Jun 14, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Services

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Academic Advising

While students are ultimately responsible for accomplishing their own educational goals and progressing toward graduation, Purdue University Fort Wayne is committed to helping them meet this responsibility by ensuring access to quality academic advising. This is evidenced by the Student Advising Council, a group of advisors and others (including students) from across campus that continually strives to improve advising services. Academic advisors are available to provide students with accurate, up-to-date information and appropriate guidance on academic matters. Students may find the names of their academic advisors by accessing goPFW on the Purdue University Fort Wayne home page or by contacting their academic units.

Students will benefit most from academic advising only when they accept a major share of the responsibility for seeking timely advice. Other, more specific obligations in the shared relationship between students and their academic advisors are as follows:

It is the academic advisor’s responsibility to

  • Be knowledgeable about university, school/division, and department academic regulations.
  • Establish, maintain, and clearly post adequate and suitable office hours for advising (including information on summer availability).
  • Assist the student with understanding degree requirements and the proper sequencing and selection of courses. This includes being knowledgeable about course placement and any published changes in requirements.
  • Assist the student with determining practical and manageable academic loads.
  • Assist the student with monitoring academic progress.
  • Document approved exceptions to the student’s academic program.
  • Explain the relationships among degree requirements, departmental philosophy, and as necessary, certification criteria.
  • Assist the student with considering areas of enrichment appropriate to abilities and goals.
  • Assist the student with linking programs of study to relevant career opportunities.
  • Act, when appropriate, as a referral agent to other university personnel and services.

It is the student’s responsibility to

  • Be knowledgeable about university, school/division, and departmental program requirements; academic regulations; and calendar deadlines specified in the catalog, Purdue University Fort Wayne Student Handbook, and departmental publications.
  • Consult with his/her advisor whenever appropriate and in a timely manner.
  • Be prepared for all scheduled advising sessions.
  • Make academic decisions based upon the information obtained or recommendations offered. Academic advisors will not make decisions for students.
  • Act upon academic decisions in a timely manner.
  • Maintain personal records of academic progress, including documentation of approved exceptions to stated program requirements.
  • Seek additional or supplemental advice from other university personnel or services as needed or recommended.
  • Present and candidly discuss factors (such as employment, commuting distance, and other circumstances) that might influence selection of classes, registration processes, and other academic planning.

Alumni Relations and Mastodon Alumni Association

More than 60,000 degrees have been granted by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) since opening in 1964. More than 54 percent of our alumni remain in northeast Indiana and their work is seen in the growth and economic development of the state.

A new, independent, local alumni association called Mastodon Alumni Association began in 2017.  Our goal is to create and maintain connectedness between the alumni of the Fort Wayne campus, whether IU or Purdue, to each other and back to this campus.

The Alumni Relations office supports departments in their efforts to remain connected to those who graduate by maintaining the alumni database and offering the usage of the beautiful Steel Dynamics Keith Busse Mastodon Alumni Center for events.

Purdue University Fort Wayne students are supported each day by alumni.  Alumni donate their time, treasures and talents to the university by serving on advisory boards for departments and programs, making donations to the university, attending events and countless other ways.

Scholarships: Students who are children of a graduate from IPFW (Legacy students) are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Mastodon Alumni Association. Applications are available at the beginning of the spring semester and are evaluated by our Alumni Association Board.  Parents must be a dues paying member of the Mastodon Alumni Association.

The Alumni Relations office is located in the Steel Dynamics Keith Busse Alumni Center, 1528 East California Rd., 260-481-6807.


Athletics (Athletic Center 270, 260-481-6643) administers NCAA sports-related university activities and manages the Athletic Center facilities.  Contact Athletics for further information about programs and fees.

Intercollegiate athletics are open to all qualified students.  Purdue University Fort Wayne competes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I and is a member of The Summit League and the Midwest Intercollegiate Vollyball Association (MIVA).  Purdue University Fort Wayne offers the following programs:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Indoor & Outdoor Track (Women’s)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

 Information about athletics participation is available on gomastodons.com or by contacting the specific sport coach.

The Athletic Center houses the fitness facilities on campus. The fitness facilities are open to all Purdue University Fort Wayne students with valid Purdue University Fort Wayne ID cards. Memberships are also available to Purdue University Fort Wayne student spouses, faculty, staff, alumni and family members. The newly built field house offers both a 1/9 and 1/8 mile indoor mondosurfaced walk/running track, strength train room, and cardiovascular conditioning area. Racquetball courts, wallyball courts, basketball courts, core conditioning area, and a fitness class room are also available. Outdoor facilities include 5km and 10km cross country courses, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts. Fitness services include fitness assessments, fitness classes, “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal fitness training packages, free education/awareness handouts, and special events such as fitness workshops and walk/run events. For membership costs and more facility information, call 260-481-6655, 260-481-6647 or visit pfw.edul/fitness.


The Mastodon Campus Shop (Walb Student Union, 260-481-0300) has served the academic community at Purdue University Fort Wayne for more than 40 years, fulfilling students’ needs from freshman classes course materials to graduation apparel. Conveniently located in Walb Student Union, the Mastodon Campus Shop offers course materials in several formats, general books, computer hardware, apparel, gifts, and more. In addition, the bookstore gives you the convenience of ordering your course materials and other items online at Purdue University Fort Wayneshop.com.  You can contact the bookstore at 260-481-0300 or by e-mail at bookstor@pfw.edu.

