Strengthening computer science

Nearly every sector of the economy is increasingly reliant on "big data" to increase productivity. Yet, there is a dramatic shortfall in the number of people who have the skills to provide relevant, meaningful analysis and insights from this information. Purdue is recruiting world-class researchers who will help equip graduates with the skills to design and use technology to achieve productivity goals and to develop new hardware and software models for collecting, analyzing and disseminating data.


  • Purdue Computer Science will lead the world in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data with new models for computer software.
  • Undergraduate and graduate enrollment in Computer Science will increase by 27 percent in order to provide needed graduates who have the skills to analyze the vast amount of digital data produced in the wired world.
  • A special program will be created in the area of data science.
  • Purdue will be a leader in computer and information science.


  • The Department of Computer Science has added 1,273 new students in the past three years, far surpassing its original target of 711 new students. In the last year alone, its total student population has grown by by 13.7 percent.  
  • Ten new Computer Science faculty have been hired since the launch of Purdue Moves, and two additional academic advisors have joined the department.
  • Led by Computer Science professors, Purdue’s Center for the Science of Information received $23 million from the National Science Foundation to extend its work for five years. The center, established in 2010, is the only operation of its kind in the United States.
  • Computer Science students are in demand, enjoying a near 100 percent placement rate, with some students recruited as early as their sophomore year.
  • The Department of Computer Science launched a free online programming course available to any Indiana high school student, which covers the same material required of Computer Science majors. The innovative course is now also open to any high school student in the United States.

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