10. Five-star Dining (well, almost) — Our award-winning food is so good you'll think your mother made it

9. Nearly 1,000 Student Organizations — We dare you to claim there’s not a club for you

8. A-list Entertainment  We’ll bring the big names to you. Recent faves have included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Blue Man Group

7. Grand Prix — They don’t call it the greatest spectacle in college racing for nothing

6. Study Abroad — 400+ options in 60 countries (some just for engineers!)

5. Big Ten Sports — Come see why Purdue’s fans are like none other

4. Boiler Gold Rush (we call it BGR) — Our weeklong orientation program may literally be the best week of your life

3. Fountain Runs — It’s like running through a sprinkler, only way better (and wetter)

2. World-renowned Faculty — Our top minds teach undergrad classes

1. Vibrant, Diverse Student Body With over 30,000 students representing 128 countries, you’re bound to find your new BFF

So, you want to be an engineer? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Purdue University is home to one of the top engineering programs in the nation. We’re all about dreaming, imagining and making ideas come to life through discovery, design and creation. Students in the engineering program at Purdue receive a world-class education, are taught by some of the greatest minds out there, and are prepped and ready to excel in their future careers.

We also know that every individual engineer is unique with different interests and passions. That’s why at Purdue we offer tons of areas to study within the College of Engineering, as well as options that allow you to customize your plan of study to fit those interests. At Purdue, you can make it your own!

Purdue engineers are also doing incredible things to make the world a better place. From fighting AIDS in Africa to developing evacuation systems for natural disasters to creating technologies that prevent terrorist attacks, engineering at Purdue isn’t just about the incredible knowledge you’ll get here — it’s about how you’ll use that knowledge to change the world!

With hundreds of opportunities for hands-on research, community service, internships, study abroad trips and much more, Purdue engineering is way more than just textbooks and lectures. It’s about the experiences you’ll have along the way.

Are you ready for a program unlike any other? Are you ready to see your dreams become a reality? Are you ready to impact the world?

We sure hope so, because we’re ready for you!

Dream it. Design it. Build it. Create it. That’s what Purdue engineering is all about. 

Finding the right fit is an important factor when deciding which college to apply to and attend. Plan a visit today!

With so many possibilities in the world of engineering, everyone needs a little help finding their way to that dream job. That’s why Purdue offers outstanding career assistance through the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) and Engineering Services Department, so rock stars like you can land the perfect fit. From résumé reviews to help finding a job, Purdue has tons of programs geared for your career advancement as soon as you start your college experience! Learn helpful interviewing tips, check out the job postings page, or talk to a career counselor about internships and unique career openings you may have never imagined.

Employers ranging from global companies as big as Boeing to smaller work environments — maybe even from your hometown! — come from far and wide to get a chance to recruit from the world’s brightest batch of engineers. (Yes! We’re talking about you.)

Check out our career fairs, specifically for engineers, where you can sit down, interview and get to know recruiters from the most prominent companies in the country such as Apple, NASA or General Mills.

Need even more motivation? Check out what these famous Purdue engineers have done. Prepare to be inspired.

Amelia Earhart — Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. At the request of Purdue President Edward Elliott, Earhart came to the University in 1935 to serve as a consultant in the Department of the Study of Careers for Women and as a technical adviser in the Department of Aeronautics. In 1937, Earhart disappeared during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a plane financed by Purdue.

Amy Ross — Spacesuit Engineer

Major: Mechanical Engineering

As a spacesuit engineer for NASA, Amy Ross, the daughter of astronaut Jerry Ross, designed the gloves that made her father’s hands-on work possible in the 1998 Endeavour mission. Amy Ross also works on advanced spacesuit technology for future long-duration and terrestrial missions.

Patricia Galloway — First woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Major: Civil Engineering

Patricia Galloway is a leader in the field of engineering — becoming the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2004. Galloway is also the CEO of an international management consulting firm.

Sue Hudson Abreu — Nuclear Medicine Expert

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Sue Hudson Abreu is a trained nuclear medicine physician who spent more than 24 years in the U.S. Army. Abreu was the first woman to be awarded the Hughes Award, honoring the top Army ROTC graduates in the nation, and she is a renowned nuclear medicine consultant for some of the largest health care organizations in the country.

Janice E. Voss — NASA Astronaut

Major: Structural Engineering

Janice Voss logged five spaceflights, spending a total of 49 days in space and traveling 18.8 million miles in 779 Earth orbits. Voss was a champion of the space program and spent time at Purdue and other universities encouraging future space explorers.

Lillian Gilbreth — First Lady of Engineering

Instructor of Industrial Engineering

Lillian Gilbreth holds a special place in the history of engineering at Purdue — she became the first woman professor in the engineering school in 1935. She was the first woman to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Mary Ellen Weber — NASA Astronaut

Major: Chemical Engineering

Mary Ellen Weber was selected by NASA in the 14th group of astronauts in 1992. A veteran of two spaceflights, she was among the youngest to fly in space and she logged over 450 hours.

Biggest Employers

As a Purdue engineering grad, you’ll be armed with real-world knowledge and experience that will set you up for a bright future, no matter where you want to go. See for yourself where our grads have gone:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • United States Armed Forces
  • St. Jude Medical
  • The Boeing Company
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • General Electric Company
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Cummins, Inc.
  • General Motors
  • 3M
  • Accenture
  • Northrup Grumman Corporation

Average Boilermaker Income*

Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering $60,828
Biomedical Engineering $63,803
Chemical Engineering $69,182
Civil Engineering $57,705
Computer Engineering $79,231
Construction Engineering $65,000
Electrical Engineering $67,258
Environmental and Ecological Engineering $58,986
Industrial Engineering $63,231
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Engineering $63,204
Materials Science Engineering $60,783
Mechanical Engineering $65,350
Nuclear Engineering $65,250

*All data were self-reported between March 2016 and January 2017. This table includes only majors in which 7 or more graduates reported salaries.