Engineering enrollment breaks records; undergrad totals set new high for 11th straight year




Engineering enrollment breaks records; undergrad totals set new high for 11th straight year

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More than 400 first-year students attend the first day of the NUBE Experience at Nebraska Innovation Campus on August 17.
More than 400 first-year students attend the first day of the NUBE Experience at Nebraska Innovation Campus on August 17.

For the 11th straight year, the College of Engineering has set a record for undergraduate enrollment, helping push the university as a whole to its third straight year of record enrollment.

The university announced on Wednesday that fall 2017 enrollment had increased to 26,079, one percent over the record total of 25,897 set last year. This marks the fifth straight year of enrollment growth at Nebraska, fueled again by a record total in the freshman class – 4,905 this year, 45 more than 2016.

In the past decade, the university's overall enrollment has grown by 11 percent. Over that same time, enrollment in the College of Engineering is up 24.6 percent – from 2,900 in 2007 to 3,614 this year. In that time, the college also grew 24.6 percent in undergraduate enrollment, from 2,501 in 2007 to 3,117 this year.

The college again set records for enrollment (both undergraduate and graduate) with 4,394 students on its City (Lincoln) and Scott (Omaha) campuses. This is a two percent increase from the record-high enrollment of 4,307 set last year.

Engineering undergraduate enrollment is at an all-time high, increasing 1.7 percent this year from 2016's record of 3,066.

A significant portion of the 2017 growth in undergraduate enrollment comes from a 151 percent increase in the software engineering program – which has 98 students, up from 39 from its 2016 debut.

Other undergraduate engineering programs also experienced significant growth, including:

* A 9.1 percent rise in electrical engineering enrollment – 311 overall, up from 285 last year. The total includes a 76.3 percent rise in electrical engineering students on the Scott Campus (to 104).

* A 8.8 percent increase in the number of civil engineering students on the City Campus (to 296).

* A 24.6 percent jump in agricultural engineering.

The graduate programs also saw growth. The nationally recognized Master of Engineering Management program grew 61 percent to 51 students, and the number of doctoral students rose to 306. The total of 497 graduate students is the college's highest total since 2011.

Overall, the college also continued record enrollment totals for women, Hispanic students, students from other states and international students.