Common Q's

Why Purdue Engineering?

The Engineer of 2020 will need to possess strong leadership characteristics, ingenuity, and adaptability as well as technical proficiency. To ensure that our students graduate with the skills and attributes to be competitive in an uncertain and rapidly changing global economy, Purdue's College of Engineering has established the Engineer of 2020 Initiative.

Purdue Engineering was ranked 2nd in the nation in preparing its students for the work force in a Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters released in September, 2010. Purdue's engineers stand at the forefront of industry, education and discovery with a goal of impacting the world and those who live in it.

Explore Purdue's College of Engineering, the gateway to your exciting future.

Purdue Engineering is one of the best in the country.

Our graduate and undergraduate programs have consistently been top ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Check out our latest rankings!

We help your dreams take flight.

Purdue Engineering has prepared over 70,000 alumni worldwide to reach their dreams. Our alumni are a dynamic and accomplished group that include, to name a few, Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan (the first and last man on the moon), respectively; John Atalla (father of the "PIN"); Lillian Gilbreth (the first lady of engineering); Reginald Fessenden (father of radio broadcasting); Kathy Kilmer (head Industrial Engineer at Walt Disney, Orlando); and Don Thompson (President and COO of McDonald's Corporation Worldwide. Review our lists of famous alumni and faculty awards and honors. We want to support you as you prepare to reach your dreams.

We've planned for your success.

Start your journey as an engineering student with our road map for success: the First-Year Engineering Program, a program, which introduces students to engineering fundamentals, potential career paths, and majors. This unique program, established in 1938, was the first of its kind and gives students an opportunity to lay a strong academic foundation through hands on projects while working in a team of four. This program helps students in developing key skills and in selecting a major that matches their strengths and interests.

There are unlimited opportunities.

Choose from a large number of engineering majors and unique minors. We also offer you the option to create your own major through our interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs.

Our degrees lead to great jobs.

The average starting salary, across engineering disciplines, for Purdue Engineering graduates for 2009 was $58,900 with approximately a 90% placement for our students within six months of graduation. To assist students in developing their resume and open doors of opportunity at graduation, all students are strongly encouraged to get work experience through either a co-op or internship. These opportunities begin as early as the summer after the first-year.

The Professional Practice Program helps students find top co-ops that expose students to vital professional experience, review their list of programs. To assist students in gaining internships, the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) co-sponsors multiple job fairs throughout the year including the largest student run job fair in the nation the Industrial Roundtable.

You can expand your horizons.

Take your education beyond the classroom. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) and Discovery Undergraduate Research Internships (DURI) connect you with mentors in hands-on research. Here you'll also discover signature areas with exciting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary initiatives.

Prepare for the global economy by taking advantage of amazing global workplace or study-abroad opportunities at distinguished universities all around the world through the Global Engineering Program.

From around the world to your own back yard, Purdue Engineering students are making a difference. Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) allows students to work on real life projects for non-profit organizations. Starting as early as your first semester you can work with an organization on the timeline, budget, and project to meet their needs.

Our amazing facilities are getting bigger and better.

We've been expanding our campus, building state-of-the-art facilities to launch a new and exciting era. The Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, which opened in 2007, serves as our flagship facility. At Discovery Park you'll find a modern technology complex where groundbreaking research is in progress.

Accessible Faculty

Our outstanding faculty lead 87% of Purdue Engineering classes. Students can study alongside professors who share their rich experience and expertise. The School of Engineering Education, the first in the world, focuses on how to help our undergraduate students succeed in engineering. All faculty members hold regular office hours dedicated to meeting with the students from their class. Students not able to make it to office hours are encouraged to schedule an appointment by email or phone. Meet our recent teaching awards recipients; maybe you'll have the opportunity to take one or more of their classes.

Engineering at Purdue is a Team Sport

Teamwork is a culture not an expectation. Top students from around the world come to Purdue and you'll have the opportunity to collaborate in a variety of areas throughout your undergraduate degree.

A "Real World" Community

We're building a student body that reflects our diverse world. The Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) and Minority Engineering Program (MEP) provide leadership in this area. Purdue is home to students from over 120 countries and all 50 states are represented in Purdue Engineering. Come meet the world in West Lafayette, IN.

Get Involved

Purdue Engineering students are very involved on campus and with over 900 student organizations there is something for everyone including 70 plus engineering organizations and activities. These opportunities will connect you with other students, expand your knowledge, and prepare you for success.