Career Services

Career Services (Kettler 109, 260-481-0689) offers a variety of services to meet the career development needs of Purdue University Fort Wayne students and alumni including career counseling, self-assessments, and internship and job search assistance. Career Services coordinates various programs throughout the year to assist students and alumni with their job search, including career fairs and networking events. Finally, many companies post a variety of employment opportunities with our office. Work-study, part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities are posted on Handshake, and our free job and résumé database is available to Purdue University Fort Wayne students and alumni. For more information, please visit our Web site at pfw.edu/career or call 260-481-0689.

Center for Women and Returning Adults

The Center for Women and Returning Adults (CWRA) (Walb 120, 260-481-6029) serves as an advocate for women and nontraditional students by providing academic, financial, and personal assistance while simultaneously familiarizing them with the network of services available on campus or in the community. The CWRA provides a continuum of services directed toward an extremely diverse subculture within the campus community. The nature of our services extends beyond the campus or student life spectrum into the life-planning arena that is specific to nontraditional students or individuals and family members. Our involvement in child care, housing, financial, and domestic abuse issues requires that our services be directed from the campus to the community. Special ongoing efforts designed to meet the needs of our subculture include Flying S.T.A.R.T. (Starting, Transfer, and Returning Students) orientations, Sexual Assault and Prevention Programming (SAPP) and Students with Families workshops and entertainment.

Child Care

Purdue University Fort Wayne partners with The Learning Community to provide child care for Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty, staff, and students at a discounted rate. The Learning Community is located at 2041 Reed Road. Hours of operation during fall, spring, and summer semesters are 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. TLC provides care for infants to children 12 years old. For registration and fee information, contact TLC at 260-424-8852 or visit www.tlckidsfirst.com.

Collegiate ConnectionTM

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Collegiate ConnectionTM lets students experience college while they are still in high school. Collegiate Connection students may take any Purdue University Fort Wayne course that is appropriate for a college freshman either at the campus or online.

In addition, the Purdue University Fort Wayne Collegiate Connection high school program has partnered with participating high schools in Indiana to offer college credit courses at your high school during the regular school day.  These courses are taught by Purdue University Fort Wayne certified high school teachers and receive a substantial tuition discount. See the website for a complete listing of participating schools and course offerings.

Successful students:

  • Get an early start on their college degree, which gives the student more flexibility as a full-time college student. Many students find they are able to pursue second majors, study abroad, complete internships, or finish their degree early.
  • Begin building a college transcript. Most courses are transferable to other colleges and universities.
  • Gain access to Purdue University Fort Wayne’s vast, state-of-the-art technology and resources.
  • Satisfy the Indiana high school Academic Honors diploma requirements.
  • Take additional courses designed for high-achieving students.
  • Develop the critical thinking, writing, and reading skills that will prepare students for success in college.

For additional information, please call 260-481-5478, e-mail connection@pfw.edu, or visit the program web site at pfw.edu/connection.

Computer Resources

Purdue University Fort Wayne’s computing environment includes access to networked computers and a variety of software, from word processing to discipline-specific applications. Also included are support services for multimedia creation and delivery, classroom technology and activities capture, and teleconferences.

Student accounts (includes e-mail and wireless access). Accounts for student computing resources are created upon your admission to Purdue University Fort Wayne. You must complete an activation process before using the account including sending or receiving e-mail. Student accounts remain active as long as you are enrolled. However, if a student infects our network with a virus, we may disable their account.

Training. Students may request training through the IT Services Help Desk by calling 481-6030 or emailing at helpdesk@pfw.edu.

Computer labs. All student-access computer labs and computer-equipped classrooms are capable of accessing many software applications, student e-mail, and the Internet. The student-access computer labs are in Kettler Hall 217; Neff Hall 113 (24 hour lab ),Neff Hall B71and B73 (a shared-use lab); Science Building G15; Helmke Library (3 labs -  first floor - second floor and  440A (a shared-use lab); Visual Arts 205; Student Housing Buildings and Clubhouse; Liberal Arts 42 ( a shared-use lab); Walb 220 (Studio M curriculum Lab); and Walb Student Union 221. Besides these student-access labs, some schools and departments provide their students with access to additional specialized labs. The sponsoring departments define their availability and hours.

Getting help. For the most current campus computing information and software documentation, visit IT Services’ Web site at http://www.pfw.edu/its. Student consultants are available in person to assist students in some labs during most open lab hours. Student consultants cannot do assignments for students, but they can answer general computing questions. In addition, IT Services provides assistance to students at the Help Desk in Kettler 206, 260-481-6030. Help Desk technicians can answer questions about specific computer services and facilities available to students.

