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Attention Female Students: Make a Difference, Be an Engineer

Total female enrollment at UC San Diego and at most other universities is higher than that of male students, but in 2006 only 19.5 percent of the nation's bachelor's degrees in engineering went to women, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. The female graduation rate in engineering for the eight UC campuses with such programs was 21 percent in 2006: UCSD's 21.3 percent graduation rate for female engineers was the second highest rate for the eight University of California engineering schools.

"This country and the world have pressing engineering challenges, and the most effective way to solve them is with a diverse pool of engineers that includes women," says Jeanne Ferrante, associate dean of the Jacobs School. She sees a positive sign in UCSD's freshman engineering class of 2007: it's 25 percent female.

Attention Female Students: Make a Difference, Be an Engineer

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