Purdue Ranks

Overall rankings

* Ranked 18th best public university in the nation - Source: U.S. News  World Report, 2010 edition. News release

* 11 Purdue doctoral programs placed in the top 10 - Source: Academic Analytics' 2007 rankings of Research Universities Faculty Scholar Productivity Index. News release

Lafayette area

* No. 6 most-educated small town in America-West Lafayette, Forbes - 2009 News release
* One of the Best Communities for Young People, America's Promise Alliance - 2008
* 5-Star Quality-of-Life rating, Expansion Magazine - 2007
* No. 6 Top Small Metro for Recruitment and Attraction, Expansion Magazine - 2008
* 4th in Best Places to Work in Academia-Purdue University, The Scientist magazine - 2007
* 16th in Best Small Places for Business and Careers, Forbes - 2008
* 25th Best in Frommer's Cities Ranked & Rated: More Than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada - 2007
* One of the Top 10 Brainiest Places to Retire-West Lafayette, U.S. News & World Report - 2008

U.S. News and World Report

In March 2012, Purdue University's programs remain among the best in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's rankings of the top graduate schools.

The colleges and schools in which programs were ranked include engineering, education, business, health and human sciences, and pharmacy.

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In September 2011, U.S. News & World Report's selection of Purdue University's agricultural and biological engineering program as the best such undergraduate specialty in the country follows the graduate program's top ranking earlier this year.

The magazine ranked the speciality engineering undergraduate programs Monday (Sept. 12) as part of its annual listing of the nation's top universities. It based its specialty rankings on a spring 2011 survey of deans and department heads at peer institutions.

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In September 2011, Purdue University ranked 23rd among the nation's public universities and 62nd among all universities, according to U.S.News & World Report.

Purdue's overall scores in determining this year's rankings held steady or improved, as did those of other highly ranked universities. Last year, Purdue ranked 18th among public universities and 56th overall.

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In April 2010, Purdue's biological/agricultural engineering program was ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World & Report magazine. Four other Purdue engineering programs were ranked in the top 10. The aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical program was sixth, the civil engineering program was third, mechanical engineering was ninth, and industrial engineerng was 10th. Overall, Purdue's College of Engineering was 12th.

Purdue's Krannert School of Management had oneprogram ranked in the top 10. Productions/operations was ranked fifth.

Graduate program rankings reflect both masters and doctoral programs or only doctoral programs.

U.S. News and World Report ranks only a small sub-set of all of the Purdue programs.

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U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released in April 2010:

#1 Biological/Agricultural engineering
#2 Analytical chemistry (2007)
#3 Speech-language pathology (2008)
#3 Civil engineering
#5 Production/operations
#6 Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering
#9 Mechanical engineering
#9 Audiology (2008)
#9 Pharmacy (2008)
#10 Industrial/manufacturing engineering
#11 Electrical/electronic/communications engineering
#11 Supply chain/logistics
#13 College of Engineering
#12 Nuclear engineering
#14 Veterinary medicine (2007)
#15 Chemical engineering
#15 Krannert Weekend MBA program
#16 Materials engineering
#16 Environmental/environmental health engineering
#17 Computer science - systems (2010)
#20 Computer science
#21 Chemistry
#22 Statistics (2010)
#23 Biomedical/bioengineering engineering
#27 Mathematics (2010)
#36 Krannert School of Management
#39 Earth sciences (2010)
#40 Physics (2010)
#42 Economics (2009)
#43 Clinical psychology (2008)
#44 Education
#45 Psychology (2009)
#54 Sociology (2009)
#56 Biological sciences (2010)
#71 History
#71 English (2009)
#134 Fine arts (2008)
In August 2009, Purdue's College of Engineering undergraduate program ranked ninth nationally among doctoral-granting public universities.

Purdue's Krannert School of Management's undergraduate program ranked No. 21 overall among doctoral-granting universities.

