Prospective Nuclear Engineering Students

95% of Our Graduates Have Post-Graduation Plans (Job placement or graduate school within 6 months of graduation)
$68,371 Average Starting Salary of Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Graduates (Purdue Center for Career Opportunities)
PUR-1 1st & Only Digital I&C Nuclear Reactor Operating in Indiana (Purdue Nuclear Engineering)
#11 Best Nuclear Engineering Program (U.S. News & World Report)

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Natalie Houghtalen

Meet Natalie Houghtalen, a Purdue University Nuclear Engineering student, who keeps herself busy while simultaneously studying to obtain a challenging degree. Her fascination and passion for the multi-faceted field of nuclear engineering are detectable in nearly everything she does, and her wide range of extracurriculars make her a standout individual pursuing her dream of working in nuclear technology advocacy.

What is Nuclear Engineering?

The School of Nuclear Engineering (NE) focuses on the study of nuclear energy. Energy is one of the key global challenges of our time, and nuclear energy has been one of the most sustainable energy options over the last six decades.

In view of its ability to provide reliable, safe, and affordable electricity in a broad spectrum of energy scale with no carbon gas emissions, nuclear energy is indisputably the most feasible and indispensable option among many energy sources of the future. It is a pivotal time for us to provide the global society with top-notch ethical nuclear engineers as future leaders.

The BS NE degree prepares you for a wide range of jobs in nuclear engineering. Graduates design, develop and work in a wide range of areas including hydrogen and fuel cell systems, nuclear radiation, reactor physics, renewable and hybrid nuclear systems, thermal hydraulics and reactor safety.

Purdue engineers have an interest in changing the world, making an impact in their communities, and doing meaningful work. Strong leadership characteristics, ingenuity, adaptability, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and technical proficiency are among the main competencies that our students gain. Purdue engineering is dedicated to helping students attain the skills and attributes needed to succeed in this rapidly-changing global economy.

NE Undergraduate Office


Lambertus Hall, Suite 5281
363 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-5739


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Future Engineers.