This fall, we will be welcoming 33 new undergraduate students (as of today) to the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering at SUNY-ESF. This represents the largest incoming class of new students over the past ten years.
Eleven of the new students are enrolled in the Paper Engineering program, which is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. This program prepares students with a chemical engineering curriculum that is focused primarily on the paper and allied industries. However, previous graduates of the program have also gone on to work in other industries. Of the eleven students entering, nine are freshman and two are transfer students, with all of them coming from New York State.
Twenty-two students are enrolled in the Bioprocess Engineering program, which is our new program that started in 2006. This program, which can be described as "chemical engineering without the petroleum," is focused on process and product engineering from sustainable resources and using ecologically-sound technology. Nineteen freshman and three transfer students will be entering the program, with two of them coming from outside of New York State.
The entering freshman come highly qualified, with an average SAT score (verbal + math) of 1160 and a high school average of 90.0. These scores mirror almost exactly the entire freshman class at SUNY-ESF. The average SAT score of college-bound students that took the SAT in 2007 was 1017 (www.collegeboard.com) indicating that the students entering our programs (and ESF) are ready for college. The five transfer students entering the programs had an average GPA of 3.44 at their previous institution.
We are looking forwarding to welcoming these new students in the fall.