Reston, VA - As expected, engineering undergraduate enrollment continued to climb in 2010. Freshman enrollment
increased for the fourth year in a row reaching a twenty year high. The freshman class that
enrolled in 2010 increased 4,440 students and stands at 119,144.
From 1985 to 1999, engineering student totals at the undergraduate level have been either in decline or relatively
static. Starting in 1997, the freshman engineering classes began to grow, although the numbers dipped down in 1999.
The rising freshman numbers suggested a subsequent increase in bachelor's degrees, which indeed began to happen in 2000,
when engineering bachelor's degrees increased from a 19-year low. In 2005, the number of bachelor degrees leveled off at 76,003.
Based on the recent increase in freshman enrollment, we predict that total full-time undergraduate enrollments will continue to climb
and bachelor degrees will continue to set records. Master's candidates in engineering went up for the firth year in a row and PhD
enrollment continued its six year climb.
This information comes from the latest Engineering & Technology Enrollments, Fall 2010 survey
undertaken by the Engineering Workforce Commission. For more information on salaries, plus
information on engineers enrolled in or graduating from engineering schools, please go to the
Engineering Workforce Commission web site at http://www.ewc-online.org or call us directly at 1-888-400-2237.
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