Fun Facts About Majors Chosen by Freshmen

Ri Romano, Associate Registrar

Freshmen are asked to choose a major at the end of the spring semester.  Comparing the choices of the Class of 2007 with those of the Class of 2017 shows some interesting changes. Data drawn from the initial choices made in April of their respective freshman years (2004 and 2014) showed an increase in the percentage of freshmen who chose School of Engineering majors, along with a decrease in the percentage who chose School of Science, School of Management, and SHASS majors.

Percent of majors chosen by all freshmen:

  Engineering Science Other
2004 56.2% 28.6% 15.3%
2014 73.7% 21.5% 4.8%
Change +17.5% -7.1% -10.5%

 

Percent of majors chosen by women:

  Engineering Science Other
2004 47.4% 33.6% 19.1%
2014 74.5% 20% 5.4%
Change +27.1% -13.6% -13.7%

 

Percent of majors chosen by men:

  Engineering Science Other
2004 63.5% 24.5% 12.1%
2014 73.1% 22.6% 4.3%
Change +9.6% -1.9% -7.8%