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Purdue University-Calumet Campus

Purdue University-Calumet Campus Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes)

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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.

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Students wishing to apply to Purdue University Calumet may fill out an application online, download a paper application, or request that a paper application be sent in the mail. Next, students should complete the financial aid process, and wait to receive a letter of acceptance. After meeting with the student’s academic advisor, he or she should register for classes, and elect a payment option.

Degree-seeking applicants to Graduate School master’s degree or educational specialist degree programs must apply online for months before the start of the semester for which they wish to enroll and pay the application fee. Applicants must then send their specific department three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, two official transcripts for all college and university work completed, any further departmental requirements, and GRE or GMAT results as required by department.

Basic criteria for admissions into any graduate program are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a graduation index of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, academic ability for graduate work, and completion of any additional departmental requirements.

Financial Aid

When undergraduate students submit their applications to Purdue University Calumet, they may already qualify for certain academic scholarships, especially high achieving high school students from the state of Illinois. Such students may earn up to $30,000 by meeting certain standards through a Chancellor’s Scholarship, a Best & Brightest Scholarship, or an Honors Scholarship including funding to study abroad.

Scholarships that do require separate application include, but are not limited to the Strack & VanTil Scholarship, the Christenson Chevrolet Scholarship, the Legends Scholarship, the Paul Danko Memorial Scholarship and the School of Management Merit Scholarship Application.

Students wishing to apply for financial aid should request a PIN and completed and submit the FAFSA. This will give the student the opportunity to earn federal, state, and institutional financial aid, like grants, loans, need-based scholarships, work-study opportunities, and partial fee remissions. Students may also qualify for aid under the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana, and should contact a financial aid counselor directly to determine eligibility.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4629th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at Purdue University Calumet enjoy a wide range of student activities and participate in many student clubs and organizations like the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Amateur Radio Society, the Fine Arts Student Association, Los Latinos, the Nursing Club, Psi Chi, the Student Employee Organization, and the Secular Student Alliance. Students read and/or contribute to the PUC student newspaper The Chronicle. To just get together, relax and hang out, PUC students head to the Game Room inside the Student Union & Library Building’s TV Lounge.

To get some much needed studying done, students take advantage of the library’s Study Central space featuring special facilities and extended hours. Study Central amenities include Wi-Fi internet, computer labs, a dining area with group study spaces, small group meeting spaces, open classrooms, copy machines, vending machines and an ATM machine.

For other types of support, students turn to Student Support Services, offering tutoring, academic counseling, financial literacy resources, referrals, workshops, reading & writing assistance, study skills & test anxiety assistance, and computer readiness training.

As a residential campus, Purdue University Calumet offers apartment-style, private bedroom housing for nearly 400 students. Students should contact the Housing & Residential Education Office if wishing to stay in the University Village. Housing is fully furnished, offers high-speed internet connectivity, satellite TV, laundry rooms, quiet study areas, utilities, and organized social activities. The Director of Housing and Residential Education also maintains a list of nearby off-campus housing which students may access upon request, or via the off-campus housing webpage.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Students are provided a campus fitness center which holds regular hours, and offers specialty fitness classes. Additionally, students may elect to participate in a wide range of traditional and wacky intramural sports and activities like volleyball, flag football, baking, eating competitions, Frisbee golf, texting, 8-ball, floor hockey, home run derby, dodgeball, bocce ball, badminton, bean bag tossing, field goal kicking and more.

The gold & black Peregrines field NAIA Division II intercollegiate sports teams in men’s and women’s basketball, and play in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Information Summary

Ranks 27th in Indiana and 1046th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 8 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.05
Arrest 3 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 309 0.38
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 9 0.01
Forcible Rape 45 0.06
Robbery 184 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,032 1.27
Larceny 2,303 2.83
Vehicle theft 484 0.60

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Hammond, IN 46323-2094
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population23,624 (23,624 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,265 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,229
Families6,132 (3.15 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1801

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1352nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,887 $5,887 $14,109
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $643 $643 $643
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $237 $237 $535
FT Graduate Tuition $5,225 $5,225 $11,508
FT Graduate Required Fees $338 $338 $338
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $288 $288 $614
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,221 $21,221 $29,563
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,004 $22,004 $30,346
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,775 $13,775 $22,117

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,336 $6,494 $6,336 $6,494 $14,313 $14,672
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,544
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,515 $7,717
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,881 $5,027
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,866 $8,094
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,329 $5,488
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,329 $5,488

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,591 (1,233 male / 1,358 female)
Admitted 1,571 (784 male / 787 female)
Admission rate 61%
First-time Enrollment 827 (447 male / 380 female)
FT Enrollment 792 (431 male / 361 female)
PT Enrollment 35 (16 male / 19 female)
Total Enrollment9,422

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

Applicants submitting ACT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0

SAT Test Admission

927th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 68%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity744
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,325
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 153 185 241 38 8 1,166 124 1,937
Accounting 7 4 5 2 16 1 35
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 1
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 4 9 13
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 4 9 4 33 55
Business Administration and Management, General 20 16 31 6 1 100 6 182
Business/Commerce, General 13 15 1 1 43 74
Chemistry, General 7 7
Child Care and Support Services Management 4 1 9 2 16
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering, General 2 3 1 1 10 17
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 2
Computer Science 1 3 4 8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 2 2 6 1 11 1 23
Economics, General
Education, General 5 16 60 4 85
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 10 6 1 123 3 145
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 8 1 5 14 2 30
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 15 5 1 1 14 1 37
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 1 1
Elementary Education and Teaching
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1
Engineering, General 37 2 1 1 3 44
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management 24 6 2 5 26 3 67
English Language and Literature, General 7 5 28 2 43
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 2 10 7 19
General Studies 2 5 1 8
History, General 1 25 3 29
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 1 4 5
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 4 11 1 34 2 53
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Human Development and Family Studies, General 23 7 34 2 66
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 3 2 3 8
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician 3 4 7
Management Information Systems and Services, Other 2 2 1 5
Mathematics, General 4 8 1 14
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 1
Mechanical Engineering 2 3 16 1 23
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 21 2 13 4 40
Operations Management and Supervision 6 4 14 24
Philosophy 1 4 5
Physical Sciences 2 3
Physics, General 4 1 5
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 5 23 2 37
Psychology, General 1 7 30 41
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 38 33 11 2 317 77 481
Robotics Technology/Technician 1 2 1 3 7
Social Sciences, General
Sociology 4 4 15 25
Special Education and Teaching, General 16 2 18
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 17 20 1 1 52 2 99
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 7 2 18 28

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1224th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,737 ($76,152 male / $62,604 female)
Number of FT Faculty 234 (122 male / 112 female)
Number of PT Faculty 430
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $10,446,128

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