Continuing Studies, Division of

The Division of Continuing Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne (Kettler 139, 260-481-6619) provides lifelong learning opportunities through its credit programs at both the bachelors and masters levels, its public courses for professional development and personal enrichment, and opportunities for contract training with community businesses and organizations. The division manages approximately 32,000 student enrollments annually and increases student access to internationally recognized Purdue University degrees. Through collaborations with the university’s academic departments, the division provides online, hybrid and traditional delivery of college credit courses, minors, certificates and degree programs. The division manages online learning delivery, high school dual credit, the university’s Weekend College program, the Professional MBA program through the Doermer School of Business, and the M.S. in Educational Leadership, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Special Education through the College of Professional Studies. In addition, the division manages the ACELINK program, connecting Allen County K-12 schools through video conferencing and virtual field trips. An array of noncredit options, many of which yield continuing education units, are offered through the Division of Continuing Studies. These include public courses for personal and professional development and customized contract training for regional businesses. A variety of credit and noncredit professional development options for educators are available through the division, as well. For more targeted, in-depth training, selected professional development courses are grouped into certificate programs.

For more information about the Division of Continuing Studies and a listing of available courses, see pfw.edu/dcs.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office (Walb 111, 260-481-6601) may be contacted regarding any questions or concerns you are experiencing. Either direct assistance or referral to the appropriate individual or office will be provided. In addition, the dean and associate dean handle student conduct issues and advise faculty, staff, and students on Purdue University Fort Wayne policies and procedures governing student rights, responsibilities, and conduct, provide assistance to students pursuing grade appeals, and student complaints, and serve as advocate for students and their issues. The dean also oversees Career Services, Personal Counseling Services, and Services for Students with Disabilities.

Disabilities, Services for Students with

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinates Purdue University Fort Wayne’s programming for students with disabilities, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with qualifying disability conditions per these regulations are eligible for specialized academic support services and other assistance through SSD.  SSD provides academic aids and services including sign-language interpreters, test-proctoring facilities, note takers, academic counseling, autism support, coordination of accessible computer workstations across campus, and more. SSD also serves the campus community as advocate/consultant on disability-related issues.  Purdue University Fort Wayne does not provide personal attendant care or transportation services. You must be able to attend to your personal care and needs or you must arrange independently for such services if needed. Although a personal escort may be provided during times of inclement weather by contacting university police and safety, you are responsible for your transportation to and from campus and between classes and other facilities. You are responsible for attending classes as required by your class instructors’ attendance policy.

To request services on the basis of disability or to receive further information, call 260-481-6657 (VOICE/TTD) or visit the director of SSD in Walb 113.

Emergency Health and Security Services

For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 from any university office telephone.

For routine healthcare needs, you are expected to remain under your personal physician’s care while attending Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Escort service to and/or from classes for safety reasons is available any time by dialing 16827 from any campus telephone or 260-481-6900 from a cell phone.

University Police (Support Services Building 102, 260-481-6827) and its officers are empowered to enforce state and local laws, as well as campus traffic and conduct regulations, and provide 24-hour emergency services on campus. The department conducts continuous patrols, furnishes disabled-vehicle assistance, and maintains lost-and-found articles. Students and staff are urged to report all suspicious activity or other hazards to the department. Crime prevention policy information, crime incidence, and arrest statistics are available from University Police.

Financial Aid

Purdue University Fort Wayne provides more that 90 million dollars in financial aid annually. The financial aid programs at Purdue University Fort Wayne consist of scholarships, grants, student loans, and student employment opportunities. Detailed information on financial aid programs is available online at pfw.edu/financial and in person at the Financial Aid Office located in Kettler Hall, room 102.


Eligibility for financial aid programs varies depending on the individual program. In general, a student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for financial aid:

  1. Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States;
  2. Be admitted and enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate; and
  3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress towards that degree.

NOTE: Not all certificates are eligible for financial assistance. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you are unsure if your program is eligible.

Student Financial Aid Programs

Federal Programs
     Pell Grants*
     Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
     Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Subsidized Student Loans*
     Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loan
     Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

State Programs
     Frank O’Bannon Grant Program (Formerly Indiana Higher Education Award)*
     Incentive Grants*
     21st Century Scholars Program*
     Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship*
     Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant*
     Minority Teacher Scholarship*
     Adult Student Grant*
     Next Generation Teacher Scholarship*
     Child of Disabled Veteran*

Campus-Based Programs
     Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant SEOG)*
     Federal Work-Study (FWS)*
     Purdue University Fort Wayne Scholarships and Grants
     Purdue University Fort Wayne Foundation Scholarships

Military Programs
GI Bill

*To be eligible for these programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.                                                                                                                                                                                

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid

All financial aid recipients are required to make reasonable academic progress toward completion of degree requirements. Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress at Purdue University Fort Wayne are evaluated at the end of each academic semester, and at the time of awarding any aid. The policy consists of a completion requirement, a grade point average requirement, and a maximum time frame requirement.  Students not meeting all three requirements will be place on Satisfactory Academic Progress Warning or Immediate Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension at the end of the term.

Completion Requirement

Purdue University Fort Wayne students must complete at least 67% of their hours attempted cumulatively.  A student who fails to complete 67% of their hours attempted cumulatively will be place on Satisfactory Academic Progress Warning at the end of the term that they do not meet the completion rate in. If the student fails to complete at least 33% of their attempted hours cumulatively, the student is placed on Immediate Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension.

Hours attempted include all financial aid-eligible courses. For the purposes of this policy, hours attempted with grades of F, W, I, NP-or NC are considered incomplete.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Student Level Credits Completed Minimum GPA
UG ALL 2.0
GR ALL 3.0

Maximum Time-Frame Requirement***

The maximum time frame a student has to complete their degree is equal to 150% of the hours required for the completion of the degree or certificate. As a general rule, the bachelor degree requires the completion of 120 hours. A student seeking a bachelor degree would be placed on Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension after attempting 180 hours (150% of 120 credit hours). Hours transferred to Purdue University Fort Wayne from previous institutions are included in this requirement.

