ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a push to attract more women and minorities to technical industries, female students make up the largest ever share of this year's freshman class at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Black students make up about 7 percent of the freshman class — a 35 percent jump from last year.
Georgia Tech officials say the benchmarks are a sign their recruiting efforts are paying off. But they acknowledge there is more work to be done. As part of a recent White House event, Intel donated $5 million toward the school to increase the number of women and minority engineers.
Undergraduate admissions director Rick Clark says a diverse campus is an essential part of preparing students for their careers. Clark says students need to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.