The NCAA approved the next step in the process Friday for Purdue Northwest's Division II membership process.
The Pride is in its third and final provisional year.
Membership into NCAA Division II is a three-year process. PNW is anticipated to complete the provisional period at the end of the 2018-19 academic year and become an NCAA member in 2019-20.
"This is awesome news! The Pride student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, administration and PNW community worked very hard to achieve this milestone,” PNW Director of Athletics Rick Costello said in a news release.
Purdue Northwest enters its second year of competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this fall.