August 27, 2014
EAST LANSING – Michigan State University’s College of Engineering has recruited not only the largest incoming class of freshmen since 1986, but also the largest number of women to enroll in decades.
Some 260 women make up 18 percent of the class, up from 225, or 16 percent, a year ago. The incoming class this year is composed of 1,400 students, up 100 from the 1,300 that enrolled a year ago.
Leo Kempel, acting dean of the MSU College of Engineering, welcomed freshmen and transfer students during opening ceremonies Tuesday at the college’s 2014 Colloquium.
“You are a landmark class for your size, quality and diversity of interests,” Kempel told the entering freshmen. “Your particular skills and talents will add to our surging size and stature. Your contributions will make a difference in the world and will distinguish you as Spartan Engineers for years to come.”
All 1,400 freshmen will take Introduction to Engineering Design (EGR 100), where they will pursue hands-on design projects in teams of four. Most of the incoming students will live in MSU’s South Complex as part of the residential component of CoRe, the first year living-learning program.
Enrollment in the College of Engineering is expected to top 4,800 undergraduates this academic year. To help educate these students, the College of Engineering welcomed 12 new faculty members to campus last week.
At MSU, there will be a total of 7,800 freshmen including 600 new students in the Honors College this fall. Seventy percent of the Honors College students will pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The Engineering College has focused on recruiting women to engineering as well as retaining them. MSU recently added four dedicated staff members aimed at increasing the number of female students. This effort to attract more students in STEM fields, with an extra investment in increasing the ratio of women to men, is clearly paying off for the college as reflected in the record number of engineering students in general and female engineering students in particular.
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Author: Nicole Johnson