The 2024 class declares the majors
40% of first years in computer science, courses 10 and 20 see an increase in enrollment
The 2024 Class Major Declaration Form was due on April 30. The most popular first, second, and third major choices were from last year’s class choices: 201 freshmen (18.8%) reported course 6-3, Computer Science and Engineering; 92 (8.6%) reported the 6-2 course (electrical and computer engineering); and 78 (7.3%) reported 2-A (engineering as recommended by the Department of Mechanical Engineering).
Course 20 (biological engineering) and course 18 (mathematics) were the fourth and fifth in popularity; 74 students (6.9%) reported biological engineering, while 60 students (5.6%) reported mathematics. They were fifth and fourth respectively last year. Course 20 also saw the largest absolute increase in first year enrollment; its share increased by two full percentage points compared to last year (4.9%).
Courses 10 (chemical engineering) and 10-B (chemical and biological engineering) saw the largest absolute increases after course 20, as well as two of the largest relative increases in major first-year reports. The share of course 10 has tripled from just under 0.6% of early years (7 students) last year to almost 2.0% of early years (21 students). Likewise, the share of the 10B course doubled from 0.9% (10 students) to 1.9% (20 students).
Other majors with a strong relative increase in enrollment include Course 17 (Political Science) which was only reported by a freshman last spring, but three students this spring; and Course 12 (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences) which saw first-year enrollments drop from three last year to seven this year. Course 21A (Anthropology), Course 24-1 (Philosophy), and Course 2-OE (Mechanical and Oceanic Engineering) did not see any new students last year, but had one or, in the case from 2-OE, two new students each. year.
Courses 2 (Mechanical Engineering) and 6-2 each declined by more than a percentage point in popularity compared to last year: 3.1% (33 students) vs. 4.6% (51 students) and 8.6% against 9.9% (110 students). Courses 6-1 (electrical engineering) and 6-3 also saw smaller numbers; for course 6-1 this was a 40% reduction from first 15 years (1.4% of class) to nine (0.8% of class), course 6-3 remained the most popular with a reduction of 0.6 percentage points from 19.4. % (215 students) to 18.8% of early years.
Courses 9 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences) and 4-B (Art and Design) were reported by a third of students this year compared to last year, four (0.4% of students) versus 12 (1 , 1% of students) for course 9, and one against three for 4-B.
Four majors haven’t seen any new freshmen this year, but one (course 21, humanities), two (course 21M-1, music and 24-2, linguistics), or three (course 21S, humanities and sciences) the first years last year. The courses 10-C (Bachelor of Science as recommended by the Department of Chemical Engineering), 21G (world languages), 21H (history), 21L (literature), 21M-2 (theater arts) and CMS (comparative studies of media) had no freshmen this year or last year, although all have graduating students enrolled.
The engineering school maintained its top spot in terms of first-year enrollment, with its share increasing from 67.9% (751 students) to 69.5% (744 students). The School of Science captured 20.4% of the major statements of this class (218), slightly more than those of the last one, at 19.3% (214 students). The Sloan School of Management was chosen by less than freshmen: 2.8% (30 students) compared to 3.0% (34 students) last year. The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Architecture and Planning each saw a substantial drop in enrollment, from 22 (2.0%) to 15 (1.4%) first years and 15 (1.4%) to first 11 years, respectively, although these numbers tend to fluctuate considerably from year to year.
Freshmen in courses 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-7, 6-9, 6-14 and 11-6 are also enrolled in Schwarzman College of Computing and together account for 39.7% of this major statements of the year (421 students) and 40.7% of last year (449 students).
First eight years (0.7% of class) designated no major, a decrease of 20 (1.8% of class) from last year. 44 students (4.1% of the class) did not submit a major declaration form, a decrease from the 50 students last year (5.0% of the class).
The class of 2024, with 1,070 students, is slightly smaller than the class of 2023, with 1,106 students.