College of Engineering Sets Enrollment Record


Enrollment at Tennessee Tech University’s College of Engineering continued an upward trend in 2013,with a record enrollment of 2,786 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students. This enrollment number tops the previous record, set in 1983, and represents a sizable increase over 2005 numbers. It also puts TTU squarely on top with the largest undergraduate engineering enrollment of all Tennessee universities.


Breaking these numbers down a little more, fall semester 2013 brought 653 new students to the college, a 97 percent increase over the last ten years. With 2,786 students, CoE is the largest college at TTU. These numbers also all represent a substantial gain over national averages for engineering schools.


“We’re really pleased with the direction that enrollment has taken,” said College of Engineering Dean Joseph Rencis. “We feel that, even though there is progress still to be made, this direction is in keeping with the Strategic Plan for the college. In addition, we’re excited about the new faculty hires that we’ve brought on board, and feel that this puts us in a good position moving forward from here.”

Of this number, 513 are international students, compared to barely more than  100 international students in 2008. First-time freshman enrollment stands at 653 for fall 2013, an increase of 97 percent since 2003; the total enrollment for bachelor’s degrees, at 2,639, represents an 81 percent increase over 2003 and 92 percent compared to 2005.

TTU also leads the all state institutions in engineering applicants, at 2,094, 68 percent of whom are admitted.




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