Retention and Recruitment Programs for Female Undergraduate Students in Engineering at The University of Toledo, Ohio, USA

  • Matthew Franchetti
  • Tina Ravn
  • Vicki L. Kuntz
Keywords: female recruitment, female retention


This paper summarizes the findings of a five year study aimed at improving both recruitment and retention of female students pursuing careers in engineering. The study analyzed a series of five programs implemented at the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo in Ohio, USA. The effectiveness of the programs over time is measured from the rates of female enrollment and retention rates over the five year time frame. These programs may serve as models for other college interested in improving opportunities and success rates for female engineers. A senior female engineering student also provides commentary regarding her experiences and opinions of the programs.