About Purdue University, West Lafayette:

Purdue University is the flagship institution of the Purdue University system, founded in 1869. The campus is located in the small city of West Lafayette – the most densely populated city in the state of Indiana. There are 13 academic colleges and schools offering more than 200 different undergraduate majors, 70 postgraduate programmes and vocational degrees. The very first PhD awarded by the university in 1897 was in agricultural, in line with the college’s long tradition in agricultural science and engineering. The first Bachelor of Arts degree was not offered until 1959. Even today, the engineering programme is still the most reputed and competitive, and the university has been influential on the history of aviation in the United States over the years. The very first college credit in flight training and the first four-year bachelor programme in aviation were offered by Purdue. In 1934 Purdue University Airport was established as the first university-owned airport in the country. Twenty-three Purdue alumni have become astronauts, including Neil Armstrong – the first person to walk on the moon – and Eugene Cernan – the last person to walk on the moon. In 2010 the newest school was founded: The College of Health and Human Sciences, combining the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the College of Consumer and Family Sciences and psychology and hearing and speech pathology majors from the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to more than 400 research labs, the Purdue Research Park, established in 1961, enables the university’s experienced researchers to develop their work in collaboration with private business and high-tech industries. Four Purdue scientists have won Nobel Prizes while at the university: Herbert C. Brown for Chemistry in 1979, Ei-ichi Negishi for Chemistry in 2010 and Otto Doering together with Kevin Gurney for Climate Change research in 2007. Among public universities in the United States, Purdue enrolled the most international students as of 2014. Twenty-two per cent of the student population is international, hailing from 126 different countries. On campus, the only building still standing from the original six buildings is University Hall – built in 1871, then known as the Main Building. John Purdue, the benefactor of the university, was buried directly across from its main entrance.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 101 102 96 105 108 108 98 111 117 119 124 128 126

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 26 31 22 29 29 36 39 43 46 46 47 54
Engineering 32 21 27 30 34 33 42 45 40 53 64 62
Life Sciences 166 156 169 155 154 152 169 173 175 174 194 210
Medicine - - - - - - - - - 301-350 351-400 351-400
Natural Sciences 60 48 56 56 53 47 58 55 57 62 65 71
Social Sciences 80 101 93 84 86 88 96 94 93 106 105 107

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 25 29 41 34 35 34 32 34 31
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 162
Chemical Engineering 60 84 72 53 59 79 75 97 112 119
Chemistry 57 44 42 46 59 57 55 73 78 84
Civil Engineering 23 19 34 50 40 46 33 32 49 54
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 401-450
Computer Science 33 35 30 37 38 37 46 48 50 80
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 59
Electrical Engineering 15 26 26 31 39 43 40 49 63 66
Environment / Ecology - 118 132 124 131 136 129 126 121 131
Geosciences 93 98 91 89 100 108 104 103 93 112
Immunology - - - - - - - - - -
Materials Science 56 57 66 56 69 67 71 85 87 89
Mathematics 60 68 48 47 67 57 55 74 48 54
Mechanical Engineering 14 15 10 8 13 20 27 31 35 40
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 140
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 212
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 275
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 49 87 85 87 92 77 76 97
Physics 66 65 65 59 56 56 66 68 73 61
Plant & Animal Science - 15 14 20 22 24 26 31 36 39
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 106
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 130
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 180