Purdue University Calumet

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Purdue University Calumet
Purdue University Calumet Logo.svg
Type public coeducational
Established 1946
Endowment $10.6 million[1]
Chancellor Thomas Keon
Academic staff
Students 9,501[1]
Undergraduates 8,491
Postgraduates 1,010
Location Hammond, IN, United States
Campus urban: 194 acres (78.5 ha)
Athletics CCAC) (NAIA DII, 2 basketball teams (men's and women's), and 2 club teams (baseball and softball)
Nickname Peregrines
Mascot Peregrine falcon
Affiliations Purdue University System
Website www.purduecal.edu

Purdue University Calumet is an academically comprehensive and accredited regional institution within the Purdue University system. Its campus is located in the northwest Indiana city of Hammond within the Chicago metropolitan area, 25 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.



Purdue University Calumet students can earn a Purdue University degree in any of 50 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs of study. Purdue Calumet also provides learning opportunities leading to dozens of professional certificates.

Additionally, Purdue University Calumet has formally adopted experiential learning — the structured integration of traditional classroom and textbook learning with the applied learning that occurs within a real world environment — as a requirement of all undergraduate students.

Degree programs are organized within six undergraduate colleges and a graduate school of study:

College of Business

  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Information Systems, Finance, and Business Analytic
  • Department of Marketing, Human Resources, and Management
  • White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

College of Education

  • Department of Teacher Preparation
  • Department of Graduate Studies in Education

College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry and Physics
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

  • Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • Department of Communication and Creative Arts
  • Department of English and Philosophy
  • Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Department of History and Political Science

College of Nursing

College of Technology

  • Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics
  • Department of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership
  • Department of Engineering Technology

Graduate School


Purdue University Calumet as a whole has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1969.[3]

ABET has continuously accredited Purdue University Calumet's following bachelor's degrees since the date listed: Computer Engineering 2004, Construction Technology 1972, Electrical Engineering 1980, Electrical Engineering Technology 1976, Industrial Engineering Technology 1972, Manufacturing Engineering Technology 1994, Mechanical Engineering 1980 and Mechanical Engineering Technology 1972. ABET has continuously accredited Purdue University Calumet's following associates degrees since the date listed: Architectural Technology 1982, Civil Engineering Technology 1972, Electrical Engineering Technology 1972, Industrial Engineering Technology 1972, Manufacturing Engineering Technology 1994, and Mechanical Engineering Technology 1972. p The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and offers programs approved by the state of Indiana.[4]

The College of Business is accredited by International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and North Central Association (NCA).

The College of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing.


Purdue University Calumet first opened for classes at its current site in 1951, after having introduced Purdue University credit classes in Hammond following World War II in 1946. Purdue University Calumet awarded its first baccalaureate degree in the spring of 1967.

In February, 2014, Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central of Westville, Ind. jointly announced plans to unify their respective campuses into a single university to be called Purdue University Northwest. Unification was officially approved by the Higher Learning Commission on March 4, 2016.[5]


Peregrine logo

Purdue University Calumet athletic teams are known as the Peregrines. The university is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

In 2011, students started a campaign to change the school's mascot. Ryan Wozniak, Ismael Cornejo and Matt Virus created a website where students could vote for the mascot they thought best represented Northwest Indiana. The Steelers remained the overwhelming favorite over candidates such as the Rangers, the Warriors, and the Oilers.

See Purdue University System.


  1. ^ "PUC announces record enrollment of 10,133 – News @ Purdue Calumet". Webs.purduecal.edu. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Future Students". Purduecal.edu. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  3. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association". Ncahlc.org. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Joseph S. Pete (March 5, 2016). "Purdue University Northwest now officially exists". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 

Other sources[edit]

  1. 1 endowment "America's Best Colleges 2007". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 

Dune Lorenz "No Love For The Peregrine" http://www.pucchronicle.com/news/view.php/74377/No-love-for-the-Peregrine

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Coordinates: 41°34′55″N 87°28′17″W / 41.581857°N 87.471449°W / 41.581857; -87.471449