NOTE: A student seeking a second degree or certificate will still have his/her hours from the first degree counted in their total hours attempted. For example, a student who completed an Associate Degree while attempting 70 hours at Purdue University Fort Wayne would start out with those same 70 hours attempted before taking a single class towards his/her second degree.

Warning, Suspension and Appeal Process

Financial aid recipients who do not meet the satisfactory academic progress standards will be placed on a warning status and notified through their student email that they have the opportunity to repair their record through their enrollment and counseling.  Students who are placed on suspension and fail to meet satisfactory academic progress in their next semester of enrollment will be notified through their student email that they are on a Suspension status and are no longer eligible for financial aid. A student may provide a written appeal within 30 days of the date of notification if extenuating circumstances exist.

Federal Ombudsman Office

The Federal Ombudsman Office is a final resource for student loan borrowers to informally resolve loan disputes and problems after first seeking help through other customer service avenues. The Ombudsman Customer Service Line is 877-557-2575, or you can visit  http://studentaid.ed.gov.

Attendance and Withdrawal

The Office of the Registrar defines attendance and withdrawal. If a student is receiving financial aid, any changes to their attendance or schedule may affect their financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for further questions.

Honors Program

The Honors Program (Honors Center, 2nd Floor Helmke Library, 260-481-6924) is an undergraduate program that provides learning opportunities in an environment of intellectual excitement and discovery.  Honors courses supplement and enrich studies in any academic major, are multidisciplinary and tend to be more interactive than other classes. Participation in the Honors Program can enhance your intellectual development within a learning community of students and faculty with similar academic interests. The Honors Certificate provides you with an excellent credential that will increase your chance of success in gaining employment or admission to professional and graduate school.

The Honors Program also has much to offer outside of the traditional classroom setting. Independent studies and H-Option Contracts allow for customized and creative learning opportunities. Beyond the campus setting, students can participate in honors study abroad opportunities, as well as regional and national honors conferences. The Honors Student Group organizes several social events each semester, providing an excellent setting to meet friends, have fun and perform community service.

See Honors Program in  Programs  of this catalog for details.

Housing Information

Purdue University Fort Wayne Student Housing (260-481-4180) provides apartment-style living for enrolled students at Purdue University Fort Wayne. The Purdue University Fort Wayne Student Housing community encourages the freedom of apartment-style living without sacrificing the convenience and comfort of off-campus living. Each unit is furnished and has a fully equipped kitchen including microwave, trash disposal, and dishwasher. Bedrooms are individually keyed for privacy, and each bedroom is set up with high-speed Internet and cable. Community amenities include 24 hour computer labs, community lounges, a fitness room, and 24-hour laundry facilities. Additional information is available from the Student Housing office or by visiting the Student Housing Web site at pfw.edu/housing.

International Education, Office of

Office of International Education (Walb Student Union 145, 260-481-6034) oversees international admissions and recruitment, international student and scholar services, study abroad and international programs.

International Student and Scholar Services issues I-20 or DS-2019 forms necessary for international students on F-1 or J-1 status to study at Purdue University Fort Wayne and helps international students to maintain their non-immigrant status while they obtain their degrees here. The office organizes an extensive international orientation one week prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. For more information, call 260-481-6034 or e-mail iss@pfw.edu

Purdue University Fort Wayne is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. The OIE ensures that Purdue University Fort Wayne complies with all applicable laws set forth by the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, and other government agencies. The office offers a variety of immigration services including assistance with change of status, extension of status, on- and off-campus employment, visa counseling, and others.

The OIE helps enrolled international students with obtaining social security numbers, state IDs, and driver’s licenses. The office also pre-registers new incoming international students, administers the required international health insurance policy, and assists with non-resident tax preparation assistance. The office co-sponsors various trips and activities, campus and community ethnic and cultural celebrations, and serves as the advisor for the International Student Organization (ISO).

The office also works with international faculty and staff with sponsorship and immigration processing, including H-1B and Permanent Residency petitions.

International Programs (Walb Student Union G42, 260-481-0322) promotes and coordinates all aspects of international education on campus. 

The office provides information and advising for:

•           Students interested in study abroad

•           Faculty-led international travel programs

•           Inbound exchange students”

International Admissions (Walb Student Union 145, 260-481-6494) overseas the creation and implementation of an international recruitment strategy to increase international student enrollment at Purdue University Fort Wayne. This includes the processing of applications and supporting documents for international students and credential evaluations for all students who have completed coursework outside of the United States. This function is also responsible for the communication with prospective students, parents, agent, and counselors from the initial point of contact through matriculation.

Library Services

The Walter E. Helmke Library is a virtual and physical environment that supports the Purdue University Fort Wayne and greater Fort Wayne community in discovering and accessing information for class work, research, career and the job market. 

