March 30, 2007
U.S. News ranks Purdue graduate programs among country's bestWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's engineering and management programs, as well as several science disciplines, maintained high standings in the U.S. News & World Report's survey of the nation's top graduate schools released Friday (March 30).
The survey ranks Purdue's College of Engineering graduate programs 12th in the country. The Krannert School of Management ranks No. 22 nationally among MBA programs, tying with Ohio State University. Two programs in the College of Science ranked 25 or higher.
Last year, Purdue's engineering programs ranked No. 6.
"We anticipated a dip in this year's rankings," said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "The guidelines for data that we submit to U.S. News are open to interpretation, and we made a decision to respond with a more literal approach this year and in the future.
"Some universities use a broader interpretation. We made this decision with the full understanding that a drop in our ranking would be a likely short-term result."
Individual Purdue engineering program specialties that ranked among the top 25 are:
* Aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, No. 6
* Biomedical engineering, No. 24, tied with Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, University of California-Davis and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
* Chemical engineering, No. 14, tied with Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology
* Civil engineering, No. 7, tied with the University of Michigan
* Computer engineering, No. 11, tied with Cornell University
* Electrical engineering, No. 10, tied with Princeton University and the University of Texas-Austin
* Environmental engineering, No. 16, tied with the University of Iowa and the University of Washington
* Industrial and manufacturing engineering, No. 6, tied with Northwestern University
* Materials engineering, No. 14, tied with Ohio State University
* Mechanical engineering, No. 7, tied with the Georgia Institute of Technology
* Nuclear engineering, No. 8
Krannert's 22nd ranking is down one spot from last year. In business school specialty rankings, Krannert placed No. 3 in production/operations, down one spot from last year, and tied for No. 7 in supply chain/logistics, which is unchanged from last year. Also, Krannert's executive MBA program placed No. 18, tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and its information systems program placed No. 14.
"This top-25 standing in U.S. News is very good news," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "It is consistent with other rankings of our MBA programs from national surveys conducted by the Wall Street Journal and Business Week, and is further verification that Krannert remains a major force among business schools in the country."
Two College of Science programs placed in the top 25 in the rankings. Purdue placed second nationally in analytical chemistry, and chemistry tied for No. 22 with Texas A&M University, the University of California at Irvine and the University of Minnesota.
The statistics program is ranked 11th, the computer science program is ranked 18th, the mathematics program is 26th, the physics program is 35th in the nation and the earth and atmospheric sciences program is ranked No. 43. The systems computer science program and analysis mathematics program are ranked in the top 20. These rankings were reported in 2006 and carry over into this year's report.
"These rankings reflect a high regard from academia and industry for our graduates and the educational environment offered by Purdue," said Jeffrey S. Vitter, the Frederick Hovde dean of the College of Science. "Through excellence in research, multidisciplinary opportunities and world-class facilities, Purdue prepares students for the rapidly evolving science fields.
"We recently opened the Lawson Computer Science Building and will soon begin construction of the Hockmeyer Hall of Structural Biology. Both buildings push the boundaries of science and will further Purdue's groundbreaking research in these areas and all science disciplines. The national ranking of six of our science programs affirms the direction the college has taken and confirms Purdue as a leader in the sciences."
Purdue's College of Education placed No. 46 in the nation, unchanged from last year, tied with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
In a new category this year, Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine placed No. 14, tied with Auburn University, University of Tennessee and Washington State University.
The magazine does not rank all programs every year. In the most recent rankings, the School of Pharmacy ranked fourth in 2005, and computer science placed 18th in 2006. In 2004, the speech-language pathology program tied for No. 3, and the audiology program tied for No. 8.U.S. News & World Report's complete rankings in "America's Best Graduate Schools" will be available on newsstands Monday (April 2). U.S. News has published graduate school rankings annually since 1987.
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