It’s September, which means the School of Engineering is alive again with students. While most are returning to campus following a summer of internships, jobs, travel, research, and some much needed R&R, many are here for the first time. This year the school welcomed 760 first-year students, of which 201, or 27 percent, are women. In addition, 273 transfer students are new members of the engineering community.
Among the many welcoming events that help new students get acclimated was the annual first-year convocation gathering. This year’s event was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and Verizon and included welcoming remarks by Dean Tom Farris and reflections from Colette Hazen ENG’93, director of wireless network operations at Verizon. Hazen shared her experiences as an undergraduate in the School of Engineering and encouraged students to take advantage of all that Rutgers has to offer through getting to know professors, joining campus organizations, and learning from fellow students.
I Will Be an Engineer
A final charge for first-year students before the event’s highlight—a raffle of prizes, including an external hard drive, headphones, laptop, and more—was the recitation of the School of Engineering’s inspiring pledge.
Class of 2019 Stats
- 760 Students
- 201 Women
- 33 Out-of-State
- 67 International
- 54 EOF
Transfer Student Welcome
The transfer student body population of 189 students is comprised primarily of NJ community college transfers, with representation from 19 colleges. Just under a third of SoE transfer students are from universities located in the US and abroad, including Penn State, New York University, Cornell, and Cairo University, among others.
Transfer students were welcomed at a social event at the Rutgers Zone at the Livingston Student Center as part of a Transfer Integration Program to help enhance their transition to Rutgers. Students, faculty, deans, and volunteer transfer mentors enjoyed an evening of snacks and playing arcade and ice breaker games. Other upcoming events include a study session in October, movie and coffee night in November, and a BIG CHILL 5k participation in December.