2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Purdue Northwest offers approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs of study in the following six academic Colleges:


  Engineering and Sciences

  Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences




Mission Vision Values


Purdue University Northwest transforms students’ lives and our metropolitan region through a diverse campus committed to innovative education, applied research, and community engagement.


As a premier metropolitan university, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will power intellectual, cultural, and economic development in northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago metropolitan area, enriching the surrounding community through collaborative partnerships that leverage the university’s expertise to improve people’s lives.

PNW will continue to focus on preparing students to be effective, ethical, and innovative leaders in their careers and communities through enhanced academic programming and integrative, experiential learning.

PNW will support a diverse, talented faculty as they tailor their research and teaching to address the needs of a changing economy and workforce.

PNW’s vibrant student experience, robust campus resources, and engaged alumni community will enhance students’ abilities to form lasting connections with each other and the university.


  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Excellence
  • Community

Overarching Strategy and Goals

Purdue University Northwest distinguishes itself by offering high quality educational opportunities to its students.  It will accomplish this by emphasizing student success; achieving academic excellence; encouraging learning through engagement and discovery; promoting inclusivity and diversity; fostering community engagement and economic development; and providing quality infrastructure.

Strategic Goals

  1. Student Success – Focus on academic, personal, and career success so that students have the opportunity and ability to thrive during their experiences on campus and in their lives.
  2. Academic Excellence – The pursuit of academic excellence is the foundation of all we do at Purdue Northwest.  We are committed to cultivating a rich teaching-learning environment through the recruitment, retention, and development of a high-quality faculty, staff, and student body.  Equally, we are committed to providing distinctive and quality programs designed to address regional, national, and global needs.
  3. Learning through Engagement and Discovery – Promote creative activities, experiential learning, and research to give students a rich interdisciplinary 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.
  5. Community Engagement and Economic Development – Partnering with business and community organizations, Purdue University Northwest students, faculty, and staff members develop mutually beneficial opportunities that strengthen the university and enrich society.
  6. Quality Infrastructure – Ensure that physical infrastructure and technology resources support a rich academic learning experience and student life.


Purdue University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411. Telephone: 312-263-0456; Toll Free 800-621-7440.  

View the HLC website here.

Discipline-based accreditors, with addresses, telephone numbers, and website URLs can be found here.

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

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 Northwest, 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 “Transfer Single Articulation Pathways” on the TransferIN webpage.

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