Purdue University Northwest was accepted as a full member of NCAA Division II, as determined by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.

"This is a momentous achievement that benefits our university and our community," PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said in a media release. "PNW balances high-quality academics with highly-regarded and competitive athletic programs. The dedication and hard work of our campus community throughout this process have demonstrated our commitment to NCAA Division II and our student-athletes."

PNW recently completed a three-year process as a provisional member, now becoming eligible to compete in all conference, regional and national postseason competitions.

"On behalf of the PNW Pride, I would like to give our sincere thanks to the NCAA for accepting PNW as a full member," PNW Director of Athletics Rick Costello said in the release. "This is an amazing milestone for our institution and athletic program. Congratulations to our student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, alumni and the Northwest Indiana community for making this significant achievement possible. We are excited for what the future holds for PNW Athletics. Go Pride!"

Purdue Northwest will be entering its third year of competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this fall alongside fellow members Ashland, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Northwood, Saginaw Valley State, Wayne State, and Wisconsin-Parkside.

"Purdue University Northwest has been an outstanding addition to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference," GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar said in the release. "Their dedicated athletic staff has worked tirelessly to become full NCAA Division II members. We are excited to be a part of their journey as they continue to grow with the NCAA."

NCAA Division II is one of the three membership divisions at the National Collegiate Athletic Association, an organization comprising more than 1,200 institutions, conferences and affiliated organizations. Division II is a group of institutions and conferences that serves almost 90,000 student-athletes nationwide, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The emphasis for the student-athlete experience in Division II is a comprehensive program of learning and development.

PNW made the formal announcement Friday in conjunction with an event at Byway Brewery in Hammond.

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