2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 18, 2020  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Purdue Northwest offers some 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs of study. The university’s six academic Colleges are:

  • Business
  • Engineering and Sciences
  • Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Technology
  • Honors

Mission Vision Values

Mission: Purdue University Northwest, in the land grant tradition of learning, discovery and engagement, provides high quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate education to students of Northwest Indiana and beyond. We create a welcoming environment that promotes critical inquiry through experiential learning, faculty scholarship, civic engagement and community partnerships.
Vision: Purdue University Northwest will be the institution of choice in Northwest Indiana and beyond as the center for education, innovation, economic development and culture.
Values: The students, faculty, staff, alumni and entire Purdue University Northwest community:
  • Embody a commitment to excellence in all we do
  • Foster a culture that supports growth and success for students, faculty and staff
  • Create a welcoming, collegial environment that celebrates diversity
  • Demonstrate respect, caring, dignity and inclusion for all
  • Promote global citizenship, through learning, interconnectedness, strong stewardship and focusing on improving social outcomes
  • Promote growth and mutual success through developing and leveraging partnerships throughout the area
  • Act with honesty and integrity, adhering to the highest ethical standards of personal and professional behavior, in communicating, learning, teaching, research and public service.
  • Accept personal and institutional responsibility for everything we do
  • Innovate to increase lifelong learning
  • Demonstrate pride in our university, community, ourselves and one another

Overarching Strategy and Goals

Purdue University Northwest will differentiate itself by offering world-class educational opportunities at an excellent value to all students; by attracting students who thrive in a welcoming, diverse, inclusive environment that promotes academic rigor; by supporting strong faculty and academic programs; by enhancing a vibrant university community; and by promoting the economic well-being of Northwest Indiana, the State, and society as a whole.

Strategic Goals

  1. Student access and success – Focus on academic, personal and career success and continually work to improve our resources so that qualified students have the opportunity and ability to thrive during their experience on campus and in their lives.
  2. Academic excellence – Advance academic excellence, the foundation of all we do at Purdue Northwest. We are committed to maintaining and growing a rich teaching-learning environment through the recruitment, retention, and development of high-quality faculty and staff. Equally, we are committed to maintaining distinctive programs and developing quality programs designed to serve regional, national and global needs. Degree programs, dedicated staff and university resources center on providing students opportunities and challenges as they prepare for future success.
  3. Learning through engagement and discovery – Promote collaborative work, experiential learning and research to give students a rich learning environment that cultivates a lifetime of community involvement and leadership.
  4. Inclusivity and diversity – Promote a university climate that is welcoming and diverse in which all individuals experience being a valued member of the community. Similarities and differences are accepted and respected. Our communication is collaborative and collegial.
  5. Community and business engagement – Participate in productive partnerships between business and community organizations and Purdue University Northwest students, faculty and staff that offer opportunities for mutual benefit while strengthening the university and enriching society.
  6. Premier infrastructure – Support a rich academic learning experience through physical resources, technology, processes, policies and practices.


The Higher Learning Commission (click to view web page) - 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411, accredits Purdue University Northwest. Telephone: 312-263-0456; Toll Free 800-621-7440

Specialty accreditors, with current names, phone numbers and website URLs, are listed here.

For further accreditation language, please visit the Accreditation and Assessment webpage.


Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP)

In collaboration with state institutions in Indiana, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has established this program so that students in selected majors may complete an associate’s degree at an Indiana community college and transfer into a related field at a four-year public university in Indiana where credits earned for the associate’s degree will apply toward the bachelor’s degree. To take advantage of this program at Purdue, students must meet established admission criteria for the respective major, some of which are highly competitive or not available to transfer students because of popularity and limited capacity. For more information view “Single Articulation Pathways” on this ICHE web page.

Click here for more information on Majors available through this program.