Purdue University Calumet opened in Hammond, Indiana in 1946. Since 1951 Purdue University Calumet in Calumet, Indiana has been offering classes at its current site, and by 1967 Purdue University Calumet (PUC) had awarded its first two-year degree. Set just 25 miles southeast of downtown Chicago, and three miles east of the Illinois border, this public university awards its more than 10,000 students Purdue baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, and professional certificates. Students elect from just short of 100 different fields of study, and many elect to enter traditionally strong Purdue programs like engineering technologies, professional programs of nursing, management/business & education, natural, behavioral & social sciences, communications, and liberal arts. There is an emphasis on combining classroom and applied learning to give students an experiential learning experience. Internship, cooperative education, research study abroad, service learning, practica, and design projects are all encouraged for undergraduate students. PUC makes a point of emphasizing current research amongst its professors, and maintains a 23-to-1 student to faculty ratio.
Purdue University Calumet celebrates its ethnic diversity and international student body, with more than 600 international students enrolled per academic year. This goes hand in hand with its community involvement, giving both international and local students the opportunity to get involved with area partner organizations like the Energy Efficiency & Reliability Center, the Indiana Center for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, the Center for Global Studies, the Institute for Social and Policy Research, the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, and the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center.
At the graduate level, the Graduate School at Purdue University Calumet offers programs which cater to not only graduate students but their employers. PUC graduate courses target a wide variety of career paths and ages. Masters degrees and programs of graduate student are offered in accountancy, biology, communication, education, engineering, English, history, Masters of business administration, mathematics, nursing and the new technology program.