Purdue University-Calumet Campus: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree programs Purdue University Calumet offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

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About Purdue University Calumet

Established in 1946, Purdue University's Calumet campus (PUC) spans 17 buildings over 167 acres. The public university is located in Hammond, IN, roughly 25 miles from Chicago.

PUC prides itself on a diverse campus community, with minorities making up approximately one-third of the student population and an enrollment of nearly 600 students from around the world.

The university's undergraduate engineering program has received national attention and was ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Several programs in the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, including computer science and biotechnology, are not available anywhere else in the region, and the School of Technology offers the first Mechatronics Engineering Technology bachelor's degree program in the nation.


The university offers more than 100 associate's, bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs throughout 7 schools. Several courses and degree programs are available online through the school's Distance Learning program. Students can also get involved with 12 research centers and more than 50 student organizations.

The most popular major among undergraduates is business, while among graduate students it's engineering. PUC also offers degrees in numerous other subjects, including teacher preparation, behavioral sciences, nursing, and construction science.

All students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program must participate in two Experiential Learning courses. This requirement can be satisfied through internships, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, and other hands-on projects.


Prospective undergraduates may apply on the university's website after completing their junior year of high school. Applications for the fall semester are due in early August, and students must submit a high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants may also send advanced placement (AP) scores to the school for potential course credit.

Out of nearly 4,000 applicants in 2011, 47% were admitted, and 52% of those students enrolled. Approximately 55% of the student body was female, 84% were Indiana residents, and 64% attended full-time. The largest ethnic/racial groups were white (58%), African-American (16%) and Hispanic/Latino (16%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, undergraduate tuition was roughly $209 per credit hour for Indiana residents and $501 for non-residents. Including tuition and fees, housing, books, and other expenses, the university estimated that the total cost of attendance for full-time students living on campus was $21,279 for residents and $29,457 for non-residents.

Applicants are automatically reviewed for university scholarships, and the school also provides an online database of external scholarships. Students may also sign up for the NBS/FACTS tuition payment plan, which allows tuition to be paid in up to five installments.

Graduate tuition was approximately $265 per credit hour for in-state students and $584 for out-of-state students in 2012-2013. Graduate students may be eligible for fellowships and research or teaching assistantships, although these programs can be competitive.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 8,639 undergraduates and 1,147 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Some apartment-style housing available on-campus on a first-come, first-serve basis; university maintains a list of nearby off-campus housing options*
Schools and Programs 7 schools; more than 100 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (127)
Master's: Engineering (84)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 7% in 4 years
28% in 6 years
30% in 8 years (students who started in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 47% in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 69% for full-time and 45% for part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Average score not available, but the middle 50% of Fall 2011 students scored between 430 and 530 in Critical Reading and between 440 and 540 in Math**
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 3 for fall semester*
Tuition Undergraduates: $209.05 per credit hour for Indiana residents and $501.10 for non-residents
Graduates: $265.35 per credit hour for Indiana residents and $584.50 for non-residents (base rates for 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011: Federal grants (42%), state and local grants (24%), institutional grants or scholarships (17%), federal student loans (47%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 77% of full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *Purdue University Calumet, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Purdue University Calumet, Lawshe Hall Room 130, 2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323
  • Phone: (219) 989-2213
  • Website:

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