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September 5, 1996

Two Purdue schools ranked in U.S. News & World Report survey

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Undergraduate programs in Purdue University's Schools of Engineering rank sixth in the nation, and the School of Management has the 13th-best undergraduate business program in the nation, according to a U.S. News & World Report survey released today (Thursday, 9/5).

In addition, the magazine rates Purdue as one of the 50 best values among U.S. colleges and universities.

The engineering and business school rankings will appear in the 10th annual "America's Best Colleges" issue, available on newsstands Monday (9/9). The "best college values" listing will be in the Sept. 23 issue, available on newsstands Monday, Sept. 16. The 10th annual "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, which contains all the rankings and other information, also will be on newsstands and in bookstores on Monday (9/9).

In undergraduate engineering programs among U.S. engineering institutions offering a doctoral program, Stanford University was ranked No. 1, followed by a four-way tie for second among the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California-Berkeley. Purdue tied for the No. 6 spot with three other schools: Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The survey also lists the top three undergraduate engineering programs in the nation for various specialties. Purdue ranked second in industrial engineering, and third in civil engineering.

The undergraduate business school survey ranks the 50 best based on a reputational survey of deans and administrators. This is the second year the magazine has ranked undergraduate business programs.

Undergraduate business programs at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania tied for the No. 1 ranking. Purdue finished in a four-way tie for No. 13 with Pennsylvania State University, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Southern California. Indiana University was tied at No. 5 with Carnegie Mellon, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Virginia

The magazine also lists the top five business programs in the nation by various departments. Purdue ranked No. 2 in production/operations management behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In quantitative analysis, MIT ranked first, followed by Carnegie Mellon University at No. 2, the University of Pennsylvania at No. 3 and Purdue at No. 4.

Purdue is ranked No. 50 in "sticker price," based on out-of-state tuition plus fees, and room and board. The best-value schools are those offering quality education at a relatively reasonable cost, according to the survey, which ranked the top 50 national universities and the top 40 national liberal arts schools for best value.

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill held the No. 1 spot in sticker price, followed by Texas A&M University-College Station at No. 2, University of Washington at No. 3, Rice University (Texas) at No. 4 and University of Florida at No. 5. Indiana University ranked No. 45.

Sources: Bob Morse, U.S. News & World Report, director of research for the project, (202) 955-2389 Colleen Connors, U.S. News & World Report, (202) 955-2565; e-mail,
Dennis J. Weidenaar, dean, School of Management, (765) 494-4366; e-mail,
Richard J. Schwartz, dean, Schools of Engineering, (765) 494-5346; e-mail,
Writers: Victor B. Herr, (765) 494-2077; e-mail,
Ellen Rantz, (765) 494-2073; e-mail,
Amanda Siegfried, (765) 494-4709; e-mail,
Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; e-mail,

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