NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Student Success Update

Look What’s Coming – Fall Enrollment Forecast

With commencement behind us and the degree-certification process approaching completion, the College student success team is turning its attention to the 1,000 or so first-year students who must be oriented and enrolled for the fall term.

UH Projections

More than 31,000 undergraduate students started applications to UH this year, an increase of almost 12% over last year. Of these applications, 24,276 have been completed and submitted.

The University has so far admitted 15,765 students, an increase of 17% over the same point in the 2018-2019 recruiting cycle. Projections from early May are that approximately 5,500 new first-year students will enroll for Fall 2019, along with about 5,000 new transfer students.

A Look at NSM

NSM’s admission standards are higher than the University’s standards, so we run a parallel review process, evaluating the applications of students who have been admitted to UH.

This year 4,682 aspiring first-year students applied to declare NSM majors. We have admitted 3,017, an increase of 3.6% over last year. In 2016, the College adopted a strategy of growing its first-year enrollments slower than in previous years, with an emphasis on composing the incoming cohorts carefully.

Strong Class Admitted

While we don’t yet know for sure who is coming, we have admitted a very strong class. Among our admits:

  • 38% are in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes
  • 57% of the them will graduate in the top 20% of their high school classes
  • More than a third have SAT scores above 1400 (the 94th percentile nationally).

The average SAT score for students admitted to NSM has risen to 1330 this year, a small increase over last year’s average of 1324. The average for students admitted to the University for Fall 2019 is 1238.

STEM Admissions at UH

While the other STEM colleges are posting larger year-to-year increases in numbers of admitted first-year students (9% for Engineering and 19% for Technology), we admitted more than twice as many of these students as Engineering’s 1,429 and 34% more than Technology’s 2,127.