Purdue University Northwest Reviews

  • 28 Reviews
  • Hammond (IN)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,948
77% of 28 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 28 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 8/7/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I had an excellent experience at Purdue University Northwest (PNW). I arrived shortly after the merger, and felt that there was a cohesiveness to the campus. My courses were at the Westville campus, which is a beautifully quiet and quaint campus that is super safe. I decided to continue with my undergrad at PNW for the location, cost, and small class sizes. They are updating certain buildings and making it more modern! I have had classes in each of the buildings, and find them to be comfortable. As for the program, I had difficulty with choosing courses as the Behavioral Science degree is a combination of psychology, anthropology, sociology, and social work. I took some very difficult courses, and I was able to take some incredibly easy courses as well. The professors have all been very helpful and knew all their student's names, which was really nice. I hate being 'a number' in a group; if I had any issue whatsoever with any of my classes I was able to talk to the professors without worry. There are tons of resources and departments there to help students; you just have to ask for help. There's tons of seminars and presentations offered on campus, the Student Gov/ Activities board tries to do multiple events to get participation on campus. I would recommend this school to anyone, but especially for non traditional students; the work/life balance is pretty fair."
Jazmin Villicana
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2019
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"I graduated with a graduate certificate in Early Childhood Development. I enjoyed the program. The professors in my department did a great job at equipping me for my position. I use some of their lessons currently and still own the books because they are a great reference. Furthermore, I have been able to keep in contact with one of my professor's and she has been such great assistance to me even though she did not have to as I am no longer a student. She has helped me by responding in a timely manner, being a reference and offering me sound advice when I asked."
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2019
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I was very pleased with the online RN to BSN program offered at PNW. The classes are entirely online using the Blackboard platform and combine reading, videos, and the internet to teach nursing concepts. The classes are usually 5 weeks in length, which was perfect as it made the classes progress quickly without seeming overwhelming. I worked full-time while completing the program in about a year and a half. It definitely requires a commitment to study and complete assignments as well as time management. I found both faculty and staff very responsive to questions and concerns and issues were often resolved quickly through email and/or a phone call. Class syllabuses and assignments were clear and made it easy to tailor my work to achieve the best grades. Coaches in each class were readily available and provided support and encouragement. I recommend this program to expand on practical nursing knowledge to gain a global perspective into topics such as nursing research, leadership, and holistic patient care. By integrating the concepts learned in this program, I feel that I can better serve my patients in my daily practice."
Rebecca Richardson
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"My experience at PNW was that of a positive one. Teachers were extremely polite and helpful throughout my academic journey. There was such a comforting and family atmosphere when walking the halls of Purdue. Not only were the staff friendly, but the other students who attended the university were friendly as well. Class sizes were smaller and this lead to more one on on time with the professor. They were able to get to know their students and help them to the best of their ability. They wanted to provide students with the best experience possible but also prepare them for the real world."
Elizabeth Day
  • Reviewed: 4/25/2018
  • Degree: Chemistry
"I transferred to Purdue Calumet University, after leaving the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC). I had failed my first science course of my life, and realized that UIC was not the school for me. They did not have resources, staff, or the personality to be able to work with students who needed a little more guidance. I found that when I went to Purdue's science admissions counselor they were great with directing me, helping me choose the appropriate classes that were necessary for me to graduate. Also, they made recommendations on professors that were more personable and knowledgeable about certain disciplines. They made me feel at home and always had their doors open, whenever I had questions. My professors were the best I have ever had. Every professor I had, was happy to talk after class, during their office hours, and through email. Most of the professors were very understanding that many students had to work, and were willing to meet on off hours. I became very close with the head of the math, science and physics department, he has been a professional and personal reference for many jobs and academic opportunities I have pursued over the years. We still keep in contact and he was references for one of my medical school recommendation letters. Making the transition from UIC to Purdue Calumet was one of the best choices I ever made, it is the reason why I am continuing to further my education; after completing my BS in chemistry, I completed my MPH (Masters of Public Health), as well as moving on to pursuing a degree in medicine. I would recommend any student who is motivated, engaged, and really wants to see who they can become to give Purdue Calumet a chance. You will meet some awesome folks there, that are willing to go the extra mile."
Don't go here
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2018
  • Degree: Chemistry
"Don't go here, they will change your degree plan in the sake of the merger and stop offering classes you need to graduate. They'll recommend a change of major and still try to get you to attend the other campus that's over 40 miles away. If you do a grad program, you're asked to split your time between campuses."
Bob Brody
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I transferred to PNW this year.The school is a commuter school. Like going to HS,The campus is a joke.No place to eat after 6pm.No school spirit. Most students go home for the weekend. Absolutely nothing to do on campus,the sport teams could be beaten by any good high school clubs. If you do not mind staying on campus for 5 hrs this is the school for you, if you are looking for a college experience stay far away."
