Purdue Northwest understands the key role guidance counselors and advisors play in the college application process. This section has important information as well as helpful links that will assist you with getting your students prepared. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our admissions staff.
Freshman Admission Standards
- Graduate with a minimum Core 40 Diploma
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Meet the minimum ACT/SAT score set by Purdue Northwest
Should Students take the ACT or SAT?
Purdue Northwest accepts both the ACT and SAT tests. There is no preference for either test; however the writing portion of the ACT is a requirement for a student to be admitted into the university. Be sure to inform students that are interested in applying and have taken the ACT to be sure to take the writing portion as well.
We suggest that students take the ACT/SAT more than once. For the ACT we will take the best composite score. For the SAT, we will take the highest individual score from each of three sections (math, writing, and critical reading).
Degree Seeking Application Deadlines:
- Summer 2017: May 1, 2017 at 4 PM with classes beginning May 16, 2017
- Fall 2017: August 1, 2017 with classes beginning August 22, 2017
Non-Degree Seeking Application Deadlines:
- Summer 2017: May 20, 2017
- Fall 2017: August 26, 2017
Steps to Apply
First Time College Student:
The following documents need to be submitted to apply for admission:
- A completed Application for Admission (PDF) or Apply Online
- $25 Nonrefundable Application Fee
- An Official High School Transcript or GED Scores (if applicable)
- Results from either the ACT or SAT tests
EXCEPTION: For applicants who have graduated from high school one year or more, the appropriate placement test results from the university’s Testing Services Center will substitute for SAT or ACT scores.
- Completed application for admission, with a non-refundable undergraduate student application processing fee of $55. Application for Admission (PDF) or Apply Online
- Send us their official college transcript(s) from each institution attended.
- Official high school transcript and/or, GED scores, if applicant completed less than 24 college level credits from regionally accredited college or university.
- College transcripts can be sent directly to: Office of Admissions, Purdue Northwest – Hammond Campus, 2200 169th St., Hammond, IN 46323. Or, can be sent via email to email@example.com.
Indiana Core 40
Core 40 became Indiana’s required high school curriculum in Fall 2007. As of Fall 2011, a Core 40 high school diploma is required for entrance to any four-year public Indiana college/university. In addition to considering high school courses, Purdue Northwest will continue to use other factors such as grade point average, class rank, trends in achievement, honor courses, and test scores when reviewing applications for admission. We will evaluate applicants on an individual basis and in relation to their requested major.
15 to Finish Indiana
Purdue Northwest is a proud supporter of the “15 to Finish” campaign. Counselors: this campaign pushes for students to take/pass 15 credit hours each semester of their college career so that they will graduate on time (in 4 years). Following this plan will save time and money for both students and parents alike.
High School Directory Update Form
Counselors, please use the form provided to update us of any changes that have been made in regards to your school’s staff, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. It is very important that we have updated information so that our communication is as efficient as possible. There’s an online link as well as a link to the PDF version of the Update Form for you to fill out and submit the new information.
Online version | PDF version
TransferIN.net is a very resourceful site that gives valuable information to both advisors and counselors about the transfer process. Please utilize this site to assist you when working with transfer students. It will help you and your students learn more about college admissions, financial aid, dual credit and much more.
Indiana Core Transfer Library
To enable you to transfer college credits, Indiana has developed the Core Transfer Library (CTL) – a list of courses that will transfer among all Indiana public college and university campuses, assuming adequate grades. All Core Transfer Library Courses will meet the general education or free elective requirements of undergraduate degree programs, and a significant majority of CTL courses will also count as one-on-one equivalents to courses taught at your new campus.
Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment
Purdue Northwest offers opportunities to high-achieving high school students to start working on their Purdue degree while still in high school! Learn more about our dual credit/concurrent enrollment program. (to link)
All Purdue Northwest first-time-in-college applicants are automatically considered for some PNW scholarships and are awarded based on the requirements of the donor, qualifications of the student, and fund availability. In general, there is no separate scholarship application required.
However, certain scholarships require that students complete an application specific to that scholarship in order to be considered. Transfer students can apply for Transfer Scholarships through the Office of Admissions.
- Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver (PDF)
- Application for High School students to enroll in classes on a PNW campus (PDF)
- Advanced Placement Equivalency Chart
- Indiana Department of Education
- Illinois State Board of Education
- Michigan Department of Education
- State of Wisconsin Education