Purdue University Accreditation and Rankings


The staff of Purdue University from the president to the faculty, takes every day as a challenge to reach for higher goals. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Additionally, many of our individual programs have specific accreditations in those particular fields of study.


Purdue has received national recognition for the quality of its educational programs:

  • Purdue University continues to be one of the top 25 public universities, according to U.S.News and World Report.
  • The College of Education is ranked nationally at #29 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report.
  • In 2016, Purdue was ranked as a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs. The list measures the programs and services important to the military community, including a school’s flexibility, veteran student support, academic accreditation, percentage of student veterans, tuition discounts and military spouse policies.
  • The Wall Street Journal has ranked Purdue University #4 in the Top 25 Universities Ranked by Recruiters. Specifically, the engineering program at Purdue was ranked 2. Purdue’s popularity with recruiters is a very strong indicator for Purdue graduates in today’s job market.
  • The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranked Purdue University #5 in the Top Public Universities in the U.S.

Purdue University's programs in engineering, education and business have also been ranked among the best in the country in U.S.News & World Report's 2016 graduate school rankings.

  • Engineering: Purdue's College of Engineering was ranked No. 6 in the country, and Purdue lands at #4 on the list of the Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs.
  • Education: Purdue's College of Education ranked 38th.
  • Business: Krannert School of Management ranked 53rd. Among specialty rankings, Krannert's production/operations program ranked seventh and its supply chain/logistics program ranked tenth.


Purdue University has an illustrious history of educating individuals who have shaped the world we live in. From ambassadors to astronauts, Olympic athletes to Nobel Prize winners, Purdue is proud of the incredible feats our alumni and faculty continue to accomplish.

  • Nobel Prize recipients from Purdue include two alumni, six former faculty members, one professor emeritus, and three current faculty members. In fall 2010, Ei-ichi Negishi, the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, became the University’s most recent recipient, winning the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
  • Our alumni include 23 astronauts who play a pivotal role in the U.S. space program. In 2012, we mourned the death of one of Purdue’s most famous alumni, Neil Armstrong, BS ’55, who stepped foot on the moon for the first time on July 20, 1969. Three Purdue University alumni and a professor are part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, which in 2012 landed the Curiosity rover on the red planet’s surface.
  • In 2007 and 2009, Purdue faculty members won the World Food prize, which is widely considered the Nobel Prize of agriculture. Agronomy Professor Gebisa Ejeta’s research on sorghum seed genetics has vastly improved the food supply for the people of 12 countries in Africa and resulted in his naming as the 2009 recipient. In 2007, Philip Nelson, the Scholle Chair Professor in Food Processing, won the award for developing aseptic bulk storage and distribution, a technology to transport processed fruits and vegetables without spoilage.
  • Purdue alumnus Elwood Mead oversaw the construction of the Hoover Dam, which upon its completion in 1936, was the world’s largest concrete structure, containing 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete. Also, Purdue Civil Engineering faculty member Charles Ellis conceived and drew up specifications for the Golden Gate Bridge, which was built in San Francisco in 1937. Both structures were at one time among the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World.”
  • Alumnus Cliff Turpin helped Orville and Wilbur Wright build and test their first flying machine in 1903. Turpin later set a world altitude record of 9,400 feet in 1911 in an airplane made out of wood and canvas and with no seatbelt. Purdue was the only college or university to have its own airport when it opened in 1930. Renowned aviatrix Amelia Earhart served as a women’s career consultant at Purdue from 1935 to 1937. More than 800 students annually have enjoyed the modern amenities of the Niswonger Aviation Technology Building, which opened in 2009.
  • Purdue is dubbed the “Cradle of Quarterbacks” for its tradition of standout players, including 15 who have gone on to play in the National Football League and who have accumulated more starts, completed more passes, and thrown for more yards and touchdown passes than quarterbacks from any other school. With Drew Brees, Len Dawson and Bob Griese as Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, Purdue is one of just two universities that can claim three different Super Bowl champs at the position.
  • Currently the president of Purdue, Mitchell E. Daniels was a political advisor to President Ronald Reagan, budget director for President George W. Bush, CEO of Eli Lilly, and two-term governor of Indiana.
  • Purdue Alumnus Brian Lamb founded and directs C-Span, the television network that offers round-the-clock coverage of the American political process.
  • Arden Bement is the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering and Director of the Global Policy Research Institute at Purdue. From 1976 to 1979, he served as Director of the Office of Materials Science for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He subsequently received a Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense in 1980. From 2004 to 2010, he also served as President of the National Science Foundation.
  • Professor Alok Chaturvedi is the Director of the Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulations (SEAS) Laboratory within the Krannert School of Management. He also served as Director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute and is the technical lead for the Sentient World Simulation project, which is utilized by the U.S. Joint Forces Command to simulate crises on the United States mainland.
  • Communications Professor Brian Smith was awarded the Institute for Public Relations Ketchum Excellence Award for this study of the development and implications of public relations measurement in the structure of integrated communication.
  • Professor Yan Ping Xin’s scholarly work in mathematical problem solving for students with learning disabilities and difficulties has been funded by the National Science Foundation for several years running. Her research continues to be published in many prestigious education journals and reports.
  • Peg Ertmer, Professor of Learning Design and Technology, has published two dozen scholarly papers and won numerous awards for her work, including the AECT Research and Theory Presentation Award (2013) and Purdue’s College of Education, Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award (2010).

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