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August 20, 2004

Purdue's undergrad engineering, business among tops nationally

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University ranked among the top 25 public universities nationally, and its undergraduate programs in engineering and business are among the best in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report magazine rankings released today (Friday, Aug. 20).

Purdue's College of Engineering tied with Carnegie Mellon University for eighth nationally – up one place from last year – among doctoral-granting universities. The Krannert School of Management tied for 17th in the nation and ranks No. 8 among public doctoral-granting business schools.

Overall, Purdue's undergraduate programs tied for No. 22 nationally among public doctoral degree-granting universities. Harvard and Princeton universities tied for the top spot among all doctoral degree-granting universities. The University of California-Berkeley garnered top spot among public doctoral-granting universities. Indiana University tied for 30th overall nationally among public universities.

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"This year's rankings demonstrate the continued excellence of two of Purdue's signature programs – engineering and management," said Purdue Provost Sally Mason. "Our strategic plan and the $1.3 billion Campaign for Purdue have allowed us to dedicate more resources to improvements not just in these areas, but across the university, and we are seeing those efforts recognized."

Purdue's engineering specialties ranked as follows:

• Industrial/manufacturing engineering, No 2.

• Nuclear engineering, tied for No. 4.

• Aerospace/aeronautical engineering, tied for No. 4.

• Agricultural engineering, No. 5.

• Civil engineering, No. 6.

• Mechanical engineering, No. 7.

• Electrical/electronic/communications engineering, No. 8.

• Computer engineering, No. 10.

• Materials engineering, No. 12.

• Chemical engineering, No. 13.

• Environmental engineering, No. 18.

• Biomedical engineering, tied for No. 18.

Krannert's specialty undergraduate programs rankings are:

• Production/operations management, No. 2.

• Quantitative analysis, No. 4.

• Supply-chain management-logistics, No. 7.

• Management information systems, No. 13.

• Finance, tied for No. 21.


Krannert's production/operations ranking is up from third last year. MIT ranked first and Carnegie Mellon University third. Krannert's quantitative-analysis ranking is up one spot from fifth last year. Tops in quantitative analysis this year is MIT. Krannert came in just ahead of University of Michigan and University of California-Berkeley, which tied for fifth. Krannert also moved from 11th to seventh in supply-chain management.

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The magazine bases its specialty rankings on ratings by deans and senior faculty in those disciplines at peer institutions.

Linda P.B. Katehi, Purdue's John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, said this year's rankings are a recognition of progress in the college.

"This ranking is a tribute to the strength of our students and faculty across the entire spectrum of engineering," Katehi said. "We are very pleased to be recognized as one of the best in the nation, but are not yet satisfied.

"The College of Engineering is in the midst of a building expansion campaign that will increase by 60 percent the size and quality of our facilities, and the number of the engineering faculty is growing from 270 to 375. These steps will allow Purdue to build upon its already outstanding engineering programs and provide the best possible education to our undergraduate students."

Richard A. Cosier, dean and Leeds Professor of Management, said, "We are particularly pleased to move up in production management, quantitative analysis and supply-chain management, given our strategic priority of the management of technology. And, of course, we are proud to be ranked once again among the top 20 undergraduate business programs in the country and in the top 10 among public universities.

"Our undergraduates have been taking classes in Rawls Hall, which opened last fall. We believe the building, along with our undergraduate enhancement program, bode well for both our students and our future rankings."

The Krannert School's undergraduate enhancement program includes a teamwork course, adding staffing to career services, a study abroad emphasis, and an undergraduate management communication center, which will allow students to improve their communication and presentation skills.

The top undergraduate business school was the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ranked 11th in the poll. Purdue held steady at No. 17. The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business tied with four other schools for No. 20.

The top-ranked engineering undergraduate doctoral degree-granting university in the poll was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Ind., was cited as the nation's No. 1 engineering school that offers only a bachelor's degree, and Purdue University-Calumet tied with six other universities for 47th.

Purdue's College of Engineering is made up of 13 schools, departments and programs: aeronautics and astronautics; agricultural and biological; biomedical; chemical; civil; construction engineering and management; electrical and computer; engineering education; industrial; interdisciplinary; materials; mechanical; and nuclear.

In the 2003-04 school year, the college included more than 6,400 undergraduate students and almost 2,500 graduate students, making it one of the largest in the nation.

The Krannert School of Management has 2,550 undergraduate students enrolled this year, majoring in management, accounting, industrial management and economics.

The data for determining the nation's best institutions of higher education come from questionnaires sent to all accredited four-year colleges and universities. The magazine then determines its rankings based on several measures that fall into seven broad categories: academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate.

Information on the rankings can be found at the U.S.News & World Report Web site. The magazine's college guidebook, "America's Best Colleges," contains a directory of more than 1,400 institutions.

The U.S.News and World Report issue ranking America's best colleges and universities will be on newsstands Monday (Aug. 23).

Writers: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Matt Holsapple, (765) 494-2073,

Sources: Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709,

Linda P.B. Katehi, (765) 494-5346,

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

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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Olivia Djibo, a graduate student in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Ivory Coast, helps several undergraduate students with a metal strain test experiment. In U.S.News and World Report rankings that were released today (Friday, Aug. 20), Purdue's undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering rank No. 8 nationally among doctoral-granting universities, and the Krannert School of Management's undergraduate programs rank No. 17. (Purdue News Service file photo/David Umberger)

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Rawls Hall, the new Krannert School of Management facility that opened last fall, is among the enhancements made to the undergraduate management programs at Purdue. In U.S.News and World Report rankings that were released today (Friday, Aug. 20), Purdue's undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering rank No. 8 nationally among doctoral-granting universities, and the Krannert School of Management's undergraduate programs rank No. 17. (Purdue News Service file photo/David Umberger)

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