Texas A&M to double engineering enrollment by 2025

April 2013, Vol. 68 No. 4

Texas A&M University aims to more than double its current engineering student enrollment to 25,000 by 2025.

Officials say its new initiative "25 by 25" will help fill current and projected work-force gaps in Texas and the U.S and will create a new complex at its College Station campus that consolidates multiple undergraduate engineering facilities to focus on education, rather than research.

Currently there are 11,000 graduate and undergraduate engineering students on campus.

Texas A&M President Bowen Loftin hopes to make the engineering school more accessible. He said the Texas Workforce Commission has projected the need for engineers entering the workforce will increase over the next 12 years. Texas has a need for more graduates in science, technology, engineering and math, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

"The demand for engineering education at Texas A&M has never been higher," Loftin said. "Texas A&M is stepping forward to meet this critical need for our state and nation."