This year’s university student enrollment has hit high numbers this year, according to officials at Missouri S&T, and in addition, the number of female students attending the university have reached a record level as well.

This year’s university student enrollment has hit high numbers this year, according to officials at Missouri S&T, and in addition, the number of female students attending the university have reached a record level as well.

Timothy Albers, vice provost and dean for enrollment management at the university said he’s pleased with the numbers, as Missouri S&T has been actively trying to reach more women over the past few years.

“We really have been consistently working to make sure we’re recruiting females to come in,” he said. “That’s something that all schools work on, but I think we’ve made it a real point to make that happen.”

Albers said that over the past five years the university has made an effort to find as many qualified students as they could, and change their outgoing messages to include and specifically welcome female students. Albers said they use success stories from female alumni often, and messages from the Society of Women Engineers to show potential female students what the university can do for them, and what they can do with the university.

“They can come to S&T and not be alone, and see a school that has helped women along in their careers,” Albers said. “There’s a list of things we do. One of them is to really look at how we go prospecting for students. When we go out to look for students we think would be a good fit for the school, we get student names from sources like the SAT and the college board, the ACT and other venues. We really focus to make sure we’re trying to get as many women in that group as possible.

The result of these efforts can been seen across campus, according to Albers.

“We’ve grown our college of Arts, Sciences and Business enrollment,” Albers said. “The growth for women hasn’t all come in engineering, although it has come in engineering as well.”

Albers explained that while the university has been pushing for more student enrollment over the past five years, the effort to increase female enrollment has been around for much longer.

“Over the course of time, the mid 1980’s we saw an increase in the number of women headed into engineering,” Albers said. “I think a lot of us assumed it would continue to grow to 50% and I’m not sure a lot of universities continued to focus effort on it at that point. What really happened is that number plateaued.”

Even since then, the university has been valuing the women who choose to attend S&T, and are proud of the work they accomplish while they’re here and after they graduate.

“We have more success stories than other schools, based on the number of women that we have,” said Albers. “Women tend to graduate at higher rates than men with the same academic records. It turns out In high school, colleges and in engineering, women have higher success rates than men do. They’re retained at higher rates and they graduate at higher rates.”

Albers said the university isn’t backing down on their efforts, and is continuing to try and bring in female students. He explained the admissions office is planning on increasing events on campus aimed specially towards female students.

According to Albers, 17-18 percent of engineers are women, and S&T will continue working towards increasing that number every year.