Hundreds of Engineering Students Choose Majors at Decision Day

More than 600 students chose a field of study at the College of Engineering's Decision Day celebration March 1.
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More than 600 students chose a field of study at the College of Engineering's Decision Day celebration March 1.

More than 600 first-year engineering students took a big step March 1: declaring which field of engineering or computer science they'll pursue in college and beyond.

Known as Decision Day, the event takes place each spring after first-year students have completed their introductory coursework and are prepared to select from one of nine majors offered in the College of Engineering. The tradition began more than a decade ago as a way to celebrate the milestone in students' careers. 

Representatives from each department were on hand Friday to cheer as each student announced their decision. The day is capped with food and networking with new peers and faculty members.

Richard Cassady, director of the First-Year Engineering program, said Decision Day is about more than simply celebrating.

"Decision Day is always a fun time, but it's also an important milestone for these students," Cassady said. "Helping students choose a major they'll enjoy and find success in is one of the top priorities for the First-Year Engineering program."

But, the festive atmosphere is undeniable.

"Decision Day is always a blast," Cassady said. "It's a special moment for the student, but also for the faculty and staff as they see the next generation join their departments."

The Department of Mechanical Engineering drew the most students with 143, representing 23 percent of students who participated. The computer science major came in second with 114, or about 18 percent.

The final totals:

  • Biological: 46
  • Biomedical: 76
  • Chemical: 41
  • Civil: 65
  • Computer Engineering: 36
  • Computer Science: 114
  • Electrical: 34
  • Industrial: 66
  • Mechanical: 143
  • Total: 621
Contacts

Nick DeMoss, director of communications
College of Engineering
479-575-5697, ndemoss@uark.edu

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