Engineering Majors Increase in Popularity After Several Years of Decline

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently published its Fall 2016 Report on Term Enrollment Rates

One statistic that stood out is after year’s of declines the number of students enrolled in Engineering Majors increased by 4% from 2015 to 2016. That’s compared with a drop of more than 3% in students majoring in History and English and a drop of 6.1% in students majoring in Foreign languages, Literature and Linguistics.

With the increase in College Tuition and affiliated costs students appear to be focusing more on Careers where they can make a larger income over their lifetime. According to the report more than 600,000 students were enrolled in Engineering majors for the Fall 2016 semester.  This is now 5th in terms of the total number of students enrolled after Business, Liberal Arts, Health Professions and Biological and Biomedical Science.

In addition to major, the report also includes enrollment trends by State, Gender, Age and Type of Institution.

Here is a link the the complete report: