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Located in Hammond, Indiana, Purdue University Northwest is a public institution. Hammond is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

93 Undergraduate Degrees
52 Graduate Degrees
$24,730 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
35% Acceptance Rate

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Purdue University Northwest Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Purdue Northwest.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#29 Best Value General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#150 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Purdue University Northwest?

Contact details for Purdue Northwest are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2200 169Th Street, Hammond, IN 46323
Phone: 219-989-2400

How Do I Get Into Purdue Northwest?

You can apply to Purdue Northwest online at:

Admission Requirements for Purdue Northwest

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Purdue Northwest?

35% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
Purdue Northwest has a fairly low acceptance rate of 35%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 38%, and the acceptance rate for women is 32%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Purdue Northwest submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Purdue University Northwest  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Purdue University Northwest  ( 480 to 580 )
Purdue Northwest received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Purdue University Northwest  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Purdue University Northwest  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Purdue University Northwest  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford Purdue University Northwest?

$24,730 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
8.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Purdue Northwest is $24,730. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Purdue Northwest, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $4,992 a year. That adds up to $19,968 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Purdue Northwest is 8.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Purdue University Northwest Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,561 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,106 undergraduate students at Purdue Northwest, with 5,561 being full-time and 3,545 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Purdue Northwest

There are also 900 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,561 full-time undergraduates at Purdue Northwest, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Purdue Northwest

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Purdue University Northwest students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Purdue Northwest Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 126
Black or African American 517
Hispanic or Latino 1,235
White 3,178
International Students 251
Other Races/Ethnicities 254

Online Learning at Purdue University Northwest

1,549 Took All Classes Online
4,245 Took At Least One Class Online
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Purdue Northwest. In 2017-2018, 4,245 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Purdue Northwest has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 18th most popular in Indiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Purdue University Northwest Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Elementary Education 77 0 0 77
General Education 0 6 46 52
Early Childhood Education 9 0 0 9
Secondary Education 7 0 0 7
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 0 0
General Special Education 0 0 0 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 93 6 46 145


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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