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#62 Overall Influence #1204 Desirability Rank

Purdue University

Public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
By James Barham, PhD

Purdue University was founded in 1869 with substantial financing provided by industrialist John Purdue. Its purpose was to train students in agriculture and engineering. The school officially opened for business in 1874 and grew quickly.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Purdue had been organized into five schools: agriculture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and pharmacy. Later, schools of education and home economics were added. An early attempt at creating a medical school was later abandoned.

In other respects, Purdue was spectacularly successful. By 1925 the university was home to the largest number of engineering students in the US. It remained the nation’s largest engineering school for the next half-century.

Today, Purdue operates four satellite campuses: in Hammond, Fort Wayne, Columbus, and Indianapolis. Overall, the Purdue system has a student body approaching 75,000 souls.

Purdue is associated with 13 Nobel Prize winners, including:

  • Physicists, Ben Roy Mottelson, Edward Mills Purcell, Julian Schwinger & Wolfgang Pauli
  • Chemists, Ei-ichi Negishi, Herbert C. Brown & Akira Suzuki
  • Economist, Vernon L. Smith

In addition, the Turing Award winning computer scientist, Alan J. Perlis, spent time here as a researcher.

Among other prominent Purdue-connected individuals, we may note the following:

  • Astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Roger Chaffee & Eugene Cernan
  • Heroic airline pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger
  • Mathematicians, Andrew Majda, Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar & Feydoon Shahidi
  • Computer scientists, Mikhail Atallah, Markus Kuhn & Jill Zimmerman
  • Computer software developer, Sanjiva Weerawarana
  • Physicist, Albert Overhauser
  • Chemist, C.N.R. Rao
  • Chemical engineer, Rakesh Agrawal
  • Molecular biologists, Seymour Benzer & Ronald Breaker
  • Microbiologist, Rita Colwell
  • Nanotechnology pioneers, Supriyo Datta & James Tour
  • Physiologist, Leslie Geddes
  • Economist, Hugo Sonnenschein
  • Anthropologist, Peter Peregrine
  • Novelist and playwright, Booth Tarkington
  • Actors, George Peppard & Kenneth Choi
  • Stand-up comic, Jim Gaffigan
  • Photographer, Margaret Bourke-White

From Wikipedia

Purdue University is a public land-grant research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the flagship campus of the Purdue University system. The university was founded in 1869 after Lafayette businessman John Purdue donated land and money to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.

Source: Wikipedia

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

57,510

Acceptance

67%

Graduation Rate

83%

Median SAT Score

1315

Median ACT Score

28

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$9,208

Fees (in-state)

$784

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$62,200

Employed

92%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

43K

Under-Grads

35K

Graduates

9K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette IN 47907-2040

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

10 per 100K

Violent Crime

1 per 100K

What is Purdue University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#14 World Rank
Engineering
#23 World Rank
Computer Science
#63 World Rank
Mathematics
#37 World Rank
Business
#88 World Rank
Biology
#34 World Rank
Chemistry
#64 World Rank
Physics
#93 World Rank
Medical
#59 World Rank
Education
#167 World Rank
Literature
#86 World Rank
Psychology
#99 World Rank
History
#83 World Rank
Economics
#131 World Rank
Political Science
#82 World Rank
Communications
#232 World Rank
Philosophy
#84 World Rank
Sociology
#95 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#347 World Rank
Religious Studies
#55 World Rank
Nursing
#265 World Rank
Anthropology

Other areas of influence

#88 World Rank
Social Work
#163 World Rank
Law
#179 World Rank
Criminal Justice

Influential People

Who are Purdue University's Most influential alumni?

Purdue University 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, and Chemistry

Robert Altenkirch

Academic

Kun-Liang Guan

American biochemist

Allen Chao

Allen Chao

American businessman

Valerie Taylor

African American computer scientist

Theodore Rappaport

American engineer

David Wolf

David Wolf

American astronaut

H. Wesley Perkins

Sociologist

Salvatore Attardo

American humor researcher

Natalie Enright Jerger

Computer scientist

Toby Moskowitz

American economist

Fritz Leonhardt

German engineer

Jane Chance

American scholar