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About Purdue

Purdue University was founded in 1869 under a land-grant act, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that turned public lands over to states that agreed to use proceeds from the sale of the land for a college of agriculture and the "mechanic arts." Today, Purdue is known around the world 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, including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, as well as notable 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.

With more than 400 research 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.

Why Purdue University Online?

Each of Purdue's online programs is designed to help students discover new levels of knowledge and experience that can raise their career to the next level. Their online programs provide access to their world-renowned faculty and top-quality academics in a convenient, flexible format students can take advantage of.

By choosing Purdue students are joining a network of over 39,000 current students and 450,000+ alumni around the globe. In fact, Purdue was ranked #11 by the Princeton Review for having the best alumni network.

Purdue 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


Purdue is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Purdue's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


  • Purdue University continues to be one of the top 25 public universities, according to "U.S. News and World Report."

  • "U.S. News and World Report" has ranked Purdue among the top 100 online graduate education programs in 2016 The Best Schools listing.

  • In 2016, Purdue was ranked as a Military Friendly School by "GI Jobs." The list measures the programs and services important to the military community, including a school's flexibility, veteran student support, academic accreditation, percentage of student veterans, tuition discounts, and military spouse policies.

  • The "Wall Street Journal" has ranked Purdue University #4 in the Top 25 Universities Ranked by Recruiters. Specifically, the engineering program at Purdue was ranked 2nd. Purdue's popularity with recruiters is a very strong indicator for Purdue graduates in today's job market.

  • "U.S. News and World Report" has ranked Purdue among the top 100 online graduate education programs in 2016 The Best Schools listing.

Online Learning Experience at Purdue

  • Courses: Eight week online course format with a highly interactive and rigorous learning experience.
  • Support: Access to a host of support resources including admissions advisors, student services advisors, technical support, financial aid advisors, and more.
  • Faculty: Leading faculty and staff that bring years of professional experience and research to the online programs.
  • Community: Connect with classmates through discussion boards, email and group projects to not only deepen the educational experience, but build relationships for years to come.


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Location & Contact

Student Contact Michael Eddy
Associate Director, Distance Learning
Email: rec@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2975
Fax: 765-496-6384
Address128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2034