The majority of our resources are online 24/7/365 on our website.  We provide high-quality information resources, coordinated information services and expertise, and innovative instruction fully integrated with the educational goals of Purdue University Fort Wayne so that you are able to:

Ask the right questions:

Find the best resources:

Evaluate the quality of your sources:

  • Consider the quality of information with the aid of tutorials, course guides, and research tools created by librarians
  • The checklists Is Your Web Site Credible?, Is Your Journal Scholarly? and Is Your Book Scholarly? are especially helpful.  You can find them on the library’s web site under Research Tools.

Credit your sources:

  • Use the Library’s collection of research and style guides and consult with a librarian and make an appointment with the Writing Center for questions on organizing your paper, creating bibliographies and using information ethically and legally

Mastodon Academic Performance Center

The Mastodon Academic Performance Center (MAP) (Gates Center 104) provides academic support for student-athletes, helping them to achieve  solid academic progress, maintain NCAA athletic eligibility, and graduate in their respective disciplines. Additionally, the MAP Center is responsible for the implementation of the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs program and supervision of the Student-Athletic Leadership Team (SALT).

Math Testing Center

The Math Testing Center (Kettler G18, 260-481-5722) is for students who are taking a math test outside of the classroom when arrangements are made by the instructor.  In order to receive a test, students must have a photo ID. More information and current hours of operation can be found at pfw.edu/casa.

Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC)

Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the best leadership courses in the country offered within a college curriculum, and it is available at Purdue University Fort Wayne through the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science. During classes and field training, students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an Officer in the U.S. Army. ROTC students maintain a normal academic schedule like all college students, but they enroll in military science and leadership courses each semester. Upon graduation from Purdue University Fort Wayne and the Army ROTC, Cadets are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

For more information, call 260-481-0156 or email SFC Jeremy Higgins at higginsj@pfw.edu.

Military Student Services

The Office of Military Student Services (OMSS) (Kettler 110N, 260-481-0517) provides support services for students who are currently serving and student veterans transitioning from the military to academic life. Services include assistance with pre and post deployment, GI Bill education benefits information, Veterans Affairs issues, transfer of credit, and referrals to campus and community resources, advocacy and support through the Student Veterans of America chapter.  Purdue University Fort Wayne MSS Facebook page provides resource information on campus activities and military support programs. Further information may be found on the goPFW channel for military students and veterans.

Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education and Service Learning (OACS)

Cooperative education (co-op) is a nationally recognized academic enhancement training program that allows students to gain valuable employment experience related to their majors prior to graduation. Students are paid competitive wages and may receive academic credit. Local employers offer co-op jobs in biology, chemistry, communication, English, mathematics, physics, engineering, technology, computer science, business, and organizational leadership. Eligibility requirements include current university enrollment, completion of freshman courses toward a bachelor’s degree, and the established departmental GPA prerequisite. 

Service learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

Academic Internships involve any work experience that is related to students’ educational and career goals. Internships may be part time or full time, paid or volunteer, and are available in many professional areas including law corrections, probation, education, health, community services, government, private business, and many more.

OACS is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment (pfw.edu/oacs; Neff Hall 337, 260-481-6939).

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (Walb 118, 260-481-6608) provides vital support to African American, Asian American, Hispanic, international, Native American, and other underrepresented students enrolled at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Evening appointments can be arranged for students who cannot visit the office during regular hours.  Services include networking opportunities, cultural/heritage programs, educational and personal problem-solving, leadership development and enhancement, mentoring, workshops, and study tables.  Diversity and Multicultural Affairs also assists in the development, administration, and evaluation of student recruitment and retention efforts; sponsors outreach and programs for early access to higher education; and provides cultural diversity training for Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty students.

First-Generation and Non-Traditional College Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481- 4140 or 260-481-6438). Academic-success programs, academic and personal advising, and general support services are provided.

African American Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-0134). Academic-success programs, cultural heritage activities, and academic and personal advising are provided. Many activities are planned in cooperation with the Black Collegian Caucus.

Hispanic Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6608). Individual academic and personal assistance, scholarship and internship information, and information regarding campus and community events are all available. Many programs are coordinated with Hispanos Unidos, which is open to all members of the campus community interested in Hispanic culture.

Asian American Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-0134). Academic support, academic and personal advising, and cultural activities are available. Activities are coordinated with various Asian American student organizations.

Native American Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-0134). Cultural heritage programs and academic and personal advising are provided. Many activities are planned in cooperation with United Native American Students.


Campus safety and security information. Purdue University Fort Wayne strives to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and visitors. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report details a variety of safety services, policies, and information available to students, staff, and visitors. To obtain a copy, contact Admissions, University Police, or Human Resources.   The Purdue University Fort Wayne University Police department has fully sworn officers that are on duty 24 hours per day.  University Police is located in the Support Services Building with office hours from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All business transactions, including ticket payments and parking permit requests, can be made during regular office hours.  A payment drop box is available 24/7.  For additional information, go to pfw.edul/police.

Emergency Procedures

First aid. In life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 from any telephone to summons assistance for an Ambulance, Fire, or Police.  For non-emergencies, University Police can be contacted by dialing 260-481-6827 or 16827 from a campus phone.

Escort service. Dial 260-481-6827 or 16827 from a campus phone to provide your location and request service.

Fire emergencies. Fire alarm pull boxes are located in all campus buildings. If a student suspects a fire emergency, pull a fire alarm at once. Whenever the student hears this continuous horn sound, use the nearest exit to leave the building quickly and as safely as possible. Once outside, move away from the building. Don’t use elevators during fire emergencies or when students are in an otherwise unoccupied building.

