Texas A&M University announced an ambitious plan Wednesday to more than double its engineering enrollment, to 25,000 students, by 2025. That would be nearly half of the overall fall enrollment of 50,227 at the College Station campus.
The initiative, dubbed “25 by 25,” is intended to address a growing state and national need for engineers, said John Sharp, chancellor of the A&M System.
“There’s no rational reason why engineering schools have cocooned themselves around 10,000 or 11,000 students,” Sharp told the American-Statesman. “Texas produces an inordinate amount of young people coming out of high school that want to be engineers.”
Last year, more than 10,000 students applied for 1,600 undergraduate slots at A&M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering. About 2,000 well-qualified students were denied admission, Sharp said. Engineering enrollment currently stands at roughly 11,000, including about 8,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students.