Freshman engineering retention rate?

<p>Does anyone have an idea of what the freshman engineering retention rate is at LSU? What percentage of engineering students don't make it to the beginning of their sophomore year? Any help or insight would be appreciated.</p>

<p>7.32 percent retention</p>

<p>I'm interested in knowing as well, for I am an incoming engineering major. </p>

<p>LSU8888, get a life...</p>

<p>How are we supposed to know? If the OP really wants to know, why doesn't he/she contact LSU engineering? Because he/she just made this post on a bunch of college boards for no good reason.</p>

I have written LSU and a number of other colleges requesting this information. Some have responded and I have posted their responses for the benefit of others that may find the information useful.

I am sure there is much in life that you do not understand. Evidently this is just one more of them.</p>

<p>HEY! Everyone, be civil.</p>

<p>Ahem, anyway. The retention rate won't tell you much </p>

<p>Most degree plans don't have you taking any engineering classes at all. A lot of people come into the school thinking, oh, I don't know what I want to do, but I heard that engineering pays well.</p>

<p>Well, those people don't typically stick with engineering. Engineering is one of the largest colleges at LSU though, and there are a lot of successful engineering majors.</p>

<p>Basically, everyone who knew what engineering was and still wants to be an engineer stays an engineering major. It's hard work, but if you know that it's what you want, you stick with it.</p>

<p>Anyway, if you've got any questions, just ask me. I'm a biological engineering major... just finished my freshman year and I'm going to stick with it. I've taken a few of the weedout courses and will be repeating one of them next year because I failed it. Anywayyyyzzzzzz... yeah.</p>


What is the freshman engineering retention rate is at LSU?
What percentage of engineering students don't make it to the beginning of their sophomore year?
If you fail a freshman "weedout" course and have to retake it during your second year are you considered a sophomore engineering student?</p>

<p>Response from LSU regarding my questions:</p>

<p>1. What is the freshman engineering retention rate?</p>

<p>The most recent data we have across all engineering
is 78-80% retention in Engineering after the 1st year for those
involved in any one of our 1st year programs aimed at helping
Engr freshmen get through the transition to college.
Encounter Engineering - 1 wk camp just before fall term
ENGR 1050 Intro to Engineering - 2 credit communication intensive course
Engineering Residential College - space for 191 Engr 1st year students</p>

<p>For those Engr freshmen not involved in any of our initiatives
retention in Engineering after the 1st year for the last three years is 65-70%.</p>

<p>** 2. What is the 4,5,6 year graduation rate of engineers at the LSU?**</p>

<p>Across Engineering
4 year -- 1/4 to 1/3
5 year - 45 - 50%
6 year - 60+%</p>

<p>These are % of the original cohort starting in Engineering.
So the 60% represents 90%+ of those that were retained in Engineering.
The 6 yr rate for those starting in Engr and finishing ANY degree at LSU
is closer to 80%.</p>

<p>In the survey that we conducted in leading to the development of the
programs listed above, we found that 75% of our students were also
working 15+ hours per week and 35% of the total were working 25 or
more hours per week (not simply 6th year seniors either).</p>

<p>I thought the 7.32 percent rate was serious. </p>

<p>Seriously, engineering is as bad a weedout major as premed.</p>

<p>Many kids go into engineering because they think they'll make a lot of money. They have no idea how rigorous the program is.</p>

<p>A low retention rate is not necessarily a poor reflection on the college, but rather, naivete on the part of the student.</p>

I think most/many premed students major in Biomedical Engineering and take most of the same first year classes as all the other freshman engineers.</p>