More than 1,000 women studying engineering at Michigan State University


By: Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State University College of Engineering has more than 1,000 female undergraduate students for the first time as administrators try to recruit more women to the field.

College officials estimate that more than 300 female students are among the more than 1,400 freshmen starting the academic year at Michigan State on Wednesday. The College of Engineering currently has roughly 5,000 undergraduate students and more than 800 graduate students.

Women made up about 18 percent of undergraduate enrollment in the college last year. Teresa Isela VanderSloot with the college says it’s on track to have a freshman class that’s more than 20 percent female this year.

The college aims to have women make up 25 percent of its undergraduate population by 2020.