Weather emergencies. The All-Hazards Outdoor Emergency Warning sirens will be activated in the event a TORNADO WARNING is in effect (a tornado has been sighted nearby). Take shelter in one of the following areas until notified by university officials it’s safe to leave:

ET Engineering, Technology and Computer Science Building ground floor corridor
GC Gates Sports Center basement
IU IU Medical Bulding basement corridor
KT Kettler basement or ground floor of south and east wings
LA Liberal Arts Building basement
LB Helmke Library basement
LS Life Sciences Resource Center ground floor
NF Neff Hall basement
PG-1 Parking Garage Ramp B Gold
PG-2 Parking Garage Lower-level Interior Ramp
PG-3 Parking Garage 1st-level against West block wall
RC Instrumental Rehearsal Room
SB Science Building ground floor corridor
VA Visual Arts Building ground floor restrooms or corridor
WT Williams Theatre to Visual Arts Building ground floor restrooms or corridor
WU Walb Student Union ground floor stair areas

Students who are in the Support Services Building or Printing Services/Warehouse, go to the Liberal Arts Building basement.

Adverse weather. Snow emergencies and snow recesses are occasionally unavoidable during winter months. During an adverse weather closing, classes are canceled, and only essential personnel are to report to the university. If you suspect that an adverse weather closing has occurred, please monitor radio and television stations for announcements or call the Purdue University Fort Wayne Weather Line at 260-481-6050.

Emergency Notification

Alert Contact Information. Purdue University Fort Wayne Alert, the Emergency Warning Notification System, allows the university to contact students by phone, e-mail, and/or text regarding any campus situation that may affect students. Log on to goPFW and locate the “Alert Phone Number” heading on the right side of the Web page. Click on the “Edit” button and enter the methods by which students would like to be contacted. (Student university-issued e-mail address is mandatory.)

Students may be contacted for the following possible scenarios:
    -Weather conditions have closed the campus
    -Utility problems have affected all or specific parts of the campus
    -A hazardous material incident is affecting the campus
    -A hostile activity is affecting the safety of people on the campus

Once students have registered, the contact information will not be used for any other purpose than what is listed above. Messages delivered to students will always be brief, informative, and provide students with the directions necessary to ensure student safety.

Traffic Parking Rules Summary

Authority. These regulations are adopted pursuant to the authority conferred by the laws of the State of Indiana upon the Boards of Trustees of Purdue University.

The respective boards deem it necessary and desirable to make and enforce these regulations for the safety and welfare of students, staff, and visitors in protection of property and the safe operation of the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.

University police are empowered to enforce state laws and campus regulations under the supervision of the vice chancellor for financial affairs.

Definitions. When used in these regulations, the following words and phrases have these meanings:

Parked vehicle. This is a motor vehicle with no licensed driver at the wheel.

Permit. This is a parking placard issued by University Police or its designees.

Restricted hours: Classes are in session between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sundays. During restricted hours, students must display a valid permit to park in designated “Employee Permit”  or handicapped parking areas. Appropriate coins must be placed in meters during these hours.

Vehicle. This is any propelled device with two or more wheels.

Visitor. This is a person who is neither a student nor a staff member, including people attending meetings or conferences.

Parking Permits

Registration procedures. Parking permits, including information about the annual fees associated with them, are available from University Police in the Support Services Building.

Parking permits issued for cars and trucks are to be attached to the rear view mirror post with the permit number visible from the vehicle front. Only a current permit should be displayed. The parking permit is for use only by the purchaser and is the property of Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Parking Regulations

“Employee” parking lots (designated by green lined spaces) shall be used during restricted hours only by motor vehicles with an “Employee Parking Permit”.  Some, but not all, “Employee parking” lots change to open parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Signs in each lot will indicate if and when the lot will change to open parking. The parking garages have areas designated as “Employee Parking Permit” parking  and metered short-term parking in Parking Garage #1. All undesignated areas (white lined spaces) are considered open parking and no permit is required.

Special and temporary parking permits may be obtained from University Police when extenuating circumstances exist. If students arrive on campus and realize they do not have a permit, students may pick up a temporary permit at University Police.

Authorization to leave a vehicle on campus overnight must be obtained from University Police. Unauthorized vehicles left on campus 72 hours or more will be considered abandoned and will be removed. An accumulation of unpaid fines or improper parking will also provide cause for towing at owner’s expense. Dock parking is only for loading and unloading vehicles. People who need to use the dock for more than 10 minutes must obtain authorization from University Police.

People operating motorcycles may park in a vehicle stall or on motorcycle pads. Vehicles shall be parked between painted stall lines or in front of bumper blocks that indicate individual parking spaces.

The Allen County Extension office’s parking lot is for clients only, and not for use by the campus community.

Traffic Regulations

Campus vehicle operators must:

  • Obey all state and local regulations, including signs, signals, markings, and other traffic-control devices.

  • Not maintain a speed of more than 20 m.p.h. unless otherwise posted. In parking lots, the maximum speed is 15 m.p.h. Parking is never permitted within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or in designated fire lanes. People parking on grass will be ticketed and be responsible for any damages.

