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    Purdue University - West Lafayette World Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings 2020-2021

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    Purdue University was founded in 1876. Based in the small city of West Lafayette, it is the best institution for higher studies in Indiana state. With over 40,335 students and 2,622 faculty staff, it is one of those top public universities in the USA. It has an outstanding 13:1 student to faculty ratio. Purdue University has various campuses spread across the country. But, the West Lafayette campus is the oldest and major among all the campuses of Purdue University. It is about to complete its 150th anniversary very soon. Purdue University is known for its long tradition & specialization in Agricultural science and engineering.

    • It is placed at 94th position in global universities rankings by Times Higher Education. It also has the World Reputation Rank between 61-70 in 2020, according to Times Higher Education.
    • In the recent rankings, Purdue was No. 4 on CNBC’s 2020 list of the top public U.S. colleges that pay off the most.
    • Purdue also was ranked third in startup creation in an IP Watchdog Institute report.
    • Purdue University has ranked 114 in Global University's ranking by US News & World Report. It also has the 51st rank in global research reputation, according to US News Rankings for 2020.
    • About 20 programs offered by Purdue University are ranked among the Top 100s globally in US News Subject-specific Rankings 2020.
    • According to CWUR global rankings, Purdue University has acquired the World rank of 55 globally.
    • In ARWU Rankings 2020; Purdue University West Lafayette has 79th global rank.
    • In other undergraduate rankings, Purdue’s College of Engineering continues to be ranked in the top 10 of the country with the rank at No. 9.

    Purdue University - West Lafayette: Ranking Highlights

    Various Ranking agencies consider combinations of measures of funding and endowment, research excellence and influence, specialization expertise, admissions, student options, award numbers, internationalization, graduate employment, industrial linkage, historical reputation and other criteria.

    Ranking agency Global Rankings
    Quacquarelli Symonds QS Rankings 2021 109
    Times Higher Education 94
    US news & World Report 114
    ARWU Shanghai Rankings 2020 79
    CWUR 2021 55
    Webometrics Rankings 2020 36

    Purdue University has several noticeable rankings. According to US News:

    • Purdue University ranked 5th in most innovative schools of USA
    • It is ranked at 17th in top public school
    • It has the 36th position in best undergraduate teaching in US
    • Purdue University has 27th rank among best colleges for veterans
    • It has ranked 83rd in best value schools.

    Purdue University: QS Rankings 2021

    Purdue University has ranked at 109th position in world universities by QS top universities rankings in 2021. The University has improved in QS world universities ranking by 2 positions; it had the QR world university rank of 111 in 2020 rankings.

    Ranking criteria Score
    Academic reputation 63.6
    Employer reputation 69.4
    Faculty-student 19.2
    Citations per faculty 62.7
    International faculty 83.9
    International students 51.4
    Overall score 55.9
    Overall World rank 109

    Purdue University: Times Higher Education Rankings 2021

    Purdue University is placed at 94th position in global universities rankings by Times Higher Education with an overall score of 62.5. It also has the World Reputation Rank between 61-70 in 2020, according to Times Higher Education.

    Parameters Score
    Teaching 57.1
    Research 65.5
    Citations 62.0
    Industry income 69.9
    International outlook 71.5
    Overall score 62.5

    Purdue University: US News & World Report Rankings 2021

    Purdue University has ranked 114 in Global University's ranking 2021 conducted by US news with a global score of 68.4. Thirteen indicators were used to calculate this institution's overall Best Global Universities rank.

    It also has the 51st rank in global research reputation, according to US News Rankings for 2020.

    Ranking parameters Rank Weightage
    Global research reputation 51 12.5%
    Regional research reputation 34 12.5%
    Publications 110 5%
    Books 161 5%
    Conferences 37 10%
    International collaborations 842 5%
    International collaboration - relative to the country 356 5%
    Number of publications that are among 10% most cited 112 12.5%
    Percentage of total publications that are among 10% most cited 348 10%
    Normalized citation impact 533 10%
    Total citations 130 7.5%
    Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited in their respective field 149 5%
    Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1% most highly cited papers 529 5%

    In the U.S. News innovation ranking, Purdue University is the only Indiana based institution among the top 50 and the only Big Ten Conference school in the top 10.

    Purdue University: ARWU Rankings 2020

    In ARWU Rankings 2020, also known as Shanghai Rankings; Purdue University West Lafayette has 79th global rank with an overall score of 28 out of 100. According to ARWU Ranking methodology, universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices.

