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PNW’s enrollment holds steady with jump in international students

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Purdue University Northwest's overall enrollment may have held steady, but its international student population grew by about 43%.

Its graduate program enrollment also increased by 5.7%. Cohorts in biological sciences; business administration; computer science, education; nursing; and technology all grew in size.

“Enrollment data for 2023-24 show that motivated students continue to view Purdue Northwest as an excellent choice to attain a high-quality college education and enhance their lifelong career opportunities,” said PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon in a press release. “It is also clear that continued investment in PNW’s advanced degree programs are attracting talented minds who want to earn additional credentials, grow their skills and improve their professional competitive advantage.”

PNW's undergraduate enrollment was down by 2.8% compared to fall 2022. The decline was attributed to the national term “demographic cliff,” which is used to describe the trend of fewer college-going age people attending college; and a decline in the number of Indiana students attending college.

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 53% of Indiana’s high school graduating class of 2020 chose to go to college, down 65% from 2015.

The university's international student population grew to 489 students, the highest number since 2018. They represent 50 countries.

PNW’s University Village was at capacity for campus housing for the second consecutive year. The campus has space for more than 750 students to live on campus. Most of its students commute.

Overall university enrollment is 8,679, which includes new and continuing students and high school dual credit enrollees. Of note, Illinois transfer students increased for the second consecutive year.

PNW has campuses in Hammond and Westville.

Caption: Purdue Northwest’s fall census shows steady core enrollment, including increases in graduate and international student populations. (Photo provided by PNW)


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