this generation. With this pandemic, it hasn’t been easy but the professors and school system has shown us that is it possible. I am grateful for my years at PNW and i can’t wait to continue my last two years as a boilermaker!
PNW was overall a great college, especially for the price and vast amount of degrees offered! The local area was really the only downfall - not too much for college students to do. But that is just a minor criticism considering that everything else about this campus exceeded my expectations.