EngineeringCAS 2018/2019 Cycle Report

2018/2019 Cycle Report

The 2018-2019 EngineeringCAS™ Cycle Report aggregates data for all received and complete applications submitted through the Centralized Application Service (CAS™) during the 2018-2019 admission cycle ( September 5, 2018 through March 31, 2020 ). This report primarily reflects data for applications to Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 . Liaison offers it as a resource to participating schools to assist in trend and recruitment analysis, benchmarking and strategic decision-making.

EngineeringCAS Summary

Launched in September 2017, EngineeringCAS grew quickly by 2018-2019, which was only its second year. Participating institutions have leveraged the CAS community to expand their reach and the diversity of their applicant pools.


PROGRAM FEE COLLECTION: For 2018-2019, Liaison’s processing fee for EngineeringCAS applications was $68 for the first designation and $40 for each subsequent designation. This has since been updated to $58 for all designations. Many institutions seek application revenue by adding their own fees to Liaison’s processing fee.

EngineeringCAS member schools represent public, private, research and historically black institutions from across the U.S. Currently, there are schools participating from the following states:

` Alabama ` California ` District of Columbia ` Florida ` Georgia ` Indiana

` Massachusetts ` New Mexico ` Oregon ` Rhode Island ` Tennessee ` Texas

Programs Collecting Fees in addition to Liaison’s Processing Fee

$ 70- $ 158 $ 40

Total fees ( i.e. Liaison processing fee + school program fee ) range from For those collecting program fees the average amount collected is

SOFTWARE SYSTEMS: EngineeringCAS provides its members with tools, resources and consultation to enable data and document exports to local systems. This allows EngineeringCAS users to use such systems in complementary ways to manage their admissions processes.

Percentage of schools using the Export Manager tool to manage data and documents in the CAS: 100 %

• Ellucian CRM Recruit • Liaison Enrollment Marketing Platform (EMP) • Slate by Technolutions • Salesforce

• Ellucian Banner • Oracle PeopleSoft

SIS/ERP System usage

CRM usage | #buildabetterclass

EngineeringCAS 2018-2019 Cycle Report

Program Summary Programs that participate in EngineeringCAS reap the benefits of a Centralized Application Service and a community of their peers while maintaining the unique branding and requirements that help them admit and enroll best-fit students. A “designation” refers to how a program is listed and can be selected within the CAS. Each designation allows EngineeringCAS users to specify the program name, fee, track, term, population and method of delivery. An applicant submits applications to programs as per these designation listings. DESIGNATION DETAILS:

TRANSCRIPTS REQUIREMENTS: Liaison’s processing team streamlines managing official transcripts by collecting them on behalf of EngineeringCAS users. However, schools may also choose to allow applicants to upload unofficial transcripts as part of the CAS.

RECOMMENDATION REQUIREMENTS: EngineeringCAS securely delivers recommendation letters via the Letters by Liaison platform, while also providing ​ recommenders with an easy-to-use experience.

Recommendation Requirements

Average number of recommendations required: Each designation determines minimum recommendations required and maximum recommendation allowed.

Minimum – 2.56

Maximum – 3.84

Total number of transcripts Liaison processed

Processed for Submitted ​ Applicants

Processed for In-Progress Applicants

Total number of recommendation letters Liaison processed

Processed for Submitted ​ Applicants

Processed for In-Progress Applicants

Official US Transcripts



Unofficial US Transcripts



Completed Recommendation Letters



Foreign Evaluations


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EngineeringCAS 2018-2019 Cycle Report

Applicant Pool Summary The diversity demonstrated by the applicant pool within EngineeringCAS appropriately reflects the wide range of programs at varied institutions within the CAS. ​


Approximately 1 of every 5 applicants used a mobile device (as opposed to a desktop) to complete their EngineeringCAS application.

Nearly 70% of applicants used Google Chrome as their browser to apply to EngineeringCAS.

A growing population of applicants are using digital devices to complete the CAS application. We are currently in the process of upgrading the user experience to make the applicant experience using mobile devices seamless.

COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP: The EngineeringCAS international applicant pool represented 90 countries with applications from India and China making up over 50% of the group. Within the US, EngineeringCAS drew applicants from 48 of the 50 states.

Top 5 US States of Residency:











Top 5 Sending Countries for International Students:










Saudi Arabia

GENDER, AGE, RACE & ETHNICITY: The EngineeringCAS applicant pool distributed across gender, race and age reflected the overall graduate education trends seen in the field. (Percentages <1% not shown) | #buildabetterclass

EngineeringCAS 2018-2019 Cycle Report


The EngineeringCAS applicant pool represent diverse academic backgrounds that span the breadth of fields within engineering.

1. Mechanical Engineering/Design 2. Computer Science and Engineering 3. Electrical and Electronic Engineering

6. Aerospace Engineering 7. Engineering 8. Petroleum Engineering 9. Materials Science 10. Biomedical Engineering

4. Chemical Engineering 5. Other/None/Not Listed

TEST SCORES: We have the ability to collect official GRE and TOEFL scores on behalf of the school although students can self-report on a variety of scores.

Average self-reported GRE score (scaled):



All programs

163.17 162.81 163.26

152.44 152.33 152.49

PhD programs

Masters programs

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: While EngineeringCAS collects self-reported credits and GPA for foreign institutions, the difference in scales across countries make it difficult to report averages. As a result, all self-reported credits and GPA averages are based on study at US institutions only.

Average cumulative GPA:

Average number of credits earned:










Until now, very little data has been captured about graduate-level engineering programs and the students who leverage these opportunities to either enhance their current careers or begin new career paths. With the support of the EngineeringCAS community, we are now in the position to create a one-of-its-kind report that lays a foundation for longitudinal analysis of how students make academic choices in pursuit of graduate degrees in the field. In a world constantly in flux due to COVID-19 and its repercussions, the most important realization engineering schools can make today is that they should not and will not return to a pre-pandemic state of affairs. EngineeringCAS will provide such data annually to help participating schools navigate the new normal, informing their ability to structure, enhance and improve their academic offerings while helping students understand the breadth of opportunities available in graduate engineering education. While the report focuses on data trends within EngineeringCAS as a whole, participating schools can choose to utilize Analytics by Liaison TM to review how their institution performs in comparison. | #buildabetterclass

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