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U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings released in August 2010:

#3 Productions/operations management
#3 Biological/agricultural engineering
#3 Industrial/manufacturing  engineering
#4 Aerospace/aeronautical/astronomical engineering
#4 Quantitative analysis/methods
#5 Civil engineering
#7 Mechanical engineering
#7 Supply chain management/logistics
#9 Electrical/electronic/communications engineering
#11 Computer engineering
#12 Management information systems
#12 Chemical engineering
#12 Materials engineering
#13 Environmental/environmental health engineering
#17 Management
#19 Biomedical engineering


Academic Analytics

In 2007, 11 Purdue doctoral programs placed in the top 10 of Academic Analytics 2007 Top Research Universities Faculty Scholar Productivity Index.

The third annual index compiled overall institutional rankings on doctoral degree programs at 375 universities. The rankings are based on measures of faculty productivity.

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Purdue's rankings:

#2 Information Technology/Information Systems (CERIAS - Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security)
#2 Communication and communication studies
#3 Industrial and physical pharmacy
#3 Various programs in family and human sciences (Gerontology and speech, language, and hearing sciences)
#3 Speech and hearing sciences
#4 Philosophy
#5 Computational sciences
#5 Horticulture
#6 Agronomy and crop science
#6 General engineering
#10 Electrical engineering


American Society for Engineering Education

In 2005, a survey of engineering technology programs conducted by the American Society for Engineering Education showed Purdue's College of Technology awards more engineering technology degrees to women than any other university or college in the country.

Purdue awarded 60 bachelor's degrees in engineering technology to women during the 2002-03 academic year, the highest in the country. Purdue's College of Technology also tied for first in the total number of degrees awarded - 364.

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Aviation Week & Space Technology

In September 2008, Purdue was ranked as the top choice of recruiters from the aerospace and defense industries in a study by Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

In its 2008 Workforce Study, the magazine asked companies in those industries to list the top five institutions from which they recruit. Of the 64 schools mentioned, Purdue was No. 1, up from No. 4 in the 2007 rankings.

Purdue also was among the top three graduate schools in the survey.

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Business 2.0

In fall 2001, Purdue was listed among the top 20 tech-savviest MBA programs.


Business Week

In 2006, Purdue's Krannert School of Management ranked No. 24 nationally and eighth among public universities in Business Week magazine's rankings of full-time MBA programs. The school also was ranked in the top 20 by recruiters and 17th for faculty intellectual capital.

Krannert students surveyed by Business Week lauded the school's quality of faculty, small class sizes, career opportunities and educational value for the money.

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In fall 2005, Purdue's degree programs ranked 18th worldwide.

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Chief Executive magazine

In March 2009, Indiana was ranked as the best state to do business in the Midwest in a survey by Chief Executive magazine. In the survey of the nation's CEOs, Indiana was ranked third in the nation in business friendliness, fourth in transportation and sixth in cost of business.


Communications of the ACM

The first ACM Rankings (Communications of the ACM), June 2007/Vol. 50, No. 6 research productivity:

Computer Science - Purdue ranked 9th.

Systems and software engineering - Purdue ranked 17th.

Article in PDF format


Com Vista

In August 2008, Com Vista, a guide to programs of study in communication-related departments, ranked Purdue's Department of Communication No. 2 in health communication and No. 4 in interpersonal and organizational communication. The rankings are based on faculty's publications in the 50 journals related to the field.

Purdue's communication department also placed in the top 10 for specific areas of study, including No. 1 (tie) in the area of narrative and No. 2 in the area of communication and emotion.

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In January 2008, DesignIntelligence: The Almanac of Architecture and Design ranked Purdue's Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts interior design program 14th. Purdue tied with five other interior design programs. Purdue ranked fourth in the Midwest region.

Also receiving regional recognition in the 2008 survey was Purdue's industrial design undergraduate program, which ranked ninth, and the graduate program, which was sixth in the Midwest region.

In January 2008, DesignIntelligence: America's Best Architecture & Design Schools ranked Purdue's Landscape Architecture undergraduate program No. 5 in the nation and No. 2 in the Midwest Region, published in their 2008 Education Survey and Rankings.