Pedestrians have the right of way in all crosswalks. If a pedestrian enters or is about to enter a marked crossing, approaching vehicles must stop while the pedestrian is in the crossing.

All traffic accidents that occur on campus must be reported immediately.

All bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks. Bicycle registration is available at the University Police Department from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Bicycles chained to trees or signs or taken inside buildings may be impounded.

Skateboard use on campus is prohibited.

Violations and Fines

Meter Violation $15
Failure to display a permit in “A” lot $25
“Employee Parking” permit holder who forgot permit $5
Improper Parking $25
Moving Violation $60
Handicapped Parking Only $100
Fire Lane $50
Displaying lost/stolen/counterfeit permit $50
Bicycle Violation $5
Smoking/Tobacco Policy Violation $25

Appeals. Appeal forms are available at University Police (in the Support Services Building). Campus tickets may be appealed to the Traffic Appeals Board, which consists of faculty, staff, and students. Board decisions are binding and final.

If a ticket recipient does not respond or pay the fine within five working days from the date of issuance, University Police shall notify the recipient by mail that unless the ticket/fine is appealed in writing or is paid within 10 working days after the date of notice, the ticket recipient has forfeited any appeal privilege. An administrative encumbrance fee shall be added to each unpaid fine. No appeals will be accepted or considered by any university appellate body unless filed within the 15-day period.

Failure to satisfy delinquent fines may result in denial of future academic registration, denial of parking privileges, and/or removal of vehicle from campus at the owner’s expense.

Purdue University Fort Wayne Wellness Program

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Wellness Programs offer comprehensive health and wellness services for students, staff, faculty, retirees, and the general public.

Health and wellness education. Health and wellness education includes screenings, assessments, consultations, workshops, classes, resources, presentations and events to help individuals gain awareness and opportunities for better total wellness. Health education and health counseling can include, but are not limited to, weight management, heart-healthy living, sports performance, eating disorders, diabetic control, smoking cessation, and stress management. Registered dietitians and certified physical fitness instructors are on staff.

Fitness Services.  The Purdue University Fort Wayne Athletic Center is located in the Hilliard Gates Sports Center. The fitness center is available for all Purdue University Fort Wayne students with valid Purdue University Fort Wayne ID cards.   Memberships are also available to Purdue University Fort Wayne student spouses, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members.  The fieldhouse offers both a 1/4 and 1/9 mile indoor mondosurfaced walk/running tracks, strength training room, cardiovascular conditioning room, racquetball courts, wallyball court, basketball courts, core conditioning area, and a fitness class room.  Outdoor facilities include 5km and 10km paved and cross country courses, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts.  Fitness services include fitness assessments, fitness classes, “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal fitness training packages, and special events such as fitness workshops and walk/runs.  For information, call 260-481-6655 or visit pfw.edu/fitness.

Hours: Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Fridays 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sundays 12:00 pm - 8 pm.

The hours are subject to change due to summer schedules, campus holidays and special events.

Registration and Graduation

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Schedule of Classes is published online at www.pfw.edu and by logging into goPFW. The Web site provides detailed current information about

  • course offerings
  • registration days and times
  • fees and refunds
  • the semester/session calendar
  • important deadlines
  • final exam schedules
  • general policies and procedures

Graduation information. To be considered for graduation from a Purdue University Fort Wayne program students must submit an application for graduation. The graduation application is required for degree clearance to be initiated and the awarding of a degree.  It also impacts consideration for honors and inclusion in the Commencement program. 

Deadlines to submit the application for graduation are:

If you are finishing your degree Application Deadline
Fall Term June 1
Spring Term Nov. 1
Summer I  or & Summer II sessions Feb. 1

Student Assistance Program (SAP) - Counseling Services, Purdue University Fort Wayne/Parkview

Purdue University Fort Wayne/Parkview Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides free and confidential short-term services to all currently enrolled Purdue University Fort Wayne students. SAP works with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse, and eating disorders. SAP is available for consultation, outreach, and workshops upon request. They are located in Walb 113. Please call  260-373-8060 or 800-721-8809 to schedule an appointment.

 Student Exchange Program

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program (Walb 210, 260-481-6092) allows eligible Purdue University Fort Wayne students to spend a semester or year studying at one of approximately 200 different universities and colleges in the United States, its territories, and Canada. The NSE program broadens students’ cultural and educational experiences.  Participating students pay regular tuition and fees to Purdue University Fort Wayne and have access to regular Purdue University Fort Wayne financial aid. While credits earned on exchange are recorded as resident credit toward the Purdue University Fort Wayne degree, exchange grades are not calculated in the Purdue University Fort Wayne grade-point average. Call 260-481-6092 to schedule an appointment, or go to pfw.edu/nse for more information.

IUFW students have access to the National Student Exchange program through the IUPUI campus.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is published each fall semester to inform students of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct at Purdue University Fort Wayne. It also contains important information on university policies and practices. The handbook is available on the handbook website:  pfw.edu/handbook, or in the Office of the Dean of Students (Walb 111).

Student Life and Leadership and Student Organizations

Student Life and Leadership (Walb 210, 260-481-6609) is dedicated to the enhancement and advancement of the Purdue Fort Wayne student experience by providing co-curricular opportunities including: 130+ student organizations; Mastodon Leadership Experience; Student Government Association; Student Activities Board; National Student Exchange; Student Travel Grant Program; intramural sports and fitness classes; The Big Event and community service opportunities; the Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) program; and the Student Achievement Celebration. For more information, visit  pfw.edu/stulife.

