Purdue University Northwest

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,915
1.65% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$10,279
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
5.18%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
30.3%
5,301 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
9,363
58.4% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
42%
597 Graduates

About

Purdue University Northwest is a higher education institution located in Lake County, IN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Purdue University Northwest were Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing (555 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (100 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (77 degrees).

In 2020, 2,335 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Purdue University Northwest. 59.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,413 degrees), 3.85 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (367 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Purdue University Northwest is $6,915, which is $−15,615 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Purdue University Northwest is $6,915, which is $−15,615 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,279.

In 2020, 57% of undergraduate students attending Purdue University Northwest received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 33% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,915
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Purdue University Northwest was $6,915. The cost of tuition at Purdue University Northwest is $−15,615 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$10,279
2020 Value
1.2%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Purdue University Northwest had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,279. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Purdue University Northwest grew by 1.2%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,783
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Purdue University Northwest was of $7,783 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 1.61% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

57%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
33%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

57% of undergraduate students at Purdue University Northwest received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 3.64% with respect to 2019, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.18%
2018 Default Rate
121
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Purdue University Northwest was 5.18%, which represents 121 out of the 2335 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Purdue University Northwest received 5,301 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 6.51% annual decline. Out of those 5,301 applicants, 1,605 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 30.3% acceptance rate.

There were 9,363 students enrolled at Purdue University Northwest in 2020, and 75% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Purdue University Northwest has an overall enrollment yield of 68.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

30.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,605
Accepted Out of 5,301

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Purdue University Northwest was 30.3% (1,605 admissions from 5,301 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 28.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −6.51%, while admissions declined by −0.926%.

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SAT Scores

75%
Submission Percentage
829
Scores Submitted

75% of enrolled first-time students at Purdue University Northwest in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Purdue University Northwest has a total enrollment of 9,363 students. The full-time enrollment at Purdue University Northwest is 5,465 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,898. This means that 58.4% of students enrolled at Purdue University Northwest are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Purdue University Northwest, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.2% White, 21.5% Hispanic or Latino, 9.95% Black or African American, 2.96% Asian, 2.78% Two or More Races, 0.214% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.128% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Purdue University Northwest in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (29.4%), followed by White Male (27.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (21.8%), followed by White Male (12.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

58.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Purdue University Northwest, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,363 students. The full-time enrollment at Purdue University Northwest is 5,465 and the part-time enrollment is 3,898. This means that 58.4% of students enrolled at Purdue University Northwest are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Purdue University Northwest was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Purdue University Northwest had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,449
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,009
  3. Black or African American
    932

The enrolled student population at Purdue University Northwest is 58.2% White, 21.5% Hispanic or Latino, 9.95% Black or African American, 2.96% Asian, 2.78% Two or More Races, 0.214% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.128% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 116 students (1.24%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 441 more women than men received degrees from Purdue University Northwest. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Purdue University Northwest is white (1,413 degrees awarded). There were 3.85 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (367 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Purdue University Northwest is Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing (555 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (100 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (77 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Purdue University Northwest, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (201 degrees), and Human Sciences (46 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Purdue University Northwest are Registered nurses (1,328,677 people), Other managers (467,696 people), Software developers (399,494 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (332,267 people), and Civil engineers (253,321 people).

The most specialized majors at Purdue University Northwest are Engineering Technologies (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (201 degrees), Human Sciences (46 degrees), Health (744 degrees), and Communications (80 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Purdue University Northwest are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Purdue University Northwest are Engineering Technologies (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (201 degrees), Human Sciences (46 degrees), Health (744 degrees), and Communications (80 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Purdue University Northwest are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,557,758 people), Computer Systems Design (520,682 people), Elementary & secondary schools (479,310 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (427,026 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (394,113 people).

The most specialized majors at Purdue University Northwest are Engineering Technologies (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (201 degrees), Human Sciences (46 degrees), Health (744 degrees), and Communications (80 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Purdue University Northwest.

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Purdue University Northwest was Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing with 555 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

947
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,388
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 947 degrees were awarded to men at Purdue University Northwest, which is 0.682 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,388).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 84 degrees were awarded to men at Purdue University Northwest in Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing, which is 0.178 times less than the 471 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 471 degrees were awarded to women at Purdue University Northwest in Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing, which is 5.61 times more than the 84 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%
100% Completion Time
37%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 16% of students graduating from Purdue University Northwest completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 37% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 40% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (71.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Purdue University Northwest is Female and Asian (71.4% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.503% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,413 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    367 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    187 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Purdue University Northwest is white (1,413 degrees awarded). There were 3.85 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (367 degrees).

1.28% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    893 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    520 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    214 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Purdue University Northwest is white female (893 degrees awarded). There were 1.72 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (520 degrees).

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Operations

Purdue University Northwest has an endowment valued at nearly $36M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.48M (12.4%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Purdue University Northwest had a total salary expenditure of $145M. Purdue University Northwest employs 92 Associate professors, 79 Professors, and 55 Assistant professors. Most academics at Purdue University Northwest are Male Professors (53), Male Associate professors(53), and Female Associate professors (39).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Purdue University Northwest are: Office and Administrative Support, with 138 employees, Management, with 98 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 84 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$36M
2020 Endowment
20.1%
growth from 2019

Purdue University Northwest has an endowment valued at about $36M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Purdue University Northwest grew 20.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.59M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.95M - Federal
  2. $703k - State
  3. $6.22k - Local

As of 2020, Purdue University Northwest received $4.95M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $703k from state grants and contracts, and $6.22k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$70.4M
2020 Salaries
1.93%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Purdue University Northwest paid a median of $70.4M in salaries, which represents 48.6% of their overall expenditure ($145M) and a 1.93% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.51% decline from 2018 and a 5.43% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$21.6M
Instructional Salaries
267
Number of Employees

In 2020, Purdue University Northwest paid a total of $21.6M to 267 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
92 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
138 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Purdue University Northwest were Associate professor with 92 employees; Professor with 79 employees; and Professor with 55 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Purdue University Northwest were Office and Administrative Support with 138 employees; Management with 98 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 84 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Purdue University Northwest was Male Professor with 53 employees, Male Associate professor with 53 employees, and Female Associate professor with 39 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Purdue University Northwest.

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