Incoming Broncos are bridging the gender gap in engineering. Out of 404 first-year engineering students admitted to SCU’s class 2026, 186 are women—nearly half. That’s the highest percentage of female engineering majors at the University in a decade. It’s also higher than the national 22.5% of bachelor of engineering degrees awarded to women in 2019—the most recent data tallied by the American Society for Engineering Education.
“We are excited for this historic volume of female engineers,” says Danielle Sandoval ’07, MBA ’11, director of enrollment marketing and strategy, “and what it means for representation both in the classroom and across the various industries these students will eventually transition into—most of which are male-dominated.”
Though a final count won’t be possible until the fall quarter starts, Sandoval says the group of admitted students not only includes the most female engineers but the most declared engineering majors, period, in 10 years. The most popular declared engineering major across all groups is computer science and engineering.