    As the per capita academic performance of an institution. For each indicator, the highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score.

    Purdue University : CWUR Rankings 2021

    According to CWUR global rankings, Purdue University has acquired the World rank of 55 globally. It has the overall CWUR score of 84.3.

    In CWUR World University Rankings 2021:

    • Purdue University ranked at 80th place in Quality of Education rank.
    • It has 81th rank in Alumni employment.
    • Purdue University has 65th rank in Quality of faculty.
    • It has 104th rank in Research performance.

    Purdue University - West Lafayette : National Ranking

    • Purdue University has 53rd rank among best universities in USA, according to the US news & World report. US news National rankings have given the overall score of 69 out of 100 to Purdue University.
    • According to QS rankings, Purdue University has an overall score of 55.1 and again secured the 53rd ranking QS US universities rankings.
    • Purdue University is placed at 47th rank in US institutions rankings conducted by Times Higher Education.
    • In CWUR National Ranking, Purdue University is placed at 34th National rank in the USA.
    • Shanghai Rankings, widely known as ARWU Rankings 2020 placed Purdue University at 36th national rank among all institutions present in the USA.
    Ranking agency National Rank in USA
    Quacquarelli Symonds QS Rankings 2021 53
    US news & World Report 53
    Times Higher Education 47
    ARWU Rankings 2020 34
    CWUR National Ranking 36

    With an 80% graduation rate in average 6 years and an impressive student-faculty ratio of 13:1, there are more than 13 academic schools that offer more than 200 different undergraduate majors, 70 post-graduate programs, and other vocational degrees available at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

    Purdue University - West Lafayette: Subject-Wise National Ranking

    Purdue University performed very well in several subject-wise National ranks too, conducted by US news. Some of the major subjects included in it are:

    Subject Rank
    Biological / Agricultural engineering 1
    Civil engineering 3
    Mechanical engineering 7
    Industrial /Manufacturing engineering 2
    Production / Operation management 6
    Cyber security 6
    Computer science 10

    Purdue University’s College of Engineering continues to be ranked in the top 10 of the USA, securing the position at No. 9.

    Four engineering disciplines from Purdue University are placed among the nation’s top 5 in speciality rankings including:

    • No. 1 ranking for agricultural and biological engineering.
    • Industrial engineering is at No. 2
    • civil engineering is at No. 3.
    • Aerospace and astronautical engineering has ranked 5th.

    Purdue University: Subject-Specific Rankings

    Purdue University has very impressive subject rankings as more than 15 subjects taught at Purdue University are placed in top 100 rankings as per US news global rankings 2020. About 7 subjects are placed in the top 50's globally.

    Purdue University's subject-wise global rankings given by US news 2020 rankings are:

    Subject Rank
    Mechanical engineering 16
    Agricultural Sciences 21
    Mathematics 28
    Plants and Animal science 35
    Pharmacology and toxicology 17
    Civil engineering 44
    General engineering 49
    Computer science 57
    Business and economics 70
    Chemistry 79

    According to QS top universities ranking, Purdue University performed best in Mechanical engineering, as it improved the subject-wise global rank of 28th in 2020 to the 20th in 2021 rankings. It improved over 8 positions in QS WUR subject-wise ranking for Mechanical engineering.

    Comparison of Purdue University with Other Universities

    Shown below is the comparison of Purdue University - West Lafayette with The Ohio State University and Boston University.

    University Purdue University - West Lafayette Boston University The Ohio State University
    International Ranking QS 2021 109 110 108
    Status Public Private Public
    Research output Very high Very high Very high
    Academic faculty staff 2,622 2,642 6,323
    Number of students 40,335 26,440 55,085
    International students 8,034 8,159 7,029
    Established 1876 1869 1870
    National Ranking in USA QS 2020 53 21 58
    Graduate Employability Ranking 38 75 85

    Admission at Purdue University is known for their long tradition and specialisation in agricultural science and engineering. Purdue University is regarded for its persistent pursuit of innovation where people bring their best and learn to build a better world together. Its pillars of affordability and accessibility, online learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) leadership, transformative education and world-changing research support its land-grant mission, as captured in the University’s mantra, “The Next Giant Leap”.

    Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked the No. 5 Most Innovative University in the United States² by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all.

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