Purdue Engineering National Rankings – 2021

Graduate Program National Rankings

(2021, published in March 2020)

Rank Unit
7th Purdue Engineering
2nd Agricultural and Biological Engineering
6th Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
6th Civil Engineering
6th Industrial Engineering
Tied with MIT, Stanford, Wisconsin-Madison and Virginia Tech
9th Mechanical Engineering
Tied with Carnegie Mellon and Princeton
9th Electrical Engineering
Tied with Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and Princeton
12th Computer Engineering
Tied with University of Washington
12th Nuclear Engineering
Tied with RPI
15th Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Tied with Arizona State, Colorado-Boulder, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Princeton, Rice and Wisconsin-Madison
16th Chemical Engineering
Tied with Colorado-Boulder and Cornell
16th Materials Engineering
Tied with Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida and Wisconsin-Madison
34th Biomedical Engineering
Tied with North Carolina-Chapel Hill and USC

The College of Engineering is made up of 11 schools and 2 divisions: aeronautics and astronautics, agricultural and biological, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical and computer, engineering education, industrial, materials, mechanical, nuclear, construction engineering and management, and environmental and ecological engineering. Also, the college houses programs such as Purdue Online – Engineering, EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service), the Minority Engineering Program, the Women in Engineering Program and Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships.

Online Graduate Program National Rankings

(2021, published in January 2021)

Rank Unit
3rd Online Graduate Engineering
3rd Online Graduate Engineering for Veterans
1st Industrial Engineering
1st Mechanical Engineering
1st Electrical Engineering
2nd Civil Engineering
3rd Engineering Management


Undergraduate Program National Rankings

(2021, published in September 2020)

Overall, tied with Cornell
Overall, tied with MIT
Overall, tied with Stanford
Overall, tied with the University of Washington
Overall, tied with Cornell
Overall, tied with Princeton

Note: The Nuclear undergraduate discipline is not ranked by USNWR, but is part of their graduate rankings.

Purdue Engineering undergraduate programs consistently rank high among their national peers. In the U.S. News & World Report survey “Best Colleges 2021,” released in September 2020, Purdue’s College of Engineering ranked 9th nationally among doctorate-granting universities. Undergraduate program rankings are based on ratings by deans and senior faculty in those disciplines at peer institutions.