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August 26, 2008

Krannert's undergraduate programs rank highly in U.S.News specialties

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Five specialty areas in Purdue University's Krannert School of Management undergraduate program fared well in expanded rankings just released by U.S.News and World Report magazine.

The magazine's initial rankings were released on Friday (Aug. 22) and were followed by the expanded specialty rankings. Among the Krannert School's top-25 specialty rankings are:

* Productions/operations management, No. 2 behind MIT and was the top-ranked public university.

* Quantitative analysis/methods, No. 4 behind MIT, University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon and also was the top-ranked public university.

* Supply chain management/logistics, No. 9, up one place from last year.

* Management information systems, No. 15.

* Management, No. 21, tied with Ohio State University.

"Our specialty programs in the Krannert School offer undergraduates a wide selection from which to choose as the foundation for their Purdue education, as well as for their future careers," said Purdue President France A. Córdova. "The acknowledgment of these programs as among the best in the nation speaks not only to the quality of our programs and faculty, but also to the students who earn their degrees and carry the Purdue name out into the business world."

The overall Krannert undergraduate program moved up four places to rank 17th nationally.

The Krannert School shares the No. 17 slot with the University of Maryland, the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University. The Krannert School is tied for No. 9 among business schools at public universities and is now in the top 20 of business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The top undergraduate business school was the University of Pennsylvania, followed by MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, which was tied with the University of Michigan.

Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ranked No. 11, and the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business tied for No. 17 with Purdue, the University of Maryland and Ohio State University.

The U.S.News rankings of business schools and specialty programs is based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The schools receiving the most votes are listed.

The Krannert School of Management had 2,746 undergraduate students enrolled during the 2007-08 academic year majoring in management, accounting, industrial management and economics, 623 master's students and 98 doctoral students. It offers master's degrees in management and human resource management; four executive MBAs through a combination of distance-learning and part-time residence on campus; bachelor's degrees in accounting, economics, management and industrial management; and the doctorate.

Earlier this year, U.S.News ranked Krannert School's executive MBA program No. 20 nationally.

In both 2004 and 2005, The Wall Street Journal named Krannert School a No. 1 MBA school. In 2007 Financial Times ranked the Krannert School's MBA program No. 11 worldwide and first in international course experience.

Information on other Purdue rankings can be found at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/ranking.html .

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 494-2079, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

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