Carl R. Ice College of Engineering remains top choice for engineers in Kansas in 2021
Monday, Feb. 7, 2022
The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering boasted the largest number of graduates and currently enrolled students of any engineering school in the state of Kansas in 2021. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University remains the top choice in Kansas for future engineers, boasting the largest number of graduates and currently enrolled students of any engineering school in the state in 2021.
The college finished 2021 with 674 graduates, well above the institution's goal set by the University Engineering Initiative Act, or UEIA, enacted by the Kansas Legislature in 2011 to increase the number of engineering graduates from the state's three engineering schools to 1,365 students per year by 2021. Kansas lawmakers chose to renew the UEIA for an additional 10 years, extending the program and its support of engineering schools with an additional focus on retaining engineering talent to work and live in Kansas after graduation.
In addition to attending the largest engineering school in Kansas, K-State engineers continue to be in high demand, both in Kansas and across the nation, with a 97% career placement rate and the state's highest internship rate. K-State engineering graduates also have the highest average starting salary among engineering schools in the state.
"We continue to hear from employers across the state that our graduates leave K-State prepared for success as engineers in the modern workforce," said Matt O'Keefe, dean of engineering and LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay chair in engineering at K-State. "We are grateful to have so many strong relationships with industry partners across Kansas that see the value of bringing K-State engineers into their organizations, whether as student interns or as full-time employees. With the UEIA renewal, we are focused on increasing and strengthening those relationships."
The UEIA renewal offers additional opportunities for the College of Engineering to support students, both academically while they're in school and with jobs and internships after their time at K-State comes to an end.