June 28, 2023

Purdue scores top 10 among U.S. public universities in QS world rankings

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University rankings, released Tuesday (June 27), lists Purdue as the No. 27-ranked university in the U.S., No. 10 among U.S. publics. The public institution ranking is up three spots from last year. Purdue is also back in the global top-100 list among 1,500 universities around the world, jumping 30 spots from last year.

Now in its 20th year, the QS World University rankings introduced three new metrics to determine its list: sustainability, employment outcomes and international research network. The methodology also includes academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty/student ratio; and other measures of undergraduate, graduate and research excellence.

“Excellence at Scale is Purdue’s signature, and the latest worldwide ranking is another reflection of the combined reputation and metrics that put Purdue in the top 10 among U.S. public universities,” said Purdue president Mung Chiang. “While all rankings are partial and noisy, we appreciate the relentless pursuit of academic excellence by our colleagues and students that distinguishes Purdue in the world.”


The QS World University Rankings 2024 features 1,499 institutions – including 199 in the United States – across 104 locations. 

Purdue also was ranked in the top 10 public institutions in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. As a top-10 Most Innovative school nationally for five years running (U.S. News & World Report) and a top-4 in patents received in the U.S., numerous Purdue academic programs – including two colleges – consistently rank among the nation’s best. Purdue has also been selected in both the last two years by Fast Company magazine as a Brand That Matters, and made Fast Company’s list of the world’s most innovative companies (No. 16 – ahead of the likes of NASA and the Walt Disney Co. – and the only university listed).

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last five years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States 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. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://stories.purdue.edu.

Writer: Jim Bush, jsbush@purdue.edu

Media contact: Derek Schultz, dcschultz@purdue.edu

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