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Top Engineering School 2008 No.2: Purdue University College of Engineering

Sept. 4, 2008
Top Engineering School 2008 No.2: Purdue University College of Engineering

No.2: Purdue University College of Engineering
Room 170 Young Hall, 302 Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-2600
Fax: (765) 494-0136
http://www.purdue.edu

Total engineering school enrollment 1,609
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 35
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 2.2%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 636
Postgraduate degrees earned to Hispanics 16
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned to Hispanics 2.5%
Full-time Engineering school faculty 343
Full-time Engineering school Hispanic Faculty 13
Percent Hispanic faculty in Engineering School 3.8%

Setting the standard for engineering graduate programs, Purdue University is committed to excellence in all fields, especially in diversity. Last year saw the induction of a new President, France A. Córdova, the first woman and Hispanic to lead this tier-one research university. Purdue's faculty has grown to include 83 Hispanic members, 13 in engineering. The admission and retention rate for Hispanic students in the engineering graduate programs stands well above 80%, thanks in part to strong Hispanic student organizations such as SHPE, SACNAS, the Latino Student Council, the Latino Graduate Student Organization, and the Latino Student Union. The Latino Cultural Center provides all students with a meeting place for social and cultural events. New facilities have been completed, including the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, the new home for the Schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Engineering Education; and Materials Engineering. The Schools of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering have new buildings, which, along with the new Birck Nanotechnology Center, illustrate how much the College of Engineering is investing in our people and facilities.


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