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A Winning Team
Everyone enjoys being part of a winning team. Watching your favorite team when they’re on a roll can be pretty exhilarating. This is where SEAS is right now: we’re on a roll, too.
If you have had the chance to visit campus this fall, you probably have seen one of the more obvious signs of our progress, the Science and Engineering Hall. It’s going up quickly. Soon, the building’s shell will be complete, and all eight above-grade floors will be ready for installing utilities and fitting out labs and offices so that in a little over a year, SEAS can move into its new 500,000 square foot, state-of-the-art home.
On another front, we’ve had five consecutive years of successful faculty recruiting, and the result is a strong, engaged, energetic faculty. With the addition of 41 new faculty since 2008—most of whom we recruited from top ranked engineering and computer science programs—you could say that SEAS has a very “deep bench” of talent. They are winning research awards and national recognition awards, developing new programs, and teaching and mentoring SEAS students.
Our enrollment is growing, too—both undergraduate and graduate. Since 2008, undergraduate applications are up about 66 percent and total undergraduate enrollment has increased 33 percent. In the same period, applications to our master’s programs have doubled and enrollment has increased 37 percent. But SEAS is not simply admitting more students; in fact, as the number of applications has grown, we have become increasingly selective in admitting students.
The school also is doing especially well in attracting female students. We are enrolling female students at twice the national average and, according to the most recent data available from the American Society for Engineering Education, SEAS ranks fifth nationally for the percentage of bachelor’s degrees it awards to female undergraduates.
All of us can be proud of the school’s successes, and all of us can be a part of them. So, to return to the sports analogy, I welcome your participation and ask you to tune in to the SEAS team—or better yet, “suit up" and join us. Get engaged and contribute to the team’s success. Everyone gets a spot on the SEAS team . . . and who doesn’t enjoy being a part of a winning team?