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College of Engineering

History and Organization

Engineering instruction has been offered at Purdue University since the institution opened its doors to students. As a land-grant university, Purdue was founded primarily to teach the agricultural and mechanical arts.

One student was registered in civil engineering in the fall of 1876, and the first engineering degree (C.E.) was awarded in 1878. Since then, the development of the College of Engineering at Purdue has reflected the dynamic growth of the profession of engineering and its increasing specialization. It is now one of the most distinguished engineering colleges in the country, with 7,087 undergraduate students and 2,738 graduate students. The School of Engineering Education is the entry point for all new students, who receive initial advising and academic counseling with staff in First-Year Engineering. Qualified students are admitted to the professional engineering programs after satisfactory completion of the pre-engineering program requirements.