About Purdue University

Defy the status quo and become an innovator in your industry. Purdue University focuses on the skills and confidence you need to move your career and the world forward.

With more than 400 laboratories and 116 university-approved research centers and institutes, Purdue continues to fulfill its mission to expand the frontiers of knowledge and its applications to help build a better world.

Purdue University was founded in 1869 under the Morrill Land Grant Act. Signed by Abraham Lincoln, this grant gave public lands to states that agreed to use proceeds from land sales to build a college of agriculture and “mechanic arts.” Today, Purdue is known for scholarly excellence and research contributions in the fields of aerospace, engineering, science, technology, and math.

The list of Purdue’s distinguished alumni includes many pioneers in their fields. Notable people include Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, as well as faculty members such as Ei-ichi Negishi, the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, and two recipients of the World Food Prize, Philip Nelson and Gebisa Ejeta.

Purdue University Mission and Vision

We act with honesty. We champion freedom of expression. We expect our actions to be consistent with our words, and our words to be consistent with our intentions.

As faculty, students, staff, and administrators, we are a community of dedicated learners, scholars, professionals, and practitioners — all contributing our talents toward the advancement of learning, discovery, and engagement that uphold our standards, and improve ourselves and the broader community.

Accreditation and Rankings

Purdue University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission1.

Additionally, many of our programs have specific accreditations in those particular fields of study.

According to U.S. News and World Report, Purdue University is ranked in the top 10 best colleges for a number of our programs, including production and operation management, supply chain management, aerospace and astronautics, and agriculture.

We’re also among the top 12 schools in the U.S. for “Most Innovative Schools” and in the top 20 for “Top Public Schools.”

Move Your Career and the World Forward

Ascend to a new level of success without neglecting your career or life’s other responsibilities, and gain the distinction of being a graduate of one of the world’s premier universities. A Purdue education online offers:

  • An internationally recognized and accredited education
  • An affordable and accessible education
  • A world-class and dedicated faculty
  • A friendly and supportive community
  • An elite alumni network

Discover Purdue University Online Programs

Take the next step in your career with an online degree from Purdue University. Request more information or call 877-497-5851 to learn more from an admissions advisor about our programs, admission requirements, faculty, or accreditation.

1 Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; 800-621-7440, http://www.hlcommission.org/