Purdue University Northwest

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Purdue University Northwest
Former names
Purdue University Calumet
Purdue University North Central
Type Public Coeducational
Established 2016 (2016)
Academic affiliation
Purdue University system
Chancellor Thomas L. Keon
Students 12,000
Location Hammond and Westville, Indiana, United States
Colors Black and Old Gold
Athletics Current Provisional Members of GLIAC (NCAA Dll)
Nickname Pride
Sporting affiliations
Mascot Pride (Lion)
Website www.pnw.edu
Hammond Campus
Established 1946
Location 2200 169th Street
, IN 46323, United States
41°34′54″N 87°28′17″W / 41.58167°N 87.47139°W / 41.58167; -87.47139
Campus Urban: 194 acres (78.5 ha)
Westville Campus
Established 1948
Location 1401 South U.S. 421
, IN 46391, United States
41°35′03″N 86°53′39″W / 41.58417°N 86.89417°W / 41.58417; -86.89417
Campus Rural: 305 acres (123.4 ha)

Purdue University Northwest is a comprehensive regional university with two campuses located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. With approximately 12,000 students and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is the fifth largest public university in Indiana.


Purdue University's presence in northwest Indiana began with the establishment of extension centers in Hammond (1946), LaPorte (1948), and Michigan City (1949). By 1967, students could earn baccalaureate degrees at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond and Purdue University North Central in Westville.

In 2014 Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central jointly announced plans to unify their campuses into a single university to be called Purdue University Northwest. Unification was officially approved by the Higher Learning Commission on March 4, 2016.[1][2][3][4]


The Hammond campus is a residential campus covering 167 acres (67.6 ha). It is located 25 miles (40.2 km) from downtown Chicago.

The Westville campus is located on 268 acres (108.5 ha) in rural LaPorte County near along U.S. Highway 421. This location has three academic buildings and a veterinary emergency facility. The grounds the Westville campus have Shakespeare's Garden adjacent to a picturesque pond, tennis courts, an eighteen hole disc golf course, a baseball diamond, and four outdoor basketball courts.

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  1. ^ Thomas Keon. "GUEST COMMENTARY: Unifying Northwest Indiana for excellence". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Merging Purdue campuses seek nickname". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Purdue Northwest picked as name of merged campuses". Pharos-Tribune. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Joseph S. Pete (March 5, 2016). "Purdue University Northwest now officially exists". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 

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