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In February 2012, Purdue University's Krannert School of Management were ranked in the top 25 in the United States and Canada by Eduniversal.

The programs are MBA in manufacturing/technology management, seventh; MBA in management information systems, seventh; master's in human resource management, eighth; international master's in management/executive MBA, eighth; MBA in marketing, 10th; full-time MBA, 11th; MBA in international management, 12th; MBA in global supply chain management/supply chain and logistics, 15th; MBA in technology innovation and entrepreneurship, 17th; MBA in accounting, 22nd; master's in economics, 24th; master's in finance, 25th.

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In July 2009, Purdue University's Krannert School of Management was ranked No. 13 among U.S. business schools with a major international influence by Eduniversal. Krannert also was granted a "five palms" rating by Eduniversal, the highest rating offered by the European-based online higher education selection tool.

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Financial Times

In January 2012, Financial Times ranked Krannert School of Management MBA program has been ranked 12th among U.S. public colleges and universities.

The program was ranked 17th among U.S. public schools last year.

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In October 2010, Financial Times ranked Krannert School of Management international executive MBA degree program placed 21st worldwide.

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According to a January 2009 survey in Financial Times, the Krannert School of Management's MBA program placed second in Best in Industry.

In fall 2008, Purdue's International Master's in Management program ranked 15th in degree programs worldwide and No. 1 in international course management.

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Hispanic Business

In 2009, Hispanic Business magazine ranked Purdue's College of Engineering among the best institutions in the nation for Latino graduate students studying engineering. The college's graduate program was placed No. 2 in the Top 10 list of Best Schools for Hispanics in the field of engineering.

Purdue was cited for the number of Latino faculty, and the admission and retention rate for Hispanic students in the engineering graduate programs. Hispanic student organizations such as SHPE, SACNAS, the Latino Student Council, the Latino Graduate Student Organization and the Latino Student Union also were praised.

Article at Hispanic Business


Insititute of International Education

In November 2009, the Institute of International Education ranked Purdue second in the nation among U.S. public institutions in international student enrollment for the 2008-09 academic year.

"Open Doors" is published by the Institute of International Education with support from the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The survey includes almost 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions and has been conducted every year since 1949.

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Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education

In 2002, the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education ranked Purdue's Department of Hospitality & Tourism program No. 1 in the nation. The study has not yet been replicated.

Also, the hospitality & tourism program was ranked  No. 1 in the U.S. by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education in a study based on survey results from industry recruiters. It also has not yet been replicated.

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Journal of Marital & Family Therapy

In April 2009, Purdue's Marriage and Family Therapy program in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences was ranked No. 1 in scholarship productivity by the Journal of Marital & Family Therapy.


National Science Foundation

In 2007, Purdue's College of Agriculture was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the National Science Foundation's ranking of research and development expenditures in agricultural sciences.


Oregon State University national survey

In 2004, a national survey by Oregon State University ranked Purdue's agricultural economics program No. 1 in international trade, farm management, production and finance; and No. 2 in agribusiness, marketing and sales, and industrial organization.


Princeton Review

In February 2012, Purdue was listed among the Princeton Review's 150 "best value" colleges for 2012.

The education services and test-prep company says the list, which appeared in USA Today, "is considered a guide for prospective college applicants to seek out the best value for their money."

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In January 2009, Purdue was ranked in the Princeton Review's list of 100 "best value" colleges for 2009. The education services and test-prep company says the rankings are an attempt to highlight "schools that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable price - either by keeping sticker prices in line, or by offsetting high costs with great financial packages."

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QS World University Rankings

In September 2011, Purdue University rose in the QS World University Rankings. Purdue's overall ranking went to 85th, up from 87th in last year's survey. Purdue is the state's only public university ranked in the top 100.

