A group of students that were on a study abroad trip, highlighting one of the many opportunities that the flexibility of Purdue Engineering degree has to offer.

Why Purdue Engineering?

You have an interest in changing the world? To get there, you need strong leadership characteristics, ingenuity, adaptability, and technical proficiency. Purdue Engineering is here to help! We are dedicated to helping you attain the skills and attributes needed to succeed in this rapidly changing global economy.

Purdue Engineering is one of the best programs in the country.

U.S. News & World Report and corporate recruiters consistently rank Purdue Engineering at the top of their lists, both in academics and in career preparation. Purdue's engineers stand at the forefront of industry, education, and discovery with a goal of impacting the world and those who live in it.

Students receive a top-quality experience, at the best value, with some of the industry's most competitive starting salaries.

The Boilermaker family.

As a Purdue Engineer you would be joining a broader family with over 90,000 living Engineering alumni around the globe who are happy to help other Boilermakers. Some of our notable alumni include:

  • Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan (the first and last man on the Moon)
  • Roger Chaffee and Gus Grissom (Apollo pioneers)
  • Amy Ross (spacesuit engineer)
  • Charles Ellis (designer of the Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Michael Ramage (petrochemical innovator)
  • John Atalla (father of the "PIN")
  • Lillian Gilbreth (the first lady of engineering)
  • Reginald Fessenden (father of radio broadcasting)

Being a member of the Boilermaker family is part of our collaborative culture and begins the day you step onto campus as a student, although we hope you notice it when you visit, too. Faculty, staff, and students are all dedicated to helping each other succeed.

Accessible faculty.

Faculty lead over 80% of Purdue Engineering classes which means that you can study alongside professors who are happy to share their rich experience and expertise. Faculty want to meet students and hold regular office hours dedicated to the students from their classes.

Engineering is a Team Sport.

Teamwork is a culture, not an expectation. Top students from around the world come to Purdue and you'll have the opportunity to collaborate in a variety of ways throughout your undergraduate degree.

A "real world" community.

You would become a part of a student body that reflects our diverse world. To help in providing leadership in the area, the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) and the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) are resources available to all engineering students. Purdue is home to students from over 120 countries and all 50 states are represented in the College of Engineering! Come and meet the world right here in West Lafayette, Indiana!

You can "Get Involved!"

Purdue Engineering students are very involved across campus, so you'll be able to find other students with similar interests. From one of a thousand student organizations, sport (Big 10, club, intramural) or music (bands, choirs, orchestra), there is something for everyone! These opportunities will connect you with others students, expand your knowledge, and prepare you for success.

Develop your interests to make a difference.

Where would you like to apply your interests and make a difference in the world? Engineers, educated with the fundamental and necessary math and science, are essential to solving the Grand Challenges our world is facing today. While all majors of Engineering are critical to making a difference; Purdue's First-Year Engineering Program gives you the time and resources to identify which major is the best fit for your career goals. Start your journey as an engineering student with our road map for success.

Choose your major!

Choose from 17 engineering majors and several unique minors. You also have the option to customize your own major through our interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs.

Learning designed with you in mind.

You will be surrounded with a rich history mixed with modern technologies. There are over 30 buildings that are dedicated to or have dedicated space for engineering. These state-of-the-art facilities include the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, which serves as our flagship facility with the first 360° learning environment on campus, and the Bechtel Innovation Design Center, providing students access to modern technology and innovative space for student-directed project development.

Expand your horizons.

Extend your education beyond the classroom by taking part in one of the many experiential opportunities open to undergraduate students, such as research or EPICS. You can also prepare for the global economy by taking advantage of amazing global workplace or study abroad opportunities at distinguished universities all around the world through the Global Engineering Program.

Your education in action.

The average starting salary, across engineering disciplines, for Purdue Engineering graduates is higher than the national average with an approximate 90% placement for our graduates within six months of graduation. To assist you in developing your resume and open doors of opportunity at graduation, students are strongly encouraged to get work experience.

These opportunities begin as early as the summer after the first-year and include Co-Ops, Internships, and the Pathmaker programs. All students are encouraged to attend one of the many career fairs, including our largest student-run job fair, Industrial Roundtable, offered on campus each year. With nearly 1,700 unique employers visiting Purdue, there is ample opportunity for you to gain work experience.

Start your Purdue Engineering experience now!

If you would like to learn more about Purdue Engineering, the first place to start is the Office of Future Engineers (OFE). The OFE Staff and the Peer Counselors are here to answer your questions about your college search or Purdue, specifically. For a unique visit experience, you are also encouraged to visit campus and attend the daily Engineering Information Session or one of our other Engineering Sessions offered throughout the year. 


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