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Purdue University North Central

Purdue University North Central
Established 1948 (details)
Type public coeducational
Endowment $0.9 million[1]
Chancellor James B. Dworkin
Students 4,463
Undergraduates 4,379
Postgraduates 84
Location Westville, IN, USA
Campus rural: 305 acres (123.4 ha)
Athletics CCAC (NAIA DII)
Nickname Panthers
Mascot Pounce the Panther
Affiliations Purdue University System

Purdue University North Central is a regional campus within the Purdue University system that is located in rural LaPorte County near Westville in northwestern Indiana.


  • Academics 1
    • Colleges, departments and programs 1.1
    • Accreditation 1.2
  • Campus and student body 2
  • History 3
  • Athletics 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Purdue North Central offers a number certificate programs, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and one master's degree: in Business Administration. Undergraduate students at Purdue North Central can transfer to any other Purdue campuses and complete their degrees there.[2][3][4][5]

For the Fall semester of 2011, Purdue North Central has more than 100 full-time faculty members and over 150 part-time instructors. Over the years, Purdue North Central has graduated more than 8,700 alumni. Most continue to live in Northwest Indiana, but its graduates can be found in 49 states and 7 foreign countries.

Colleges, departments and programs

Purdue North Central recently added new degree programs in Electrical Engineering and Early Childhood Education. As the campus continues to grow and offer new degree programs, it is striving to attract students from across the United States and around the world. Purdue North Central has tuition agreements with many midwestern states, which lowers tuition for many out-of-state students.

The smallest campus in the Purdue system, PNC has often been the fastest growing component of the university. Purdue University North Central is organized into 12 departments, in 4 colleges:[6]

  • College of Business
    • Department of Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Business (multiple concentrations)
    • Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision
      • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision
      • Bachelor of Science in Human Resources
    • Master of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering & Technology
    • Department of Engineering
      • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
      • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
      • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Engineering Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management Technology
      • Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology (BS and AS)
      • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Department of Computer & Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology
  • College of Liberal Arts
    • Department of Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
    • Department of Education
      • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • Bachelor of Science in Post-secondary Education (multiple concentrations)
    • Department of English and Modern Languages
      • Bachelor of Arts in English
    • Department of Social Sciences
      • Bachelors of Arts in History
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • College of Science
    • Department of Biology and Chemistry
      • Bachelor of Science in Biology (multiple concentrations)
    • Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
    • Department of Nursing
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BS or Traditional)


Purdue University North Central as a whole has been accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1971.[7] The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology has continuously accredited Purdue University North Central's bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MT) since 1992, and the following associate degrees since the dates listed: Building Construction Management Technology (BCMT) 2004, Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) 1986, Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) 1986 and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) 1992. In 2010, the baccalaureate programs in Mechanical Engineering (ME), Construction Engineering Management Technology (CEMT) and Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) received their initial accreditation, CEMT and ECET having accreditation retroactive to 2008. Purdue North Central is the only Purdue campus whose ECET Degree is accredited as both an Electrical ET and a Computer ET program.[8] Other individual programs are also accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Campus and student body

Purdue University North Central is located on 268 acres (108.5 ha) in rural LaPorte County near Westville, Indiana along U.S. Highway 421. Purdue University North Central has three academic buildings and a veterinary emergency facility. The grounds of Purdue University North Central have Shakespeare's Garden adjacent to a picturesque pond, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and four outdoor basketball courts.

For the Fall semester of 2009, Purdue North Central has 4,463 students, of which slightly less than half (1,843 students) are from LaPorte County. Female students (2,544; 57%) outnumber male (1,919; 43%) by 32.6%. Almost all are undergraduate students, except for the 84 graduate students in its two master's program. The majority (2,716; 60.9%) are full-time students taking 12 or more credit hours.

There are 725 students (16.2%) identified as ethnic minorities, of which there are 297 (6.7%) African-American; 48 (1%) Asian-American; 223 (5%) Hispanic; 32 (0.7%) Native American; and 125 (2.8%) identified as "other" minorities. The average student age is 25.[9]


History at a glance
Purdue University North Central
was established via the 1967 merger of:
Purdue University Laporte Extension Established: 1948
Location: LaPorte
Purdue University Michigan City Extension Established: 1949
Location: Michigan City

Purdue University North Central's first permanent site in which classes were offered was in John H. Barker's former mansion in 1948 at Michigan City, Indiana, which was donated by his daughter, Catherine Barker Hickox. Purdue University North Central first opened for classes at its current site in 1967 after having started offering classes in LaPorte, Indiana during 1948 and in Michigan City, Indiana during 1949.

In July 2014, it was announced that the Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central campuses would be unified and known as Purdue University Northwest with a target date for completion of July 16, 2016.[10]


The official mascot is the Panther. Prior to the Panthers moniker, Purdue University North Central's moniker for its intercollegiate athletics teams was the Centaurs from 1967 until 2003. Purdue–North Central competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball and golf; while women's sports include cheerleading, softball and volleyball.

See also


  1. ^ "America's Best Colleges 2006". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2006-02-25. 
  2. ^ certificate programs
  3. ^ associate degrees
  4. ^ bachelor's degrees
  5. ^ master's degrees
  6. ^ PNC Academic web page
  7. ^ NCAHLC web site
  8. ^ ABET Accredited Programs details
  9. ^ PNC Quick Facts
  10. ^ "Purdue trustees approve new name for combined local campuses". Time of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
  • Campus map

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