PNW named among 2024 best Midwest universities by U.S. News & World Report

PNW named among 2024 best Midwest universities by U.S. News & World Report

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) earned recognitions for several undergraduate programs and social mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 annual Best Colleges rankings, released Monday, Sept. 18.

PNW is named as a top regional university in the Midwest and ranked 33 among public institutions. Among regional Midwest universities, PNW is also a top performer in social mobility, a category measuring how well a university graduates Pell Grant recipients.

PNW additionally earned marks for its quality undergraduate programs in Engineering, Nursing, Psychology and Computer Science.

“Purdue University Northwest is recognized again as a top academic destination for motivated students to attain a high-quality college experience,” said PNW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kenneth C. Holford. “PNW is the region’s premier metropolitan university where students and their faculty mentors go beyond the classroom with real-world experiences and applications to deliver impactful change for Northwest Indiana. A PNW education is incredibly valuable for enhancement of student career outcomes and the subsequent investments of energy into our surrounding communities’ futures.”

Highly ranked academic programs

PNW’s School of Engineering ranked 58 nationally among engineering schools whose highest awarded degrees are bachelor’s or master’s.

PNW’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was named 86 nationally among best undergraduate nursing programs, moving up 49 spots from the previous year’s rankings. PNW’s College of Nursing is designated a Center of Nursing Excellence by the National League for Nursing.

PNW’s undergraduate program in Computer Science also was recognized. PNW’s Psychology program was named for the first time in U.S. News & World Report’s best undergraduate psychology programs.

For the full U.S. News regional university listings, please see the U.S. News website.

Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW values academic excellence, supports growth, and celebrates diversity. For more information about PNW, visit