Strengthening computer science

Nearly every sector of the economy is increasingly reliant on "big data" to increase productivity. Yet, there is a dramatic shortfall in the number of people who have the skills to provide relevant, meaningful analysis and insights from this information. Purdue is recruiting world-class researchers who will help equip graduates with the skills to design and use technology to achieve productivity goals and to develop new hardware and software models for collecting, analyzing and disseminating data.


  • Purdue Computer Science will lead the world in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data with new models for computer software.
  • Undergraduate and graduate enrollment in Computer Science will increase by 27 percent in order to provide needed graduates who have the skills to analyze the vast amount of digital data produced in the wired world.
  • A special program will be created in the area of data science.
  • Purdue will be a leader in computer and information science.


  • As of fall 2017, the Department of Computer Science has far surpassed the planned levels of expansion, growing by 117 percent (compared with a planned growth of 27 percent), indicating a strong demand for Purdue's excellent computer science program.
  • The demand for computer science education is at an all-time high. The department received more than 4,000 undergraduate applications and more than 1,200 graduate applications for fall 2017, along with an increase in the overall quality of applicants.
  • Since the launch of Purdue Moves, the Department of Computer Science has hired 15 new faculty members. Thanks to increased enrollment, the department has also added three new academic advisors to enable it to continue supporting all computer science students at the highest level.
  • The department has also doubled its number of female faculty members since the launch of Purdue Moves, and has increased the number of female computer science majors by 218 percent.
  • Computer science students are in demand, enjoying the highest starting salary of any program at Purdue and a near 100 percent placement rate, with some students recruited as early as their sophomore year.
  • In partnership with the Department of Statistics, the Department of Computer Science launched a new undergraduate major in data science in fall 2017.
  • The department has also launched a new professional master's degree program in Information Security for Computing Professionals.
  • Led by computer science professors, Purdue's Center for the Science of Information received $23 million from the National Science Foundation to extend its work for five years. The center, established in 2010, is the only operation of its kind in the United States.
  • The Department of Computer Science launched a free online programming course available to any Indiana high school student, which covers the same material required of computer science majors. The innovative course is now also open to any high school student in the United States.

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