US Rankings: Purdue Remains Engineering Royalty; Rise of Science and Analytical Chemistry, ABE #1 in respective fields
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Home to national hypersonics and cybersecurity research centers, a sprawling innovation district and some of the most in-demand graduates in professional fields such as healthcare, finance and consulting, aviation and aerospace and manufacturing, Purdue University has seen graduate student enrollment hit an all-time high — up 16% from last year and 43% over the past decade.
Why such a success ? A look at the most recent US News & World Report Graduate School Ranking gives a strong clue.
For the second year in a row, Purdue’s College of Engineering graduate program is No. 4 nationally in the rankings, released Tuesday, March 29.
Seven of the College of Engineering’s graduate programs are in the top 10 in their fields, and 11 departmental programs are in the top 15 nationwide. The College of Science is also lighting up specialty lists, with 11 of its programs ranked.
Purdue’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering graduate program is in its usual place at the top. It’s nothing new: it’s been ranked #1 for the past two years (and #1 or #2 for 11 of the past 12 years) – with the ABE undergraduate program dominating the top spot in the over the past 11 years. Analytical chemistry also ranks first in its field of specialty.
In addition to these distinctions, the Doctoral School has also seen the impact of a targeted effort to improve diversity. In the five-year period ending in the spring of 2020, Purdue awarded the most doctorates to black students among R1 peer research institutions (those who meet certain research activity and funding criteria such as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) nationally and in the Big Ten – in the disciplines of chemistry, physical sciences, veterinary medicine, computer science and statistics.
This high diversity image is based on a Purdue analysis compiled from the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System.
Additionally, Purdue ranked second among its peer R1 and Big Ten universities in the number of doctorates granted to black students in agricultural engineering and engineering-related technology during this period, according to Purdue-IPEDS analysis. .
“When I became Dean of the Graduate School, I made a commitment to diversify higher education at Purdue, and we are working to achieve this through innovative programs, like our Graduate Diversity Visiting Program and our Visiting Graduate Program. ‘summer research opportunities,’ said Linda Mason, dean of the Graduate School. “We understand that diversity drives innovation, and innovation is the backbone of Purdue’s research business. We are proud of the progress we have made as a university and understand that we still have work to do.
Tuesday’s graduate school rankings follow U.S. News & World Report’s online rankings in January, in which Purdue Engineering also ranked among the elite. Purdue is third overall in the College of Engineering’s online master’s programs, with master’s programs in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering management all #1.
This persistent pursuit of excellence has been reflected in the ranking of graduates at all levels. Besides petroleum engineering, Purdue competes in all engineering rankings and improved last year’s ranking in eight of them. Engineering highlights show Purdue at:
- No. 1 agricultural and organic.
- No. 5 in aerospace, up from No. 6 in the 2021 ranking.
- No. 7 in civil and industrial (instead of No. 10).
- No. 8 in mechanics.
- No. 9 in Computers (instead of 11) and Electricity (instead of 11).
- No. 11 in both environmental (instead of 14) and nuclear.
- No. 13 in material, down from 17.
- No. 14 in chemistry, against 16.
- No. 29 in biomedical, compared to 33 (No. 7 among those without medical school).
“Although a particular ranking is always partially noisy, the pinnacle of large-scale excellence in the caliber of engineering faculty, students and staff is reflected,” said Mung Chiang, executive vice president of initiatives Strategies and Dean John A. Edwardson of the College. of Engineering. “This year marks the first time that Purdue Engineering has ranked in the top four in the country in consecutive years. And this is the first time that we have, other than biomedical which rivals many medical schools, all 11 other departmental rankings in the top 15, including seven in the top 10: upward momentum and stellar strength at all levels.
The College of Science’s doctoral programs have seen substantial increases in rankings, with 11 programs now listed among the best in their fields and Analytical Chemistry carrying the torch at No. 1.
Highlights include the continued strengthening of experimental sciences at Purdue, with biology and physics each moving up several spots. Reflecting strong cross-campus investments in data science, Purdue is now ranked in the top 25 in statistics and computer science, including systems and theory, with programming languages and topology in the top 15.
“The progress reflected in these rankings is a direct result of our substantial efforts and investments to strengthen science across Purdue, showing not only how much we are capable of achieving, but also how much more and more potential remains,” said Patrick J. Wolfe, Dean Frederick L. Hovde of the College of Science. “The sky’s the limit, and we work every day to define Purdue as a destination of choice for students seeking the best education in science-based fields.”
Agricultural and biological engineering, operated by both the College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering, remains the gold standard in its field.
“Our college is extremely proud to have the number 1 agricultural and biological engineering department in the nation,” said Karen Plaut, Dean Glenn W. Sample of the College of Agriculture. “What makes these programs the best in the country is a faculty that is world-renowned for its research and respected for its commitment to teaching future generations of scholars and innovators.”
In the Krannert School of Management graduate program, Production Operations curriculum is #3, Project Management #7, Supply Chain Management #9, Business Analytics No. 15 and Information Systems No. 19. In the College of Health Sciences and Humanities, the Industrial Psychology program is No. 7.
In other rankings, Purdue is No. 47 overall in education; in the top 50 in economics and psychology, No. 26 in master’s programs in nursing and 45 in doctorate in nursing practice; and in the top 75 graduate programs in public health.
“We are thrilled to see the graduate programs of our new department, Public Health – formed in July 2019 – already climbing the rankings,” said Marion Underwood, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. “Purdue is uniquely positioned to help meet the need for additional public health care workers and to improve public health and health equity in Indiana, the nation and the world. In addition to our strong and growing public health faculty, Purdue has particular strengths in the fields of pharmacy, nursing, health sciences, agriculture, food sciences and nutrition, veterinary medicine, engineering and extension. All can contribute to Purdue’s distinct public health and health equity initiatives.
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