Intramural Sports are open to all eligible Purdue University Fort Wayne students, faculty, and staff and include the following sports: basketball, flag football, powder puff football, team tennis, ping pong, billiards, euchre, racquetball, table tennis, volleyball, sand volleyball, soccer (indoor and out), fall golf league, dodgeball, corn hole, ultimate Frisbee and wally ball. Annual tournament events include a 5k run/walk event, Dodgeball tournament, 3 on 3 Holiday Hoops basketball tournament, and a spring golf scramble. Events are added as popularity grows. For more information, please visit us online at pfw.edu/intramurals.

Student Success & Transitions

Student Success & Transitions (SST)  promotes an enhanced learning experience for Purdue University Fort Wayne students. SST programs and initiatives create a challenging and supportive environment, enabling successful transitions to and within the university, a solid foundation for continued academic success, and timely progress towards graduation for all students. 

Testing Services

Testing Services (Kettler 232) administers Purdue University Fort Wayne placement tests (English, math, reading, and foreign languages), national tests (CLEP, LSAT, MAT, Prov Indiana and Ohio Plumbing certification exams and SAT), correspondence-study  and distance, online education examinations, career-assessment inventories, and board and certification computer based exams.  Students admitted to Purdue University Fort Wayne must follow the writing guided self-placement process and take the math placement test before registering for any class.  Transfer and/or nondegree students who have taken English composition and/or math at another college should check with their Purdue University Fort Wayne academic advisor about placement requirements. Placement test results are valid for two years from the date the exams are taken. Foreign Language placement exams in Spanish, German, and French are also available. Contact Testing Services (Kettler 232, 260-481-6600 for an appointment.

Transcripts and Academic Records

The Office of the Registrar can provide official transcripts for students who have been enrolled at Purdue University Fort Wayne or any other IU or Purdue campus.  Official transcript order instructions are available on the Registrar webpage at pfw.edu   Unofficial transcripts for Purdue University Fort Wayne students can be obtained by logging in to their goPFW or requesting from the registrar’s office.  Current and former students that are in arrears to Purdue University Fort Wayne, are not eligible to receive transcripts until their financial obligations are resolved. . 

The registrar’s office is the ONLY university office authorized to issue official transcripts.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center (Kettler G21, 260-481-5740) offers free tutoring for many courses, Monday through Friday.  Students are allowed up to two free hours of one-to-one tutoring per week per subject. Appointments for one-to-one tutoring must be made 12 hours in advance through the online scheduling program TutorTrac at iPurdue University Fort Wayne.edu/casa.  Walk-in tutoring is offered for math and some science classes in the Math Resource Area (Kettler G19).  Online tutoring is available in select courses.

 Veterans and Military Students

The Purdue University Fort Wayne School Certifying Official provides educational support services for veterans of the U.S. military.

Veterans’ education benefits, information, as well as counseling for first-time, continuing, and transfer students is available from the VA-benefits School Certifying Official in the Office of Military Student Services (Kettler 110N, 260-481-0517). If you are receiving veterans educational benefits, certification of your enrollment status is required each semester and must be requested by completing the “Request for Certification” form at the Office of Military Student Services.

Voter Registration

The 1998 reauthorization of the U.S. Higher Education Act require colleges and universities to make available voter registration forms to all enrolled students. Any student not registered to vote may obtain an Indiana Mail-In Voter Registration Application (VRG-7) form.. Voter Registration detailed information is available on the registar wepage at Voter Registration Student Services 

The forms will be available at:

  • Bursar Office-Kettler Hall
  • Diversity and Multicultural Affairs-Walb Student Union
  • Financial Aid Office-Kettler Hall
  • Office of the Dean of Students-Walb Student Union
  • Gates Sports Center
  • Enrollment Services Desk - Kettler Hall lobby
  • Information Desk-Walb Student Union lobby
  • Each college and school dean’s office

To be eligible to vote in Indiana, an individual must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general or municipal election.
  • Have lived in the Indiana precinct for at least 30 days before the next election.
  • Not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime.
  • Be registered to vote
  • Be a resident of Indiana

Women and Returning Adults

Located in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, (Walb 120, 260-481-6029)

Mission statement. The Center for Women and Returning Adults serves as an advocate for women and nontraditional students by providing academic, financial, and personal assistance, while simultaneously familiarizing them with the network of services available on campus and in the community.

Special ongoing efforts designed to meet the needs of these students includes:

  • Individual appointments
  • Social and educational workshops
    • Students with Families series
    • Sexual Assault and Prevention series
  • Scholarships for nontraditional students and women
  • Newsletters
  • Campus and community resource information and referrals.

Writing Center

The Writing Center (Kettler G21, 260-481-5740) serves students with any writing project in any course. The Writing Center is located in the Learning Commons on the second floor of Helmke Library. Consultants help writers focus, organize, and develop their ideas as well as learn how to cite sources and revise their own drafts.  Students should sign up through TutorTrac.  Walk-in consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students may also receive online consultations.  For further information, visit pfw.edu.edu/casa/writing.