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April 5, 2002

Purdue's grad programs rank among best in U.S. News survey

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Engineering, science and management programs at Purdue University rank among the top graduate programs in the country, according to a U.S.News & World Report survey released today (Friday, 3/5).

The survey ranks Purdue's graduate programs in the Schools of Engineering 12th in the country. The Krannert Graduate School of Management ranks 28th overall. Four doctorate programs in the School of Science ranked 20th or better, including Purdue's graduate program in analytical chemistry, which was ranked second overall.

The list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" appears in the April 15 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands Monday (4/8). New rankings were released for a number of specialty disciplines, including the sciences. All the rankings and related articles are available on the U.S.News & World Report Web site.

Six of Purdue's Schools of Engineering graduate-level programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation:

• School of Industrial Engineering, third.

• School of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, sixth.

• School of Civil Engineering, seventh.

• School of Mechanical Engineering, seventh.

• School of Nuclear Engineering, seventh.

• School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ninth.

In a separate ranking category, corporate recruiters rated Purdue engineering sixth in the nation.

"We are gratified that Purdue engineering is recognized as among the best in the nation and that corporate recruiters ranked our programs sixth, which is a direct reflection on the quality of our students and faculty," said Linda P. Katehi, dean of the Schools of Engineering. "Our individual programs continue to rank high. And we are committed to intensifying our efforts to further improve our overall rankings and make Purdue the leading engineering institution."

With an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,100, graduate enrollment of about 1,300 and a faculty of about 270, Purdue's engineering program is one of the largest in the United States. It encompasses 13 schools, departments and divisions.

The Krannert School of Management's MBA program ranked fourth nationally in production/operations management and eighth in quantitative analysis.

"Our top-30 national ranking is consistent with our strategic plan to be a school where management and technology meet," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management.

"We are especially happy to be ranked fourth nationally in production/operations management, as Indiana has the largest percentage of its population employed in manufacturing compared to any other state in the nation.

"Our top-10 ranking in quantitative analysis is a testimonial to our emphasis on using analytical tools in the management of technology."

In the specialty rankings, based upon nominations by business school deans and heads of MBA programs, the Krannert School ranked 12th in management information systems, 20th in general management, 20th in marketing and 28th in accounting.

Krannert ranked 28th overall among the nation's 325 accredited MBA programs in business and management. Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ranked 21st nationally. The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business tied for 34th.

The Krannert School has 2,400 undergraduate management majors, 422 master's degree students and 112 doctoral students.

In the sciences, doctoral programs in chemistry, computer sciences and statistics ranked among the top 20 programs nationally, and Purdue's graduate program in analytical chemistry was ranked second overall, following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"We are pleased that so many of our programs continue to be highly ranked in this latest survey," said Harry A. Morrison, dean of the School of Science. "The Purdue School of Science is constantly striving to hire the very best faculty, and in so doing, competes with the most eminent universities for the best minds in the country. Our success is evident in these rankings, but we are not satisfied. A primary goal within the school's strategic plan is to have all of our departments, or substantial components of these departments, rank among the top 15 in the country."

Overall, Purdue's chemistry program ranked 18th, tying with the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University. The Department of Computer Sciences ranked 20th in the country, a tie with Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University and the University of California at San Diego.

In a subcategory for mathematical statistics, Purdue's Department of Statistics ranked seventh, tied with Cornell University. Other doctoral programs in mathematics also ranked among the top: Purdue's overall mathematics program was ranked 26th in the country and the program in applied mathematics ranked 27th.

Purdue's doctoral programs in physics ranked 32nd, and the biological sciences program ranked 36th.

The School of Science has about 300 faculty members, and it enrolls almost 1,000 graduate students and 3,000 undergraduates. It is made up of seven departments: biology, chemistry, computer sciences, earth and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics.

Writer: Susan Gaidos, (765) 494-2081;

Sources: Warren Stevenson, associate dean of engineering, (765) 494-5340,

Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Harry A. Morrison, (765) 494-1730,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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