Purdue University-North Central Campus


Purdue University North Central Campus is one of four campuses in Indiana’s Purdue University system. At Purdue, students will find the personal attention and hands-on experience they need to achieve their life’s goals. A dedicated faculty is responsible for providing students with “an experience that you’ll remember.” Located in Westville, IN, PNC was relocated from Michigan City in 1967 and currently sits on 268 beautiful acres.

PNC prides itself in being the home to their own Sculpture Garden. The exhibits change throughout the year and feature student artwork as well as those created by faculty and feature artists.

Over 4,000 students attend PNC with the mission to learn, discover, and engage. PNC strives to become the regional center of excellence for information, education, economic development, and culture.

Purdue University North Central is accredited by both the North Central Association and The Higher Learning Commission.


Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Indiana and 1689th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 69.8
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $9,092
Admission Success rate 72%
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 23 / 1050
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 25 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 61% / 45%
Enrollment Total (all students) 6,102


Students at Purdue University North Central may choose from two master’s degree programs, earn a myriad of bachelor’s and associate degrees, or take courses to prepare them for transfer to West Lafayette or other campuses. Certificate programs are also available to students who are seeking continuing education or training for their fields or industries.

Students may earn degrees from four schools as follows:

College of Business

The College of Business offers students bachelors degree opportunities as well as an MBA program. The faculty at PNC are aware that the world of business changes on a daily basis and strive to provide students with courses that are relevant to rapid progress in technology, innovation, invention, and communication. By the end of their studies, students are equipped to assume leadership roles in a dynamic and competitive economy.

College of Engineering and Technology

PNC’s College of Engineering and Technology offers students with courses that center around Computer and Information Tecchnology, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and the like. Classes are small in this College as professors believe in meeting all academic needs of their students.

College of Liberal Arts

Purdue University North Central’s College of Liberal Arts provides students with the foundation of a high-quality university education. Eight degree areas are offered through the College:

  • BA in English
  • BA in Communication
  • BA in Behavioral Sciences – Psychology or Sociology
  • BA in Liberal Studies
  • BA in Social Work
  • BA in Early Childhood Education
  • BA in Elementary Education
  • BS in Secondary Education – Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics

College of Science

The College of Science encompasses three different departments which offer degree programs to students. They include the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics, and the Department of Nursing.


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Students wishing to apply for admissions to PNC need to meet the following requirements:

  • Obtained an Indiana Core 40 or Academic Honors high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a class rank in the upper half
  • Scored at least 1400 on the SAT or 20 on the ACT

In addition, students graduating from any of Indiana’s high schools as of 2012 are also required to pass their End of Course Assessments.

The Enrollment Service Admissions Team at Purdue University North Central utilize a holistic approach to admitting students into their school. As a result, they have a strong belief that a student’s cumulative high school GPA is not the only determining factor for acceptance. All factors are considered when the team decides which students will be admitted into PNC’s prestigious system.

Financial Aid

Roughly 63% of PNC students take advantage of around $15 million in Financial Aid awarded each year. Grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study opportunities are available to all students. Most award types are based on needs and academic achievement.

Students interested in applying for financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA online. In order to ensure consideration for state grants, the FAFSA must be filed by March 1st.

PNC is also a part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program, which allows students from Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Indiana to enroll in participating institutions at reduced tuition levels.

Student Financial Aid Details

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At Purdue University North Central, student services are administered through the Dean of Students. PNC offers students with a myriad of activities to participate in, structured as clubs and organizations. The clubs and organizations focus on a range of topics from a variety of sports to industry-specific groups.

PNC offers students with a unique off-campus housing development known as University Village, located across the street from the academic buildings. At the complex, students are able to enjoy an outdoor, heated pool, club lounges with fireplaces and wide-screen TVs, a game room, a state-of-the-arts fitness center, and a beach volleyball court. The units have two or three bedrooms with private baths. Fully equipped kitchens are also part of the floor plans. Students can take advantage of full-size washers in each apartment.

A unique service provided to not just students but to faculty and staff as well is on-campus child care. PNC’s Child Care Center meets needs of those who are juggling full time careers and educations with raising children.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Purdue University North Central Panthers compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or NAIA program. In addition, they are a part of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Victory Sports Network. Men at PNC may participate in basketball, baseball, and golf. Women are able to enjoy softball and volleyball. There is also a cheerleading squad and opportunities for students to try out for the mascot’s role.


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