Gainesville, FL: A total of 1244 first year students and 304 transfer students converged on Gainesville this weekend to begin their Gator Engineering careers. The class represents one of the largest in years for the College. Of the incoming students, 45 first year students have already declared ISE as their major in addition to 22 of the transfer students (these numbers are unofficial until the drop/add deadline). As shown by the accompanying chart, this is the largest incoming freshmen class of ISE students from our available data set (from 1996). Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering was the most popular choice this year, with 346 new students and 99 transfers. Of the 1244 freshmen, over 200 are presently undeclared. All of the new students participated in a convocation on Friday, August 19, preceding the start of classes on Monday, August 22.