Purdue College of Engineering graduate program ranked 8th by U.S. News & World Report

The Purdue College of Engineering remains ranked 8th in the most recent U.S. News & World Report graduate program rankings made public today, March 11, 2014. The rankings also put seven engineering disciplines in the top 10.

Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, congratulated Bernie Engel, head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and all ABE faculty, as that department marked its sixth consecutive year ranked No. 1. Jamieson also congratulated Aeronautics and Astronautics, Computer Engineering, Environmental and Ecological Engineering, and Industrial Engineering for moving higher in this year's rankings.

"Strong rankings reflect the collective excellence and efforts of our faculty, staff, and students," Jamieson said. "They help us recruit and retain top faculty and students." 

Rankings Summary 

8th (Overall), tied with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
5th, Tied with Georgia Tech
6th, Tied with MIT
8th, Tied with Virginia Tech
9th, Tied with University of Texas-Austin
10th, Tied with Cornell University
10th, Tied with Carnegie Mellon University and University of Texas-Austin
14th, Tied with Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University, and University of Colorado-Boulder
16th, Tied with University of Washington and University of Wisconsin-Madison
26th, Tied with Harvard, University of California-Irvine, and Yale

Jamieson noted that the discipline rankings are based entirely on peer evaluations, while the college rankings are a combination of peer and recruiter assessments, along with a variety of performance-based factors.

She also cited two factors that continue to grow: 

  • Research expenditures per faculty member increased by 10 percent.
  • Total research expenditures increased by 4 percent compared to last year.

Other factors Jamieson cited:

  • The College's peer assessment score remained steady at 4.2 (out of 5.0) with nine schools having a higher peer assessment score; nine were ahead of the College last year as well.  The College's recruiter-assessment score continued at 4.1, with seven schools having a greater recruiter assessment score; seven were ahead last year.   
  • The College's PhD students-per-faculty number increased by 4 percent, from 4.9 to 5.1, while Ph.D. degrees granted increased nearly 5 percent.
  • Incoming students' average quantitative GRE score increased one point to 163.