High schoolers are increasingly pursuing STEM studies in college

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The high school class of 2014 is taking selfies on stage at graduation and using social networks to make summer plans. So it is no wonder they are also flocking to college majors that could lead to careers in high technology.

In high schools around the country, more departing seniors are electing to study computer science, mathematics, engineering, and science in college than graduates of just a few years ago. That trend is especially pronounced in Medfield, where 27 percent of seniors who declared college majors have chosen a high-tech track, up from 19 percent for the class of 2007.

Combined, the declared majors for science, technology, engineering, and math now surpass the traditional stronghold of business. Meanwhile, the number of Medfield students who selected humanities majors plummeted from 12 percent to 5 percent between 2007 and 2014.

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