UCCS earns top ranking for women in science, technology, engineering, math

Sarah Durkin, The College Database, sarah@onlinecollegesdatabase.org Tom Hutton, UCCS, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

college-rankingSAN FRANCISCO — The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is one of the top 50 colleges in the nation advancing women in science, technology, engineering and math.

UCCS was recently ranked 50th among public and private universities for the number of women enrolled in STEM programs by San Francisco-based The College Database. UCCS and CU Denver were the only Colorado universities or colleges included in the rankings.

The list identifies fully accredited higher education institutions that offer a breadth of STEM programs, have a high proportion of women enrolled in these programs and have a sizeable volume of women STEM-program graduates. The College Database used information provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a government resource, in compiling the rankings.

To see a complete list of ranked schools, visit http://www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/50-colleges-advancing-women-in-stem/

The College Database included programs in STEM and STEM-related activities based on National Science Foundation’s guidelines.

Within its College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, UCCS offers students the opportunity to study anthropology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology. Within the College of Engineering and Applied Science, students can study electrical and computer engineering, computer science, mechanical and aerospace engineering and electrical engineering. The innovative Bachelor of Innovation degree family blends various disciplines such as engineering and business.

“This listing of UCCS in the top 50 STEM colleges in the nation recognizes our ongoing commitment to building southern Colorado’s ability to compete with the best in the nation and world,” Mary Coussons-Read, provost, said. “Further enriching the quality of STEM education and research and growing our numbers of women students and faculty in STEM continue to be strong priorities for UCCS.”

Additionally, UCCS through its Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education actively promotes STEM education to K-12 students. CSTEME also works closely with teachers to help get students excited about science and math disciplines. CSTEME activities include hosting the recent Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival on campus. For more information about the center, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~pipes/.

For a complete list of majors offered at UCCS, visit http://www.uccs.edu/futurestudents/majors.html

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.