|Lakeisha Clay participated in UC's Emerging Ethnic Engineers program.|
“The word is getting out that UC is a good place to go to school,” says Kathy Johnson, director of Undergraduate Student Enrollment in the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Becoming part of the Big East is part of that, notes Charlie Schwartz, program coordinator and admissions officer for the College of Engineering.
"And having a good football team is important, too,” he adds. UC has been holding recruiting events in conjunction with athletic events, especially in the Big East states and especially those within a six-hour car ride.
|Ken Simonson, director of the Emerging Ethnic Engineers program|
A new challenge, however, is the difference between the numbers of students who confirm and those who actually enroll.
“It used to be that we would get a certain number of applicants and from that a certain percentage would actually enroll,” says Johnson. “When the number of applications rose, I was almost worried about exceeding our capacity.”
“This year, not just in the College of Engineering but across the board, we’re seeing an increasing amount of applications but a drop in the percentage of enrollment,” says Schwartz.
Johnson says that when students are told they have been accepted, they pay a $50 deposit to hold their spot at UC. Typically, once students confirm in this way, 2–3 percent do not actually enroll. However, the trend this year is showing that 2–10 percent might not enroll even after confirming.
“Some are paying the deposit on two or three schools,” says Johnson. She's hoping they'll decide to enroll at UC.
|Badin High School won first place in the JV Division 5 of the 2008 JETS TEAMS competition at UC.|
Johnson says that in some cases, entering students’ scores do not meet the criteria required for the College of Engineering. In those cases, they may start out in the Center for Exploratory Studies in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and then transfer into the College of Engineering.
|UC's Aerospace Engineering Department was the first in the country to be chaired by a woman, Professor Awatef Hamed (left), seen here with UC President Nancy Zimpher. (Photo by Andrew Higley)|
“UC is unique in that way,” says Schwartz. “You can choose your major, but you don’t have to.”
|Jeff Johnson is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at UC.|
“It’s our best ‘scholarship’ ever,” says Johnson. “They graduate with a year and a half of experience and earn $40,000 to $50,000. Some even graduate with no debt and are purchasing new cars and houses!”
|Participating in UC's bridge-building and JETS TEAMS competitions is one way to experience UC engineering before graduating from high school.|