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August 22, 2003

Purdue's undergrad engineering, business among tops nationally

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's undergraduate programs in engineering and business are among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine rankings released today (Friday, 8/22).

Purdue's Schools of Engineering tied with Cornell University for ninth – up one place from last year – nationally among doctoral-granting universities. The Krannert School of Management tied for 17th in the nation (with Ohio State, Pennsylvania State and the University of Maryland).

Overall, the magazine ranked Purdue No. 20 in the nation (tied with the University of Georgia) among the top public doctoral degree-granting universities.

"This year's U.S. News rankings reflect Purdue's strategic strengths," said Purdue Provost Sally Mason. "We are making large investments in our Schools of Engineering, and with Krannert's Rawls Hall coming online this fall, our management school is clearly in a growth mode."

In engineering specialties, Purdue ranks No. 1 in agricultural engineering; No. 2 in industrial/manufacturing engineering; No. 5 in nuclear engineering (tied with North Carolina State, Texas A&M and the University of Illinois); No. 6 in civil engineering; ; No. 6 in aerospace/aeronautical; No. 7 in mechanical engineering; No. 8 in electrical/electronic/computer engineering; tied for No. 11 in materials engineering (with Carnegie Mellon University); tied for No. 12 in chemical engineering (with Georgia Institute of Technology); and No. 13 in computer engineering.

Krannert's undergraduate programs in production/operations management ranked No. 3; its quantitative analysis, No. 5; supply chain-logistics, No. 11(tied with University of Texas-Austin); management information systems, No. 13, (tied with Bentley College); finance, No. 22; and management, tied for No. 24 (with Babson College and Arizona State University).

The magazine bases its specialty rankings on ratings by deans and senior faculty in those disciplines at peer institutions.

"We've obviously established ourselves as one of the best engineering schools in the world, and we are only going to get better at Purdue," said Linda P. B. Katehi, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering.

"The university has embarked on a huge expansion program that includes both the addition of laboratories suitable for biotechnology and nanotechnology as well as increasing the size of our faculty by 25 percent."

Purdue's engineering program, with almost 6,200 undergraduate students, is one of the largest in the nation. There are 13 schools, departments and divisions. A master plan calls for $400 million in new construction, renovations and new equipment.

Richard A. Cosier, dean and Leeds Professor of Management, said: "We are proud to be ranked once again among the top 20 undergraduate business programs in the country. We are particularly pleased to be ranked in the top five in production management and quantitative analysis, given our strategic priority of the management of technology.

"Students will begin taking classes in our newly opened Rawls Hall this fall, and we believe the building, along with other initiatives aimed at improving our undergraduate program, will give us a boost in this very competitive, tightly bunched field of schools."

The Krannert School of Management has nearly 2,500 undergraduate students enrolled this year, majoring in management, accounting, industrial management and economics.

The top engineering undergraduate doctoral degree-granting university in the poll was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The University of California-Berkeley was the top undergraduate public doctoral degree-granting university. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was cited as the nation's top bachelor's degree-granting engineering school, and Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne tied with seven other universities for 40th.

The top undergraduate business school was the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ranked 10th in the poll. The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business tied with five other schools for No. 21.

Harvard and Princeton universities tied for the top spot among national doctoral degree-granting universities. The University of California-Berkeley and the University of Virginia tied for the top spot among public doctoral-granting universities. Among public doctoral-granting institutions overall, I.U. ranked 27th (tied with four other schools).

The data for determining the nation's best institutions of higher education come from questionnaires sent to all accredited four-year colleges and universities. The magazine then determines its rankings based on several measures that fall into seven broad categories: academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate.

Information on the rankings can be found at the U.S. News & World Report Web site. The magazine's college guidebook, "America's Best Colleges," contains a directory of more than 1,400 institutions.

The U.S. News and World Report issue ranking America's best colleges and universities will be on newsstands Monday (8/25).

Writers: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077,; Emil Venere, (765) 494-4709,

Sources: Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709,

Linda P.B. Katehi, (765) 494-5346,

Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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