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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Fort Wayne
Population | 419,453
Enrollment | 5,634
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/21-12/17
Spring | 01/08-05/05

Purdue University Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN

We love our mascot, Don the Mastodon! And our Division I Athletics!
Hundreds of free activities for all students! And free parking for NSE students!
Beautiful apartment-style housing!

About This Campus

Purdue University Fort Wayne offers high quality programs on a beautiful regional campus. Situated on a 600-acre setting along the St. Joseph River, Purdue Fort Wayne serves just 5,000+ students and offers more than 90 undergraduate degree options. Noted fields of study are: engineering, technology, liberal arts, social sciences, music, organizational leadership, public and affairs, and art and design. Small class sizes, highly accessible, award-winning professors, and nationally recognized speakers enhance the academic environment. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons compete in 14 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 campus parking and 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 have access to several local activities, such as our nationally recognized local zoo, laser tag, a trampoline park, a fall corn maze, leadership camp retreats, outdoor ice skating, and more! All in Fort Wayne, Indiana, just 2-3 hours from Indianapolis, Detroit, & Chicago!

Helpful Information

We accept all eligible home pay students. Upon acceptance into the Purdue University Fort Wayne NSE program, students will need to successfully complete the Purdue Fort Wayne application process, including answering behavioral background questions, which may be found at https://www.pfw.edu/offices/registrar/policies/background-screening.html Information for personal health insurance may be found at: https://www.pfw.edu/offices/dean-of-students/health-insurance/
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Closed
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Open
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  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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 PFW to be among the best in the country at schools where doctorates not offered.
  • Anthropology - Courses in Anthropology provide an understanding of the nature of cultures and help you assess various explanations of human behavior. They also assist in the development of your analytical and critical abilities. The curriculum is structured to include studies in the history and theory of anthropology in four anthropological fields: ethnology, archeology, bioanthropology, linguistics; in at least two different world ethnographic areas; and in topical specializations. This program will help you prepare for graduate study, for teaching, and for various careers in which the understanding of cultures is an asset. 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 Department of Communication offers a Bachelor’s degree with a choice of four concentrations: Interpersonal and Organizational; Media and Culture; Multimedia Newsgathering and Reporting; and Rhetoric and Public Advocacy. Minors include: Communication Studies; Journalism; Media Production; and Public Relations. Film and Media Studies, a minor with an interdisciplinary approach, may also be of interest.

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

Accounting, Actuarial Science, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 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
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 11/21/23

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $200 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 11/21/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Notes About Housing
Meal plans are available for students. Details are TBD.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plan details are TBD.


Figures per Semester are current as of 11/21/23

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Health insurance is required at PFW for ALL international students.

A health insurance plan offered by PFW is available to ALL international students, therefore, a foreign health fee will be added to your bill each semester. Your insurance card will be available for you to pick up from the Office of International Education two weeks after it has been ordered.

For more information and rates: pfw.edu/offices/iss/current/insurance.html

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,570 per semester.


    Other Health Related Comments
    Health insurance is required at PFW for ALL international students. A health insurance plan offered by PFW is available to ALL international students, therefore, a foreign health fee will be added to your bill each semester. Your insurance card will be available for you to pick up from the Office of International Education two weeks after it has been ordered.

    For more information and rates: pfw.edu/offices/iss/current/insurance.html

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