WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue is looking to turn out even more engineering students every year than the university already does. Over the next five years, President Mitch Daniels hopes to have 1,500 more engineering students on campus every year, an increase of almost 15 percent.
When Daniels unveiled new initiatives or Big Moves in September, expanding the College of Engineering was at the top of the list. The expansion means increasing enrollment and hiring more faculty members.
“In Phase I, we’re going to add over 100 new faculty. Now, with retirements and so forth, we’ll probably have to hire 150,” said Daniels.
It’s an increase of more than 25 percent for the College of Engineering, which currently has 369 faculty members who taught almost 1,100 students. That number breaks down to 7,700 undergrads and 3,100 grad students.
Daniels said enrollment for undergraduate students will increase by about 700. Enrollment for graduate students will increase by 700 to 800.
“Purdue University is going to make a major contribution to the national quest, which a commission has put at 10,000 more engineers a year. All by ourselves, we’re going to deliver several percent of that,” said Daniels.
Daniels said the increases will start to happen this fall.
“The entering freshmen class is already going to be larger and you’ll see steady growth presumably each year. But those several hundred undergrad and graduate students that we talked about, will be here within the next five years or so,” said Daniels.
As News 18 has already reported, the new Wang Hall on campus started out as a building to house some engineering classrooms and some retail space. Daniels said because of prioritizing the expansion, the College of Engineering will use most of the space. He said it will also act as temporary swing space.
Daniels believes more announcements could come within the next year regarding expanding the College of Engineering, but said it’s still in the planning process.