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April 1, 2005

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

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's pharmacy, engineering and management programs rank among the top graduate programs in the country, according to the U.S.News & World Report survey released today (Friday, April 1).

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The survey ranks Purdue's pharmacy program fourth nationally, and the College of Engineering No. 10 overall in the country. The Krannert Graduate School of Management ranked No. 23 overall.

"This year's U.S.News and World Report graduate school rankings show Purdue's strength across a number of schools and disciplines," said John J. Contreni, dean of the graduate school. "We all – faculty, graduate students and staff – have much of which to be proud here."

In the first ranking U.S. News ever has published on pharmacy schools, Purdue's doctoral program in pharmacy tied for fourth nationally.

"Purdue pharmacy graduates are consistently held in high regard by both industry and academia because they come out of our program with a top-notch education from a unique environment," said John Pezzuto, dean of the School of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences. "Because we provide our students with opportunities to learn the science of fundamental research, the business of drug manufacture and the art of patient care, they enter the work force with the skills to succeed."

In addition to its to its No. 10 national ranking, a number of schools in the College of Engineering also were highly ranked in the survey.

"Our college has done very well in many aspects of graduate education, and the rankings among our peer institutions speak to our successful efforts to increase research output and improve our reputation," said Linda Katehi, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "Our investments in new faculty hires and the improvement of our research and educational infrastructure will pay off in many ways in the near future. Our goal is to be ranked among the top four institutions."

Purdue's College of Engineering included 324 faculty in 2004 and is expected to grow to 395 over the next several years. Katehi said there are plans to invest $10 million in new and ongoing research. New facilities include the nearly 123,000-square-foot Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, which will house its recently established Department of Engineering Education, the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Materials Engineering, Engineering Projects in Community Service and a number of student-focused program offices.

Individual Purdue engineering specialties rankings are:

• Nuclear engineering, fourth;
• Industrial engineering, fourth;
• Aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, sixth;
• Civil engineering, fifth;
• Mechanical engineering, ninth;
• Computer engineering, ninth;
• Electrical engineering, 10th;
• Chemical engineering, 12th;
• Materials engineering, 15th;
• Biomedical engineering, 32nd.

In addition, among employers surveyed, the College of Engineering tied for eighth nationally with the University of Michigan, the University of Texas and Cornell University.

Krannert School of Management's MBA program ranked 23rd overall and among the top 25 in six specialty areas.

"A U.S. News ranking in the top 25 reinforces Krannert's place in the top tier of MBA schools," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "This result, along with a Wall Street Journal No. 1 ranking and recognition as Business Week's 'most improved' school, shows Krannert is on the move."

Krannert School of Management specialty rankings are:

• Production/operations management, third;
• Supply chain/logistics, ninth;
• Information systems, 12th;
• Executive education, 14th;
• Management, 21st;
• Marketing, 25th.

The survey also ranked the College of Education tied for No. 49.

George W. Hynd, dean of the College of Education, said, "This falls squarely within the realm of our strategic plan, and we're pleased to be joined by other prestigious schools in our quest for excellence. For us, this ranking provides an indicator of where we are and a roadmap to help us get to where we want to be."

Although the education program at Purdue has been around for almost a century, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the university's College of Education.

Purdue's Department of English doctoral program, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, tied for 56th nationally. This ranking is six spots higher than when the department was ranked in 2001, said Toby L. Parcel, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Other comparative U.S. News rankings of Indiana universities include Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, which tied for 27th, and Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, which tied for 32nd. IU's School of Education ranked 15th, and its English department tied for 23rd. Notre Dame's English department tied for 36th.

The University of California, San Francisco, ranked first among pharmacy doctoral programs. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the engineering rankings, and Harvard was ranked the No. 1 business school.

The magazine did not rank graduate programs in the sciences, health disciplines or public affairs in this year's survey.

U.S.News & World Report's complete rankings in "America's Best Graduate Schools" will be available on newsstands Monday (April 4). U.S. News has published graduate school rankings annually since 1987.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Sources: John Contreni, (765) 494-2604, contreni@purdue.edu

John M. Pezzuto, (765) 494-1368, jpezzuto@purdue.edu

Linda Katehi, (765) 494-5346, katehi@purdue.edu

Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366, rcosier@mgmt.purdue.edu

George W. Hynd, (765) 494-2336, ghynd@purdue.edu

Toby Parcell, (765) 494-3661, tlparcel@sla.purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

 

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In this spring scene, Purdue's Class of '39 water sculpture on the Purdue Mall stands in front of the Frederick L. Hovde Hall of Administration. In this year's U.S.News and World report graduate school rankings, Purdue's pharmacy, engineering and management programs were ranked among the nation's best. (Purdue University file photo/David Umberger)

A publication-quality photograph is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2005/ranking05-purdue.jpg

 

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