Why Choose Purdue Graduate School?

Dedicated Faculty

Our world-renowned faculty tackle complex global issues every day. As a Purdue graduate student, you will  receive personal mentoring from faculty throughout your plan of study.

  • 2 Nobel Prize Winners
  • 2 National Medal of Science Laureates
  • 3 World Food Prize Laureates
  • 4 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates

Impactful Research

Purdue is a worldwide leader in discovery and innovation. New investments in research are routine, like the recently announced one billion dollar development of Purdue’s campus. Every new research award brings new opportunities to our programs of study and students.

  • $520.6 million in research awards in FY 2018 (an all-time unv. record)
  • 8th most innovative school in the U.S.

Cutting Edge Facilities

Between Discovery Park, the Purdue Research Foundation, and our 139 research centers and 13 on-campus libraries, Purdue is positioned to be a world-wide innovative leader, now and well into the future.

  • 400+ research labs
  • 139 research centers and institutes 

Financial Support

With a variety of assistantships and fellowships available through the graduate school and individual departments, it pays to be a Purdue graduate student.

  • 7th best value school in the U.S.
  • 1st best value in the Big Ten

Active Campus Community

You’ll find many opportunities to meet new people. With our graduate student organizations, convocations, cultural centers, recreation center, and Big Ten athletics, you'll never have a boring weekend.

  • Nearly 1000 student clubs and organizations
  • State-of-the-art recreational sports center, featuring 30+ club sports and dozens of intramural teams
  • Five major cultural centers
  • Multiple entertainment options - Broadway, theatre, dance, music, comedy and influential speakers 
  • 9,963 graduate student students from 135+ countries

Vibrant Community with a Low Cost Of Living

West Lafayette and Lafayette boast a wide array of entertainment, food, shopping, and businesses. With a cost-of-living 10% lower than the national average, you'll find plenty of affordable housing options.

  • #6 best college town in America (West Lafayette)
  • #2 best small place for business and careers
  • Free city bus
  • Centrally located - one hour to Indianapolis; two hours to Chicago

Outstanding Career Preparation

Purdue offers professional development before and after graduation. We have graduate student job fairs and travel grants to get you to conferences across the country. And with an alumni network of over 450,000, your relationship with Purdue will extend long after graduation.

  • 8th most employable public university graduates in the U.S.
  • 6th most alumni serving as Fortune 500 CEOs
  • 13th university internships/co-op program
  • Top 5 student use of career services

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1st (U.S. News & World Report)

Agricultural and Biological Engineering program
Analytical Chemistry program
Online Electrical Engineering MS program
Online Engineering Management MS program
Online Industrial Engineering MS program
Online Mechanical Engineering MS program

2nd (U.S. News & World Report)

Online Engineering MS program
Online Civil Engineering MS program

3rd (U.S. News & World Report)

Speech-Language Pathology MS program
Production/Operations Management program

4th (U.S. News & World Report)

Best Graduate Engineering Schools

6th (U.S. News & World Report)

Aeronautics and Astronautics program

7th (U.S. News & World Report)

Civil Engineering program
Industrial-Organizational Psychology PhD program
Pharmacy Practice program
Project Management MS program

8th (U.S. News & World Report)

Electrical and Computer Engineering program
Industrial Engineering program
Mechanical Engineering program

9th (U.S. News & World Report)

Audiology program
Computer Engineering program
Supply Chain / Logistics MS program

10th (U.S. News & World Report)

Online Curriculum and Instruction Program

11th (U.S. News & World Report)

Environmental and Ecological Engineering program
Nuclear Engineering program

12th (U.S. News & World Report)

Agricultural program
Business Analytics program

13th (U.S. News & World Report)

Computer Science/Programming Languages
Materials Engineering program
Veterinary Clinical Science

Best Value University

As named by Wall Street Journal / Times 


Statistics last updated April 25, 2023. Sources: U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 and Wall Street Journal / Times 2022