Stevens Institute of Technology welcomes its biggest undergraduate freshmen class this semester, and the Howe School of business mirrors the trend, with a record number of freshmen business majors. The class of 2017 marks an almost 6% increase over last year’s entering freshmen for the university and an 84% jump for Howe, which also saw a 64% spike in applications. This growth moves the University closer to meeting the goal set out in its 10-year strategic plan to increase the undergraduate student body to 4,000 and to continue on a path to being a world-class, student-centric technological research university.
“I am more optimistic than ever that our plan will position Stevens to be a major force in delivering innovative solutions to the most complex challenges of our era — in healthcare and medicine, financial systems, sustainable energy and ensuring a strong and resilient national defense and security system,” says Naramin Farvardin, president of Stevens Institute of Technology.
The profile of the 719 new undergraduate students and 86 business students also reflects a strong commitment by the University to deliver on its selectivity and diversity goals. Overall, the incoming students have a 25 -75 percentile SAT score of 1210 – 1390, 10 points higher than last year’s score, and represent 29 U.S. states and 13 countries including Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and Thailand. The class includes 30% women and 13% under-represented minorities.
“We’re very excited to see that the Howe strategic plan is in lock-step with the University’s long-term plan to improve the caliber of our students and ensure that we’re providing a diverse population that helps foster a better understanding and integration of culture and ideas,” says Ann Murphy, associate dean of the Howe School. “The continued drive to accept the best of the best across the board, and especially in our business programs, is shown not only through the SAT scores, but the overall experiences that students are bringing into their first year.”
President Farvardin welcomed the incoming class at the 143rd convocation, along with Rochelle Hendricks, the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education and Dawn Zimmer, the Mayor of Hoboken.
“Our future depends on you,” Hendricks says. “These times beckon for those of us trained as problem solvers to provide innovation and leadership, especially as we work to build a dynamic ecosystem of new markets and industries in our state.”
Some of that new ecosystem is already underway locally in Hoboken, and the city’s mayor implored students to be involved. “We’re always looking for new ideas, good ideas,” Zimmer says. “We’re eager to work with students and I encourage you to be part of the planning process for Hoboken as we develop our potential to create more technology-centric jobs in this city.”
As part of the event, students pledged the Stevens honor code and teachers received kudos. Howe’s Peter Dominic was recognized with the “Best Teaching” award at the associate professor level across the University and Patrick Houlihan, a Ph.D. student in financial engineering, won a “Best Teaching Assistant” award for Quantitative Finance lab instruction. The faculty and in-school support for students is also helping Stevens fulfill its mission to be more student-centric to help ensure their success.
“Just as important as attracting the best and brightest students is our commitment to ensuring that all students in our care are given every opportunity and every support within our means to flourish, to be successful, and to enjoy their academic and extracurricular experience while they are here,” Farvardin says.
The Howe School is doing its part with the expansion of the Howe School Student Support Center, which opened last year. “Now in our second year, we’re an integral part of helping our students chart out their academic career whether they are incoming freshmen or seniors getting ready to graduate,” says Michelle Crilly, coordinator of the center.