Welcome to PNW
Purdue University Northwest is part of the prestigious Purdue University Graduate School. We follow the policies and procedures of the Purdue Graduate School.
PNW Graduate Studies Office
242 Lawshe Hall
Graduate Studies Office Team
Why Visit Us?
- Provide official transcripts, documents, etc. described in your admission letter
- Provide proof of health insurance for International students
- Drop off fee remission forms for grad staff positions
- We can help with Admissions, plans of study, graduation issues
- email@example.com or phone ext. 2257
Counseling and Advising
Academic program (program of study) can assist you with registration and advising graduate coordinator or faculty advisor can identify which classes are on your degree plan. Self-register through myPNW—but make sure the courses you sign up for will count toward your degree (plan of study)
Graduate Student Handbooks and Information
Program specific handbooks may be available on your department’s website. Academic policies and procedures for the Graduate School can be found in the Purdue catalog:
Students need government issued photo ID and class schedule to get a student ID. If you have a graduate staff position, you need to get your ID through University Facilities. Your PNW undergrad ID is still valid if you are now a graduate student. For non-staff grad students visit SUL 101. For graduate student staff IDs visit UNSV 20.
Student Logins and Email
Single sign-in through myPNW—on the home page (myPNW = portal). Username is also known as your Purdue career account name or Blackboard name. Email from PNW with authentication info was sent after admission email. If you need help with passwords, on the myPNW login page (Click on “Forgot your password?”).
University communications are sent to you through your University email, the official method of communications (firstname.lastname@example.org). Check your email often, information about research award opportunities, registration, events, and deadlines for graduation are sent to your email. Class emails also go to your university email address (Blackboard Learn or MyCourses). To access your email go to gmail.com. Information about your Gmail account is on this page. Gmail (student email) can also be accessed through myPNW.
Financial Aid and Funding
Enrollment Services is in Lawshe Hall, Room 130 (219-989-2301), or can reached at email@example.com. Graduate financial aid/support generally involves scholarships from specific sources, loans, or grad staff and student worker positions. Your employer may also offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit.
Graduate Staff Positions
Positions are offered around campus for teaching, research or other campus functions. Fee remission provides tuition remission (except for flat amount and fees) and small stipend. .25 FTE grad staff position = 10 hrs. work/week. PNW does not offer grad staff positions to all students; start with your home department for info about available positions
Plans of Study-Degree Seeking
Graduate education is controlled by a plan of study or degree requirements which set out which courses you will take to earn your degree, along with any other requirements for graduation/degree. ePOS is the electronic Plan of Study system, and can be found through myPNW portal (Plan of Study Generator) on the Grad School tab. ePOS will be available to new students after about 1 semester of enrollment. ePOS instructions are available on the websites and academic programs also have additional information available. Credit hours required for your program vary by degree Thesis, non-thesis, coursework-based
Graduate students are expected to maintain a B (3.0/4.0) cumulative graduate GPA. Graduate students must have a 3.0 average to graduate. Some programs do not allow C grades on plans of study, some do allow 1-2 Cs. If you do have C grades will need to offset those with A work to maintain 3.0 GPA.
It is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a librarian to learn about the resources that are available to you at the library for your graduate level studies. Many sources are available on line, or through interlibrary loan. Visit the PNW Library site for more information.
Writing resources can also be found on the Writing Center website. Citation Management or Reference Management Software (e.g. EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) either free or purchased may be helpful to you in your studies. Investigate the usefulness of the software and start using early in your studies.
Software may be available at educational discount. Some software titles are available at PWL through ITAP. MacAfee Anti Virus is available through Purdue. Visit Service for Students for more student services.
Technical Support and Customer Service
Students may park in open lots and the parking garage. Gated lots are for employees and require a pass. Some posted faculty/staff spots are open to students after 4:30pm
Summer offerings are available but are more limited. For best selection and availability, register early for summer courses. Summer registration opens in late March.
A Thesis Manual is available for students. Your program can also assist you, Janice Novosel is the thesis coordinator and helps students with thesis deposit. Format Workshops are available for thesis students.
Student Health Center
Visit the Student Health Center website for more Information about the Health Services Center. The Student Health Center is located at Gyte Annex 34 at the Hammond Campus. Pricing for office visits and services, along with clinic hours, are on the website.
The counseling center is located in Gyte 005 at the Hammond Campus and TECH 101 at the Westville campus. Visit theCounseling Center site for more information. Assistance and support with academic, career, personal and interpersonal issues available.
Graduate Student Association
There is a Graduate Students Association which needs interested officers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in an officer position.
Making The Most of Your Time as a Graduate Student
You take the lead in your education. Take the opportunity to really focus in depth on your subject. Graduate courses rely on students for more participation, preparation, presentation, leadership and discussion in classes. Make your studies a priority and plan to do well, make your academics a focus. Take advantage of opportunities to participate in research or presentations. Always learn from your peers. Get to know your professors and faculty advisor. Find the resources here that are helpful in your discipline and visit the libaray.
International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation is mandatory for International Students. See International Programs Office for additional information. Health Insurance is mandatory for international graduate students.