PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University-Main Campus


Program Rankings

Survey Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on 2 measures of quality. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 130 Mechanical Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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17-45

Regression Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Quality ranking (regression-based) out of 130 Mechanical Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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6-19

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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789

Financial Support and Tuition

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Source: IPEDS, 2009

Out-of-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$24,663
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$455
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$835

In-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$24,663
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$455
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$309

Application Fee

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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEE
$55

Living Expenses
Source: IPEDS, 2009

On Campus

ON-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$8,710
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$2,070

Off Campus

OFF-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$8,710
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$2,070

Type of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Types

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
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19%
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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61%
FELLOWSHIP
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9%
TRAINEESHIP
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0%

First Year Support
Source: NRC, 2005

Data for full-time doctoral students in the fall of 2005


First year students with full financial support
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PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED FULL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
65%

Sources of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Federal Support

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
9%
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
1%
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (EXCEPT NIH)
1%
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
8%
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
0%
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
2%
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
3%
OTHER FEDERAL SOURCES
3%

Non-Federal Support

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
45%
FOREIGN SOURCES
0%
OTHER US SOURCES
18%
SELF SUPPORT
11%

Tuition Remission
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Tuition paid by 2000–2004 Mechanical Engineering doctorate recipients from Purdue University-Main Campus


Median tuition remission

83%

Amount of Tuition Remission Granted

NO TUITION REMISSION
10%*
LESS THAN 1/3 OF TUITION
0%*
1/3 TO 2/3 OF TUITION
0%
MORE THAN 2/3 OF TUITION
90%

Graduate School Debt
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Debt for 2000–2004 Mechanical Engineering doctorate recipients from Purdue University-Main Campus


Median graduate school debt
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$0

Outcomes for Recent Graduates

Degree Completion
Source: NRC, 2010

Time to Degree

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Median years required to complete a doctorate (full-time and part-time students)

5.7

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

53%

Employment Outcomes
Source: NRC, 2006 & SED, 2000–2004

Quality Assurance

Program collects outcome data about all of its graduates

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA ABOUT ALL OF ITS GRADUATES
YES

Employment Stats at Graduation

Job / contract / definite commitment
78%
Negotiating with specific organizations
12%
Still seeking
10%
Other
0%

Type of Job

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Postdoc
18%
Educational institution (nonpostdoctoral position)
14%*
Private sector
61%
Government
8%*

Primary Job Responsibilities

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Research and development
81%
Teaching
11%
Management or administration
0%
Professional services to individuals
7%*

Job Location

(For non-US citizens on temporary visas with a definite commitment at graduation)

In the United States
85%*
Outside the United States
15%*

Student Resources

Student Resources
Source: NRC, 2006

Overall Resources

NUMBER OF RESOURCES OFFERED (OUT OF 18)
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18

Health Insurance

STUDENTS RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE
YES

Structured Oversight

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA
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YES
ANNUAL STUDENT REVIEWS
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YES

Available Training

TEACHING SKILLS
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YES
PROPOSAL WRITING
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YES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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YES
WRITING
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YES
STATISTICS
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YES
RESEARCH ETHICS
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YES

Administrative Support

ORIENTATION
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YES
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
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YES
TEACHING / RESEARCH PRIZES
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YES
ON-CAMPUS CONFERENCES
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YES
TRAVEL SUPPORT
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YES
STUDENT WORK SPACE
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION SUPPORT
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION STAFF
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YES
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
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YES
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE
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YES
PROGRAM COORDINATOR MEETING
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YES

Research Activity

Research Activity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Research activity ranking out of 130 Mechanical Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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20-71

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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2.2
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.9

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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87%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.3

Demographics

Diversity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on a measure of overall diversity. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 130 Mechanical Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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43-90

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
9%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
2%

Doctorate Recipient Demographics
Source: GSS, 2007 and NRC, 2006

Sex
MALE
89%
FEMALE
11%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
50%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
50%

Race / Ethnicity
AFRICAN AMERICAN
1%
NATIVE AMERICAN
0%
ASIAN
4%
PACIFIC ISLANDER
0%
WHITE
41%
HISPANIC
1%
UNKNOWN
3%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
83%
PART TIME
17%

Demographics of all Graduate Students at the Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2007

Sex
MALE
62%
FEMALE
38%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
58%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
42%

Race / Ethnicity
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN
4%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE
0%
ASIAN
3%
WHITE
49%
HISPANIC / LATINO
2%
UNKNOWN
42%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
71%
PART TIME
29%

Program Size

Faculty
Source: NRC, 2006

Total faculty members
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139
Interdisciplinary faculty
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58%

Total Students
Source: GSS, 2007

Total
361
First year
92

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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1.4

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Mechanical Engineering degrees from Purdue University-Main Campus


Master's degrees/year

64.4

Doctoral degrees/year

37.6

Contact Information

Contact Information, Program
Source: NRC, 2010


Contact Information

Contact Information, Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2009


Phone

(765) 494-4600 ext. 4600


Location

Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040


*Value is missing. The value shown is based on the average for other programs in the same field. Learn more.

✝ Data are for all Mechanical Engineering degree recipients from Purdue University-Main Campus and may include graduates from more than one program.