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"Purdue University Northwest was a fantastic school to earn my Bachelor's degree. I received a good education at a fraction of the cost of other universities. Classes are small, so professors really do get the chance to get to know you as a person and student. With my psychology major, I was able to intern at a site where I eventually want to work, and was able to get research experience through their Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Lab. Even though Purdue University Northwest (PNW) was a smaller, satellite school of Purdue University, I feel as though I was able to accomplish all of my undergraduate goals and more. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to stay local for school, and anyone who wants to work while in school. Scheduling is flexible, and there are two different campus sites for students to choose from, making it easier to commute from work or home."
Mauri Lamanuzzi
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"I enjoyed attending Purdue University Northwest! The University is a smaller campus but still a really nice and modern school. The professors are dedicated to promoting the best learning environment for their students. Professors challenge students to help them grow and learn in their major. The students and campus have a certain culture that is so welcoming and truly add to the experience of being a student there. Diversity is something that Purdue promotes and it is very welcoming to be part of a school that is so accepting of all people. I did live off campus and commuted everyday to school but I always felt so connected to the college. The psychology department is wonderful and the experience they provide for the students is one that is unique as I frequently discuss with others in the same field. I highly recommend this school especially the psychology program!"
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2017
  • Degree: Network Security
"Great school enjoyed the students and most of the staff the IT department is filled with very poor instructors I learned more on Google and YouTube then most of the IT instructors. The campus is very nice decent class rooms, minus some of the older rooms that really need some work. The financial aid department is a mess, the student workers gave me incorrect information several times caused issue after issue."
Paula Dunnett
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2017
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"Purdue University Northwest is an innovative leader in the field of Education. Even though it's considered a satellite campus, it features all of the amenities of a large university. The faculty and programs are top-notch, preparing learners for success in an ever-changing society."
Heather Love
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"Purdue University Calumet is a small but active campus. The faculty at this university are dedicated and caring. The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Purdue Calumet is one of the best programs in the country, and prepared me well for my career. The faculty had great investment in the students and the benefits are clear."
Taylor Lager
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"The biology department at Purdue, the calumet campus, was amazing. Small classroom size so once into upper level classes it felt like a family. I loved my time at Purdue and was able to stay at home and work to save money. You can go into any professors office hours and talk to them pretty much about anything."
Yolanda Angelica Casillas
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2017
  • Degree: Construction Management
"Purdue University Calumet's Construction Program had numerous professors who do not teach well, required books that we never used, carried unprofessional relationships w/students. If you are seeking a construction degree, I personally recommend taking construction classes at their main campus. The other programs at Purdue Northwest (current name) such as psychology, engineering and creative communication are outstanding. The professor's in that field of study are caring and understanding. The classes are challenging and you definitely will use the books. I read every single page in all my psychology classes."
Alexis Luna
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
"I am a Human Development and Family Studies: Gerontology graduate. I would say that professors are very willing to help a student when asked. Classes vary from lecture halls to smaller student numbers of 15-25. I felt very prepared for my career and felt safe in my environment."
Kristen Uskert
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2016
  • Degree: Business
"Purdue University's extension at the Calumet campus in Hammond, Indiana is a great option for students wanting or needing to stay closer to home or who opt of of the traditional campus lifestyle. In addition to the wealth of resources offered to Purdue students in particular the OWL writing resources, I felt my educational experience in the Business Entrepreneurship program adequately provided an excellent base for those desiring to start a small business. As a non-traditional student who returned to college after years of owning a business, I am fortunate to have had a handful of professors who challenged and altered my thought processes about business practices."
Randyl Rohm
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"Purdue University Northwest, Calumet Campus in the Biological Sciences department has some great faculty members who really care about students and of course, there are the few who will not take the time to help you out. I made it a point to reach out to my instructors and they were really receptive to that and did help me when applying for jobs and even applying to professional programs."
Jennifer Valera
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2015
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"Although the school is located in a smaller town of Northwest Indiana, it is easily accessible and approximately 30 minutes from downtown Chicago."
Emily Melton
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2015
  • Degree: Biology
"I am new this semester, so most of my ratings are based off of first impressions."
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2014
  • Degree: Engineering
"Purdue Calumet is a great satellite campus to the main campus of Purdue University-West Lafayette. Many years ago when I first started there, it was a commuter college that catered to people who worked. Now it has Division III sports, dorms, and very updated computer labs. My favorite thing about Purdue Calumet is that the classes are much smaller than your traditional colleges. I like being able to be in a classroom where my instructor knows my name, and I can see them throughout the day if I have questions and concerns. Being a student in engineering, having access to my instructor was very important. Nearly everything that you can study at the main campus you can study at Purdue Calumet. I also enjoy Chicago being a train trip away."