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Engineering Impact: Summer 2022

Summer 2022

Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale: Purdue Engineering Graduate Program Scores Back-to-Back Top 4 U.S. Rankings for First Time

by College of Engineering

Reaching new heights in its pursuit of the Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale, Purdue University's College of Engineering is No. 4 for the second consecutive year in overall national rankings of graduate engineering programs and has increased its standing in eight disciplines in the new U.S. News & World Report rankings released March 29, 2022. This is the first time on record that Purdue Engineering is ranked in the top 4 in the U.S. in consecutive years.

On the departmental level, Purdue's Agricultural and Biological Engineering graduate program ranks No. 1 for the third consecutive year. In addition, 11 of the 12 departmental programs made the top 15 rankings in their fields, with nine of them among the top 11 in the country. This is the best departmental ranking vector Purdue Engineering schools have achieved since national graduate rankings started.

"While any ranking is always partial, noisy, and never a reason for complacency, the latest national rankings demonstrate upward momentum and stellar strength across our College," said Mung Chiang, Purdue executive vice president for strategic initiatives and John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering. "They reflect the caliber of Purdue Engineering faculty, students and staff in attaining the Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale."

The other highly ranking engineering programs are from MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University (ties for No.4 with Purdue). Among the Big Ten universities, two others have top 10 graduate engineering programs: Michigan (Ann Arbor) at No. 9 and Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) at No. 10.

In March 2021, Purdue Engineering was ranked No. 4 for the first time in 27 years in the graduate rankings. The latest graduate rankings follow Purdue Engineering's showing in January in U.S. News & World Report evaluation of online master's engineering programs, where Purdue placed No. 3 in the U.S. for the second consecutive year.