Engineering Enrollments Double in Three Years

If the projections for enrollment are reached, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering will have almost doubled our graduate enrollment over the past three years. This growth trajectory is expected to continue over the next several years. Our continued recruitment of world class engineering scholars provides a fertile environment for scholarly activity among our growing graduate and undergraduate population.

Financial support for graduate students has kept pace with our school's tremendous growth. Students who apply and are accepted into the programs are supported by a wide array of financial assistance. The increase in quality and quantity of students is due to the partnerships that our school has developed with private individuals and corporate donations for fellowships and scholarships. With support from numerous fellowships, including the Balsells Fellowship and the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing Fellowship, we continue to bring the top students to the UC Irvine campus. Engineering graduate students are in demand at UC Irvine. They are found working with The Henry Samueli School of Engineering as well as in the School of Physical Sciences and the School of Social Sciences.

Our successes are quantifiable:

  • We have seen an 84% increase in the number of undergraduate students (presently 2142) and a 62 percent increase in the number of graduate students (presently 553). This has been accomplished while the overall quality of our graduate students has improved.
  • The number of faculty has increased by 39% from 62 full-time faculty positions in 1987 to 86 today. The faculty is projected to grow over the next several years to 140.
  • The amount of research funding has increased from $187,290/faculty/year to $333,093/faculty/year. Our next goal is to get to $500,000/faculty/year.

With the increased growth in quality and quantity of faculty and students, we continue on the path of engineering the future at UC Irvine and around the world.

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