Purdue University College of Agriculture

About the College

The Purdue University College of Agriculture is one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences. As a land-grant institution, we are committed to preparing our students to make a difference, wherever their careers take them; stretching the frontiers of science to find solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges; and, through Purdue Extension and engagement programs, helping the people of Indiana, the nation and the world strengthen their lives and livelihoods.

Purdue Agriculture's Office of Academic Programs (OAP) prepares students for leadership in food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences.

Agricultural Research and Graduate Education (ARGE) brings together scientists, students, and many others to impact the lives of people in Indiana, the nation, and the world. Our common goal is to achieve outcomes in agriculture that benefit people everywhere. We also help graduate students in MS or PhD programs prepare for careers in academia, industry or business.

Purdue Extension reaches all 92 Indiana counties to strengthen lives and livelihoods through research-based education. 

The College of Agriculture's International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) collaborates with educational institutions, agencies and organizations throughout the world to help improve agriculture, natural resources, and food systems, as well as enrich communities at Purdue, Indiana and beyond. 

Strategic Plan

Purdue College of Agriculture’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: People, Purpose, Impact can be found here. Through the initiatives that comprise this plan, the College is working to position Purdue Agriculture for leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels in the food, agricultural, life, and natural resources sciences. 

Points of Pride


  • 3 World Food Prize Laureates: Dr. Phil Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Food Science (2007); Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics (2009); Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, MS 1985, PhD 1988, Agricultural Economics (2017)
  • Home to the only plant phenotyping facility at a U.S. university
  • #8 Agriculture program in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds 2017)
  • #6 Agriculture program in the U.S. (Quacquarelli Symonds 2017)
  • #1 (undergraduate) and #2 (graduate) programs in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2016)

Undergraduate Specific

  • #1 Agricultural and Biological Engineering program in the U.S. (6th year running) (College of Agriculture Academic Programs 2016)
  • #4 Agricultural Economics program in the world (Center for World University Rankings 2017)
  • #7 Landscape Architecture program in the U.S. (Design Intelligence 2016)

Graduate Specific

  • #2 Agricultural and Biological Engineering program in the U.S. (following eight consecutive years at #1) (U.S. News & World Report 2017)

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In the Fall 2017 semester, 2,782 undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Agriculture – our highest enrollment since the early 1980s. Our 30+ undergraduate majors span the disciplines of science, engineering, technology, education, management, and communication. Currently our undergraduate population is 76% Indiana residents, 16% out of state, and 8% international students. Women make up 59% of our undergraduate majors and men are 41%. Of our May 2016 graduates, 95% were employed or continuing their education nine months after graduation. Our graduate student enrollment is 690, up from 675 in 2016.

Faculty and staff members work with students to help them gain skills and learn concepts they’ll need in specific careers. They help them get hands-on experiences, find internships, gain international experience, seek out leadership experiences, connect with specific employers, and explore beyond their comfort zones. They care that their students succeed.

See our academic program highlights for details.

Research and Graduate Education

Purdue researchers work across disciplines and engage partners from industry, other academic institutions, non-government organizations, and state and federal government. They ask and answer questions about these strategic themes that guide our efforts:

  • Building a sustainable and secure food production system
  • Utilizing molecular approaches to expand the frontiers of agriculture and life sciences
  • Developing a robust bioeconomy to feed and power the world
  • Enhancing food and health
  • Strengthening ecological and environmental integrity in agricultural landscapes
  • Facilitating informed decision making to improve economic and social well-being

Purdue Extension

Purdue Extension is tailored to meet the needs of residents and communities in Indiana. Our educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties. We provide the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens. In doing that we provide practical solutions to local issues. Our programs and services fall into four broad areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Health and Human Sciences; Economic and Community Development; and 4-H Youth Development.

Research Facilities, Centers and Institutes

For information on research facilities, centers and institutes, go to this site and click on “Facilities and Research”.

Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Agriculture is a diverse and multicultural community. We work to build and sustain a climate and culture where everyone in the college is included, respected, and supported and each individual is able to reach one’s full potential for success.

 We have a very strong Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student group, a Diversity Action Team in Agriculture (DATA) group made up of faculty and staff members, and a group of faculty Diversity Catalysts who work at the university level to support and encourage diversity and inclusion practices. See our Office of Multicultural Programs for more information. 

International Programs

International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) coordinates international activities in the College, including study abroad, international research and international extension, and coordinates activities with other campus units engaged internationally, including the Center for Global Food Security, International Food Technology Center, Center for Food and Agricultural Business, GEOSHARE, and Global Engineering Programs

The College of Agriculture has more than 60 years’ experience in leading and managing large agricultural research and development projects around the world in collaboration with USAID, USDA, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and other stakeholders. International students make up 8% of our undergraduate enrollment and 43% of our graduate enrollment. The College’s Study Abroad program is one of the most well-known and respected among the programs at Purdue and nationally. Approximately 37% of our undergraduates have participated in a study abroad experience by the time they receive their degree.

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