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Aug. 26, 2019

MSU Engineering welcomes largest student population ever

The Michigan State University College of Engineering will make history this fall when it welcomes its largest enrollment of both undergraduate and graduate students.

Unofficially, there will be 6,283 undergraduate Spartan engineers on campus. They will be joined by 975 graduate students. Official enrollment numbers will be available in October.

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said it is heartening to see the growing number of students choosing to study engineering, as our increasingly technological world needs more engineers and scientists to address the global challenges facing society.

Morgan Gates will study electrical engineering.
Morgan Gates will study electrical engineering.

“Many of them will go on to excellent careers that will focus on the needs of our region here in Michigan and the Midwest,” Kempel added.

Among this year’s entering freshmen is Morgan Gates, who is following in the footsteps of her sister, Mason - both were valedictorians of Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw and both are seeking an electrical engineering degree at MSU.

Andrew Kearney is interested in biosystems engineering.
Andrew Kearney is interested in biosystems engineering.

Andrew Kearney, an Eagle Scout and the former captain of the boys varsity tennis team at Flushing High School, is coming to MSU to study biosystems engineering. He is interested in a concentration in food or medical engineering.

Six of this fall’s 21 MSU Alumni Distinguished and University Distinguished Scholars will study in the College of Engineering. The scholarships – considered among the most competitive awards in the country – are valued at about $130,000 for in-state students and approximately $230,000 for out-of-state students. These entering scholars are interested in chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and materials science.

Spartan Engineering will set enrollment benchmarks for undergraduate and graduate students in 2019-20.

Justin Scott, who works with Tammy Reid Bush in the Biomechanical Design Lab, is among the college's 975 graduate students.
Justin Scott, who works with Tammy Reid Bush in the Biomechanical Design Lab, is among the college's 975 graduate students.

2019 Unofficial Enrollment At A Glance (as compared to August 2018)
• Undergraduates: 6,283, up from 5,922
• Women undergraduates: 1,300+, remained the same
• Graduate students: 975, up from 903
• Women graduate students: 222, up from 193
• Entering freshmen: 1,706, up from 1,649
• Entering women: 343, last year 383
• Entering African Americans: 98, last year 142
• Entering Hispanics: 98, last year 97
• Entering Multicultural: 46, last year 57

All entering engineering freshmen will be welcomed during the annual Undergraduate Colloquium and Resource Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Breslin Center. Student groups and local businesses will be on hand to help entering students sign up for activities and services to kick off their Spartan experience.

Graduate students and faculty members will be welcomed with an orientation and picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the courtyard at the Engineering Building. 

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Video: Welcome Spartans! More than 8,500 students are predicted to start their first year at MSU on Aug. 28. MSU welcomed 15,000 students into its residence halls during new student move-in, Aug. 24-25. Welcome events began on Sunday, Aug. 25. The Spartan Spectacular and cookout welcome event will be at Cherry Lane Field on Aug. 27. Classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28. MSU’s full academic calendar for 2019-20 can be viewed here.

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MSU's Composite Vehicle Research Center is just one of the research options for students, including Dan Bartles (PhD), Oleksii Karpenko (post doc fellow) and Erik Stitt (PhD), Ben Swanson (undergraduate), and Eric Tarkoeson (PhD).
The college's 7,000+ students have a multitude of research options -- places like MSU's Composite Vehicle Research Center where students (front) Erik Stitt (PhD) and Eric Tarkoeson (PhD), and (back) Ben Swanson (undergraduate), Oleksii Karpenko (post doc fellow) and Dan Bartles (PhD) are engaged with hands-on learning.