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Purdue University Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN


About This Campus

Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) has high quality programs on a beautiful regional campus. Situated on a 600-acre setting along the St. Joseph River, PFW serves 10,000+ students and offers more than 90 undergraduate degree options. Noted fields of study are: engineering, technology, liberal arts, music, organizational leadership, public and environmental affairs, and art and design. Small class sizes, highly accessible, award-winning professors, and nationally recognized speakers enhance PFW's academic environment. The PFW Mastodons compete in 13 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports, including the renowned men's volleyball program. Student housing offers single, double, triple, and quad apartment suites complete with kitchens, furnishings, and easy access to academic buildings. Free athletic tickets are available for NSE students!

Location Information

Set in the heart of Indiana’s beautiful northeastern woodlands, Fort Wayne is truly a perfect mix of “Hoosier Hospitality” and big city opportunities complemented by a low cost of living. Students coming to PFW will experience several free local activities, such as visiting the nationally recognized local zoo, laser tag, a trampoline park, a fall corn maze, the Johnny Appleseed Festival, outdoor ice skating, theatre and athletic events, and more! All just 2+ hours from Indy, Detroit & Chicago!

Helpful Information

We accept all eligible students, home pay and host pay. Upon acceptance into the PFW NSE program, students will need to successfully complete the PFW application process, including answering behavioral background questions, which may be found at https://www.pfw.edu/offices/registrar/policies/background-screening.html

2019/2020 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | Fort Wayne
Population | 419,453
Enrollment | 12,010
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/16
Spring | 01/7-5/5

Campus Diversity

White | 81%
Black | 4%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 2%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Education, dental, radiography, and nursing.

Enrollment in music classes requires an audition. Business courses at the 300-400 level are limited.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Engineering - In its recently (2016) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News and World Report deemed the engineering programs at IPFW to be among the best in the country at schools where doctorate not offered.
  • Anthropology - Special collections and facilities include: General Anthropology Lab Bioanthropology Preparation Lab Extensive cast collection that includes both fossil and modern hominids Extensive research collection of Midwest lithics and ceramics. Our program has also developed regional library resources for forensic anthropology and medical anthropology.
  • Biology/Life Science - Biology has great facilities for its teaching and research programs, and its faculty represent many different fields within biology. They currently work on aquatic ecology, behavior, botany, conservation, ecotoxicology, evolutionary biology, genetics, herpetology, immunology, molecular biology, physiological ecology, stress physiology and virology.
  • Business - AACSB accredited, the Richard T. Doermer School of Business offers majors in accounting, business economics, finance, management, and marketing. Only about one-quarter of all business schools in the nation possess this AACSB distinction. All 300-level and above business courses will require departmental approval before registering.
  • Communication - The Communication department offers four different concentrations: Interpersonal and Organizational, Media and Culture, Multimedia Newsgathering and Reporting, and Rhetoric and Public Advocacy. The Interpersonal/Organizational area of concentration is designed to educate students to become better communicators in both personal and professional contexts. Students learn about conflict management, group interaction, leadership, gender communication and intercultural communication, as well as organizational practices and relational dynamics. With a concentration in Media and Culture, students will learn both the history and practices of media, meaning-making, and media industries from local to global levels. Students will develop understanding, insights, and practical skills necessary to an expanding and changing job market. The Multimedia Newsgathering and Reporting area is designed to provide students with theoretical, conceptual and practical skills that they will need as a consumer and practitioner of journalism, and to enable students to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens in a self-governing democracy. The area will prepare students with essential skills for today's digital media environment. Students will learn how to research, write, interview and produce news content, including written, audio and video components, for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet, including Web sites and social media. A concentration in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy will provide students with the tools to read, analyze, and criticize human discourse in relationship to persuasion. The pursuit of encouraging students to be more actively and critically engaged citizens is foundational to this emphasis. Grounded in argumentation and the symbolic dimensions of discourse, students within this concentration will learn both ancient and contemporary rhetorical theories.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Music Therapy - The PFW music therapy program is the only undergraduate music therapy degree program in a public university in Indiana. The clinical training portion of the degree program utilizes an on-site clinic as well as providing numerous opportunities for supervised work in health care facilities in and around Fort Wayne. An audition is required.
  • Organizational Studies - Organizational Leadership prepares students for supervisory positions, for jobs in human resource management or human resource development, and for leadership positions at all levels within organizations. People working in a wide variety of jobs have sought the skills and knowledge taught in the OL curriculum. The OL curriculum focuses on the human interactions occurring in all types of organizations, both profit and non-profit. The emphasis is on leadership, team development and facilitation, organizational behavior, and human resource management. In contrast, most business programs focus on concepts and skills related to commerce.
  • Theater Arts/Drama - If you’re wild about the theatre, our programs will immerse you in all aspects of your passion. We are nationally accredited with the opportunity to concentrate in specific areas of the profession from acting, musical theatre, directing and design technology. At PFW, students study and work one-on-one with dedicated and professionally active faculty. Unlike larger universities, at PFW you’ll have opportunities to act, direct, and/or design in major productions during your entire time at PFW.
  • Hospitality Management - We offer career focused, industry driven, and student centered studies that prepare you for the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. Our faculty bring their strong academic credentials and most important their industry experience to each class. Their teaching is current and lively encouraging you to engage and learn in preparation for a great career in a fast pace industry.
  • Public Administration/Affairs - The Public Affairs program begins with a core of courses in public affairs and general education. The curriculum is based on a strong general education foundation of communication and writing, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Introductory courses in the four instructional areas of criminal justice, the environment, health services, and public affairs are included, as well as classes in public sector management, finance, and budgeting. Students then choose a major area of study from the following: Criminal Justice Health Services Administration Legal Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Art/Design/Fine Art: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Organizational Studies

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Mass Communication, Multimedia

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

Economics: Economics

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: English, Language and Literacy, Literature, Writing

Foreign Language: Spanish

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Leadership Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Health Services Administration

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Choral Music, Design/Technical, Directing, Music, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theater, Music Therapy, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Human Services, Sociology, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Technology: Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • International students must submit official transcripts with certified English translations and exam results. If less than 30 credit hours have been completed, official secondary school records must be submitted in addition to University level transcripts. Course descriptions are not required for classes completed at a U.S. college or university. Detailed course descriptions in English are required for transfer of credit from any prior course work completed at a college or university outside of the U.S. Transfer credit evaluations will be completed after a student has been accepted as an exchange student at Purdue Fort Wayne.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 79 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 06/06/18.
  • Estimated cost: $4225.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 24
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/06/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $170.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Transcript Fee $8.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,656 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001828

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/06/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 10% living on campus
  • Apartment: $3054
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: Adjacent
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Meal plans are available for students. See: pfw.edu/mealplan

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
Customize your meal plan and save* •PLAN #1 – 20 meals = $142 ($3 savings) •PLAN #2 – 40 meals = $276 ($14 savings) •PLAN #3 – 60 meals = $392 ($43 savings) •PLAN #4 – 80 meals = $493 ($87 savings) * Savings start the first day of purchase through the last Friday of finals week of the spring semester.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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