Freshman talent headed our way

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April 1, 2015

Sparty was just one of the ways the College of Engineering greeted students in fall 2014.

MSU awards 21 major scholarships to freshmen coming to the College of Engineering 

Early indications are that the Michigan State University College of Engineering will welcome a highly qualified group of freshman this fall. 

“It’s shaping up to be a special class,” said Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarships and K-12 outreach.

Among the top indicators – more than 20 of the college’s incoming students have already been offered one of MSU’s major scholarships. 

“College of Engineering freshmen have secured at least 21 major scholarships from MSU so far, with award presentations continuing,” Kim said. “These are significant recognitions being awarded to outstanding incoming students.” 

Of the scholarship recipients who have listed an engineering preference, four are Alumni Distinguished Scholars, 10 are National Merit finalists, and at least one has been offered a STARR Scholarship. The list also includes Distinguished Freshman Scholars, among others. 

Kim said while it is too soon to focus on the overall freshman class number, the college is on track for a record number of women (more than 25 percent of the entering freshmen), along with a growing number of high achieving students and those from groups who have historically been underrepresented. Among students who have already filed an advanced deposit, more than 30 percent have an ACT score of 30 or better. 

“We’ll continue to work to deliver another strong freshman class, but knowing more than 20 incoming students have already offered major scholarships from MSU – it sure gives us good things to look forward to,” he added.

When the incoming freshmen arrive, they will be greeted by CoRe staffers who will help them get settled into their first-year living-learning experience. In 2014, that included Alyse Way, Chrissie McElwee, Katie Ryan, Director Pat Walton, and Arber Xhindoli.