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.

  • 1 Turning Award Laureate
  • 2 National Medal of Science Laureates
  • 2 World Food Prize Laureates
  • 3 Pulitzer Prize Winners
  • 3 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates
  • 13 Nobel 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.

  • $539 million in research awards in 2021-2022
  • 7th 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 1,000 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 
  • 12,136 graduate 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

Top Ranked University

The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University rankings lists Purdue among the best.

  • #10 U.S. public university
  • #27 U.S. university
  • Top-100 global university

American Caldwell places Purdue in the top 10 ranking for Global University Visibility (GUV).

  • #3 most recognized public university in the U.S.
  • #10 most recognized public university globally

According to the 2023 Open Doors Report, the Institute of International Education places Purdue in the top 10 institutions in the U.S. for international student enrollment.

  • #8 among 4,500-plus public and private institutions
  • #3 among all U.S. public universities
  • #2 in the Big Ten


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