2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

University College

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Jonathan Swarts, Dean of University College and the Honors College

Yesenia N. Avalos, Associate Director of Student Success and Retention

Hammond Campus: SULB 313

Phone: 219-989-3160


University College at Purdue University Northwest is dedicated to enhancing the learning experiences of undecided and undeclared students. Students in University College engage with dedicated advising, invite-only events, and enroll in an FYE course created specifically for the undecided/undeclared students. The college offers one degree program, the Multidisciplinary Studies Degree.


Admission to University College is based on the following minimum criteria:

Freshmen: High School GPA of 2.30 or above

Incoming Transfer Students: minimum GPA of 2.0 or above from their most recent college or university

Current PNW Students: GPA of 2.0 or above at PNW


University College students have the opportunity to:

  • Receive dedicated academic advising versed in all programs throughout the university;
  • Enroll in specific First Year Experience course to facilitate declaring an appropriate major;
  • Be part of a caring community centered on student success

Student Goals

Students in University College Advising have five primary goals:​

  • Take classes related to a pathway - or general area of interest - that allow for both exploration and timely degree completion
  • Explore their interests and strengths as they relate to majors and careers
  • Familiarize themselves with the majors offered at PNW - including the academic content in the major, qualifications needed to declare the major and career opportunities associated with the major
  • Connect their interests, strengths, and academic qualifications with a major offered at PNW
  • Declare their major within their first 45 credit hours of study


Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science