Montana State University

MSU engineering students receive top national scores -- again

March 12, 2004 -- by Jean Arthur, MSU News Service

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Bozeman -- Once again, College of Engineering seniors at Montana State University outperformed all peer groups nationally on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and continue to set records on the national test.

The eight-hour exam is one step toward acquiring a professional license.

"I confess that on occasion, it's good to sound like a broken record," said engineering dean Robert Marley. "But once again, our seniors across all engineering disciplines achieved an outstanding pass rate at 95.5 percent."

The aggregate national pass rate of students across the country and from all disciplines and institutions was 79.6 percent on the same test. Within specific fields, the MSU students' test results included a 100 percent pass rate on both the civil engineering and industrial engineering speciality exams.

Marley notes that the college is one of a few schools that requires all graduating seniors take the exam. Nationwide only 10 percent of engineering programs require that all their students take the test.

"MSU engineering students surpass their peers at all Carnegie institutional classifications," Marley said.

That means that MSU students collectively outscored those schools -- from the largest research-oriented schools to smaller teaching-oriented programs.

"This is a tremendous statement about the quality and dedication of our students and faculty at MSU," said Marley.

Contact Linda Wyckoff, 994-2223