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 DATABYTES

COMPILED BY MICHAEL GIBBONS
INFOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY I-SHAN CHEN
DATABYTES: Environmental engineering undergraduate enrollment has increased by 58 percent since 2005, with more graduates expected over the next several years. This field is among those that produce the highest percentage of female graduates, but it is still small, representing 1.6% of all engineering students. table1 table2 table4

Uneven Growth

The proportion of full-time women undergraduates ticked slightly upward in 2008 after holding at a 10-year low of 17.5 percent over the past three years. The share of bachelor's degrees awarded to women has declined steadily since reaching 20.9 percent in 2002. Although engineering bachelor's degrees have increased by 11 percent during this time, the number awarded to women has fallen by 5.2 percent. COMPILED BY MICHAEL GIBBONS

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School's With the Highest Percentage of Women Engineering Graduates*
University 2008 2002

Percentage Women Percentage Women
1. Tulane University 38.3 23 22 38
2. Tennessee State University 37.3 19 49.5 48
3. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology 37.1 235 34.2 228
4. Howard University 37.0 27 30.6 33
5. North Carolina A&T State University 35.6 47 39.4 100
5. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez 35.6 206 39.6 269
7. University of Rochester 34.7 42 26.7 31
8. Morgan State University 34.2 27 35.4 34
9. Lafayette College 33.7 34 25.9 29
9. William Marsh Rice University
33.7 61 27.8 54
11. Prairie View A&M University
33.0 35 40.8 31
12. Dartmouth College
32.5 37 22.9 27
13. Princeton University
31.8 56 28.9 58
14. Syracuse University
30.1 55 23.5 43
15. University of Miami
29.9 52 32.3 43
16. Columbia University
29.3 108 25.9 83
17. Mercer University
29.2 21 37.9 25
18. City College of the CUNY
28.8 81 18.0 37
19. University of Pennsylvania 28.3 84 23.7 93
20. Tufts University
28.1 55 30.1 58
*Minimum of 50 B.S. degrees awarded. 258 schools fit this criterion.

 

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded, 2007- 08
Men
Women
Total
60,814
82.0%
13,356
18.0%
74,170

 

Women Undergraduate Enrollment, Fall 2008
Part-Time
Full-Time
Freshman
4,165
18.1%
110,543
17.8%
Sophomores 4,432 12.7% 88,227 18.3%
Juniors
7,211 14.5% 86,835 17.6%
Seniors* 16,020 15.1% 117,586 17.9%
Total 31,828 15% 403,191 17.9%
* Includes students in their fourth and fifth years.

*Additional college data is emailed monthly to all ASEE members through ASEE’s CONNECTIONS e-newsletter www.asee.org/publications/connections

Data source: American Society for Engineering Education.

 

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