Purdue University Northwest (PNW) once again has been recognized among the best regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released today (Sept. 14, 2020).

PNW ranks 60th nationally among the Best Engineering Programs, of engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

For the first time, PNW is included in the ranking of top performers on social mobility, among regional universities. The social mobility indicator measures how well universities graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.

“Purdue Northwest is committed to helping our students with the greatest financial need achieve their academic goals. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college, and they choose PNW for the range of resources and faculty support they find here,” PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “As a premier metropolitan university, PNW is dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We are proud to be consistently recognized by U.S. News among such significant higher education peers.”

Best Engineering Programs

U.S. News ranks undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs. The rankings are based on surveys of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs. PNW received a 2.9 peer assessment score on a 5-point scale, unchanged from last year, sharing the position with 11 other programs.

The following table shows PNW listed alongside some other comparably-rated engineering programs. (Please note these are not the complete listings. For the full listings please see www.usnews.com/colleges.)

New York Institute of Technology463.0
Grand Valley State University (MI)602.9
Purdue University Northwest602.9
Loyola University Maryland602.9
SUNY Polytechnic Institute – Albany/Utica602.9
Central Michigan University722.8

Best Regional Universities and Best Business Programs

Purdue Northwest is included in the ranking among Midwest regional universities and received a 2.7 peer assessment score on a 5-point scale.

Purdue Northwest’s undergraduate business program has also been rated among the top programs of those accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). U.S. News ranks undergraduate business programs based on surveys of business school deans and senior faculty. PNW received a 2.3 peer assessment score on a 5-point scale.

For the full U.S. News listings, please see www.usnews.com/colleges.

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 www.pnw.edu.

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CAPTION:  PNW School of Engineering Department Chair and Professor Nesrin Ozalp discusses the intricacies of a mechanical engineering project with a student. PNW ranks 60th nationally among the Best Engineering Programs by U.S. News and World Report.