Purdue News

August 18, 2006

Purdue's undergrad engineering ranked in top 10 nationally

Leah Jamieson
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's College of Engineering undergraduate program is among the best in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report magazine rankings released today (Friday, Aug. 18).

Purdue's College of Engineering tied for eighth nationally among doctoral-granting public universities, sharing the slot with Carnegie Mellon University. Purdue ranked No. 10 in 2002 and has been in the No. 8 position for the past two years. The top-ranked engineering undergraduate doctoral degree-granting university among all public and private institutions was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley were tied for second in the poll.

"Purdue's College of Engineering has a longstanding commitment to undergraduate education," said Leah Jamieson, who was named the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering on Aug. 2, pending approval by the Purdue board of trustees. "To be ranked among the top 10 speaks volumes about the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff."

Purdue's engineering specialties ranked as follows:

• Industrial/manufacturing engineering, No. 2.

• Agricultural engineering, No. 4.

• Aerospace/aeronautical/astronomical, No. 4.

• Civil engineering, No. 7.

• Mechanical engineering, No. 7.

• Electrical engineering, No. 9.

• Computer engineering, No. 11.

• Materials engineering, No. 13 (tied with University of California-Santa Barbara).

• Chemical engineering, No. 13.

•The nuclear engineering specialty is ranked every other year. In last year's rankings, nuclear engineering was No. 4 (tied with University of California-Berkeley and the University of Michigan).

"We are continuing our commitment to education through our curriculum reform initiative," Jamieson said. "Called Purdue's Future Engineer, the initiative is looking at the broad range of attributes and skills that our students will need for 21st century careers."

In the past five years, the College of Engineering has opened new education and research facilities, such as the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research and Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, and developed initiatives, such as the Department of Engineering Education and a new division for environmental and ecological engineering.

The College of Engineering is made up of 11 schools and departments: aeronautics and astronautics, agricultural and biological, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical and computer, engineering education, industrial, materials, mechanical, and nuclear. The college includes the divisions of engineering professional education, construction engineering and management, and environmental and ecological engineering. Also, the college houses programs such as Engineering Projects in Community Service, the Minority Engineering Program, the Women in Engineering Program and the Indiana Space Grant Consortium.

In addition to the more than 6,400 undergraduate students, the college enrolls more than 2,200 graduate students. U.S.News & World Report ranked Purdue's College of Engineering graduate program No. 6 in the nation last April.

Purdue University-Calumet was tied for No. 36 for best undergraduate engineering programs at institutions whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's.

In the magazine's other rankings, Purdue's overall undergraduate programs tied with the University of Iowa for No. 25 nationally among public doctoral degree-granting universities. Purdue tied at No. 64, along with the University of Iowa and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, among both private and public universities.

Purdue also is among 13 public and private universities cited for its internship programs in the "Programs to Look For" category.

The Krannert School of Management tied for 18th in the nation with four other doctoral-granting universities — Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland. The Krannert School tied for 10th among business schools at public universities. In specialty rankings, Krannert's production/operations management placed No. 2 and was the top-ranked public university, and in quantitative analysis ranked No. 3 and also was the top-ranked public university.

In addition, Purdue North Central is listed as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest in the "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachlelor's" rankings, which evaluates institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a wide range of programs. The campus also is cited as having one of the lowest student debt loads of any public or private comprehensive college in the Midwest.

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 measures that fall into seven broad categories: peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate.

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

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 & World Report issue ranking America's best colleges and universities will be on newsstands Monday (Aug. 21).

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

Source: Leah Jamieson, (765) 494-5346, lhj@purdue.edu

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