The complete QS listings are available at http://www.topuniversities.com/

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In September 2010, Purdue was No. 87 overall in the QS World University Rankings. Purdue’s engineering and technology programs were ranked 28th. In other QS specialty rankings, Purdue’s life sciences and biomedicine programs ranked 86th and natural sciences ranked 118th. Complete QS rankings: http://www.topuniversities.com/

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Review of Economics and Statistics

In February 2008, the Krannert School of Management's doctoral program in economics ranked 31st among the top 58 world departments and 25th among departments in U.S. colleges and universities in a review by faculty at the University of Arizona and Warsaw School of Economics. It was published in the Review of Economics and Statistics. The ranking was based on the worth of doctoral programs in economics as reflected in their ability to place their graduates at top-level economics departments or business schools.

In spring 2008, Purdue's doctoral program in economics was ranked 25th in economics among U.S. schools.


Shanghai World Rankings of Broad Fields

In August of 2011Purdue ranked 61st in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ACWU), up from 69th last year.

In specialty rankings, Purdue ranks 14th in engineering and technology, 18th in computer science, 19th in chemistry, and 46th in overall science.

The ACWU is compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which, since 2003, has ranked the top 500 universities annually based on six indicators. These include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution.

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In August 2008 the Shanghai World Rankings of Broad Fields ranked Purdue 65th overall in the world.


Small Times magazine

In 2007, Purdue's nanotech facilities ranked eighth in the U.S. in a survey by Small Times magazine. Overall, Purdue's nanotechnology program ranked 13th. In 2006, the trade publication ranked Purdue third nationally for its industrial outreach efforts.

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SmartMoney magazine

In August 2011, Purdue University ranks seventh nationally in SmartMoney magazine's college "payback" survey, which quantifies the long-term value of a college education. In 2010, Purdue was ranked ninth.

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In January 2009, Purdue was ranked ninth nationally in SmartMoney magazine's college "payback" survey, which quantifies the long-term value of a college education. SmartMoney is produced by the Wall Street Journal.

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Times Higher Education Supplement

Purdue University is among the top international educational institutions with the most influence in plant and animal sciences research reports and reviews, according to 2010 rankings by Times Higher Education.

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Wall Street Journal

In September 2010 the Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters released Monday (Sept. 13) ranks Purdue University fourth in the nation in preparing its students for the work force.

"This confirms that Purdue gets students ready to succeed in the real world," said Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. "Companies are hiring the whole student, and ours have a solid work ethic, strong leadership skills and real-world experience. Job recruiters recognize our emphasis on internships, learning communities, study abroad, writing in the disciplines and other programs that give our students a well-rounded education."

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In December 2008 the Wall Street Journal ranked the value of a Krannert Executive MBA degree 14th in the United States when factoring in the cost of education.

In September 2008 the Executive MBA program at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management was ranked among the top 25 in the world by the Wall Street Journal. Krannert's program ranked No. 22 overall and was No. 8 among U.S. public institutions. Purdue was the only Indiana college included in the top 25.

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Krannert's Executive MBA was ranked No. 16 overall by corporations and No. 24 by students. The program also scored in the top one-third of all schools in the categories of classmate quality and immediately applicable coursework.

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Webometrics Ranking of World Universities

In January 2009, Purdue was ranked 21st in Webometrics' Ranking of World Universities survey. The ranking is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Clentificas, a public research institution in Spain. The ranking measures the activity and visibility of the institutions, according to the group.


Whitefield Consulting Worldwide Rankings

In fall 2007, Purdue's International Master's in Management (IMM) program was ranked eighth in the world by Whitefield Consulting Worldwide. Whitefield is a management consulting group specializing in management education, careers and recruitment. Purdue's IMM program is a partnership between the Krannert School, the GISMA Business School in Germany, TiasNimbas Business School in the Netherlands, and CEU Business School in Budapest.

Krannert information on IMM


4 International Colleges & Universities

In January 2009, 4 International Colleges & Universities, an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing worldwide accredited universities and colleges, ranked Purdue sixth in its list of the top 200 institutions in its 4icu.org Web Popularity Ranking. The aim of the Web site is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of worldwide universities and colleges based upon the popularity of the institutions' Web sites.

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