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September 6, 2001

U.S. News: Purdue among best; engineering, business rank at top

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's undergraduate programs in engineering and business are among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine rankings to be released today (Thursday, (9/6).

Purdue's Schools of Engineering rank seventh, up from ninth last year and 11th in 1999. The Krannert School of Management ranks 14th in the nation.

Overall, the magazine ranked Purdue 21st in the nation among the top public doctoral degree-granting universities. Indiana University ranked 28th.

"This year's U.S. News rankings reflect Purdue's continued strength across the undergraduate academic spectrum," said Purdue Provost Sally Frost Mason. "We are in the process of putting into place a strategic plan that will make Purdue an even greater resource for our students and the people of Indiana."

In engineering specialties, Purdue ranks No. 2 in industrial/manufacturing engineering, is tied for No. 3 in civil engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology and is ranked No. 4 in the aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering category.

The specialty rankings released today (Thursday, 9/6) only listed the top four or five universities, depending on the specialty. In past years, after the initial announcement, the magazine later has added new categories and longer lists of schools.

"We're certainly pleased to once again be ranked with the top engineering programs in the country," said Richard J. Schwartz, dean of engineering. "The high ranking is very helpful to our graduates when they are seeking employment, and it helps in recruiting outstanding students.

"We are particularly pleased that we are among the top four engineering programs at all public universities in the United States."

Purdue's engineering program, with almost 6,200 undergraduate students, is one of the largest in the nation. There are 13 schools, departments and divisions. A master plan calls for $250 million in new construction, $100 million in new equipment and $60 million in renovations to meet anticipated needs for the next 15 to 20 years.

Two programs in the Krannert School of Management were singled out as among the best departments in the nation. The Krannert School ranked third in production/operations management and fourth in quantitative analysis/methods.

"We are extremely proud to be ranked among the top 15 undergraduate business programs in the country," said Richard A. Cosier, dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "We believe the ranking is a strong endorsement of the teaching quality of our undergraduate program.

"One of the strategic priorities in the Krannert School is the management of technology, and our top five rankings in production management and quantitative analysis are in line with that goal."

The top undergraduate doctoral degree-granting university in the poll was Princeton University. The University of California-Berkeley was the top undergraduate public doctoral degree-granting university.

The top undergraduate engineering school was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The top undergraduate business school was the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business ranked ninth in the poll. The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business ranked 23rd.

The Krannert School of Management has nearly 2,500 undergraduate students enrolled this year, majoring in management, accounting, international management and economics. In October, the Krannert School will break ground for Rawls Hall, a $37 million, technologically state-of-the-art facility.

The magazine bases its rankings on ratings by deans and senior faculty in those disciplines at peer institutions.

The data for determining the nation's best institutions of higher education come from questionnaires sent to all accredited four-year colleges and universities. The magazine then determines its rankings based on several key measures of quality that fall into seven broad categories: academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate.

Information on the rankings can be found at the U.S. News & World Report Web site. The magazine's college guidebook, "America's Best Colleges," contains a directory of more than 1,400 institutions.

The U.S. News and World Report issue ranking America's best colleges and universities will be on newsstands Monday (9/10).

Sources: Sally Frost Mason, (765) 494-9709,

Richard J. Schwartz, (765) 494-5346;

Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366;

Michael D. Sanders, director of management undergraduate programs, (765) 494-4342,

Writer: J. Michael Lillich, (765) 494-2077;

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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