Purdue ranked by U.S.News & World Report

September 10, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University continues to be one of the top 25 public universities and is 68th among all universities, according to U.S.News & World Report.

Purdue ranked 24th among public universities. Last year Purdue was ranked 23rd among public universities and 65th overall.

The university also was ranked 10th overall and eighth among public universities in "up-and-comers" for "the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life," as determined by a national survey of college administrators. Purdue was again acknowledged in three of eight student success categories. The areas, in which schools are listed but not ranked, are Writing in the Disciplines, Learning Communities and Internships.

Purdue also was again cited in "The Foreign Student Factor," a category of universities with a significant number of international undergraduate students.

Purdue's College of Engineering and Krannert School of Management earned overall rankings of 10th and 22nd, respectively, and both had ranked specialty programs.

The College of Engineering was 10th nationally among doctoral-granting universities, tied with the University of Texas.

In engineering specialties, Purdue retained its top ranking in biological/agricultural and was fifth in industrial/manufacturing. Purdue also was sixth in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical; seventh in civil, electrical/electronic/communications and mechanical; 12th in computer and environmental/environmental health; 13th in chemical; 15th in biomedical; and 17th in materials.

The Krannert School of Management was 22nd. In management specialties, Purdue ranked third in production/operations management and fourth in quantitative analysis. Purdue also was ninth in supply chain management/logistics and 15th in management information systems.

The data for determining the nation's best institutions of higher education come from questionnaires U.S.News sends to all accredited four-year colleges and universities. The magazine then determines its rankings based on measures that fall into seven broad categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions; retention of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and "graduation rate performance," the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and those who actually do.

U.S.News based its specialty rankings on a spring 2013 survey of deans and department heads at peer institutions. The programs receiving the most votes are listed.

For more on the U.S.News rankings, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges

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