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The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines. The college includes six academic schools and departments:

Purdue Polytechnic is also home to the Division of Military Science and Technology, which administers the ROTC programs on our West Lafayette campus.

In addition to Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue Polytechnic offers select degree programs in nine Indiana communities.

The college is undergoing a major transformation that affects all facets of the college. The Polytechnic name best embodies the characteristics, elements, and philosophy of the transformed college and readily represents a distinctive brand that highlights the unique nature of the learning experience.

The academic programs combine theory-based applied learning, team-based projects, integrated humanities studies, competency-based credentialing, and a series of experiential components such as industry-sponsored senior capstone projects, internships, global immersions, and certification-earning activities. The Polytechnic learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep technical knowledge and applied skills in their chosen discipline, but also possess problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

Research within the Polytechnic empowers faculty, staff and students to solve problems and address grand challenges. The Polytechnic fosters a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, risk-taking, and diversity that encourages big ideas and novel approaches focused on five Impact Areas:

  • Civic and Community Engagement
  • Future Work and Learning
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities
  • Holistic Safety and Security
  • Realizing the Digital Enterprise

Whether delivering a transformed learning experience to produce industry-ready graduates who have the skills for today’s economy or conducting use-inspired research to advance the evolution of technology and solve real-world challenges, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute aims to be a global leader.

Purdue Polytechnic was founded in 1964 as Purdue University’s School of Technology. It was renamed College of Technology in 2005, and in 2015, the Board of Trustees approved its current name in support of the college’s transformation and as part of President Mitch Daniels’ Purdue Moves initiative.