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Value of Purdue degree?

Purdue ranked 87th in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings released in October, a 12-place increase for Purdue.

In January 2009, two surveys ranked Purdue among the best in the nation in terms of academic value:

SmartMoney magazine ranked Purdue ninth nationally in its "payback" survey, which was designed to quantify the long-term value of a college education. The survey compared tuition costs with graduates' earning power to determine the rankings. We were amongst only two Big Ten universities to make the magazine's top ten.

Purdue also made the list of the 100 "best value" colleges published by Princeton Review, which said that Purdue was a "relatively inexpensive state school with a reputation rivaling the world's best institutions of higher learning …"

According to the College Board's 2007 study "Education Pays," those with a bachelor's degree will earn over 60% more — or more than $800,000 over a lifetime — than someone with only a high school diploma.