WASHINGTON--After increasing for 2 years, the number of undergraduate college students choosing to study engineering has leveled off.

According to a report by the Engineering Workforce Commission, the national total of full-time engineering students enrolled in the fall of 1999 was 323,713, a 1.8 percent decrease from 1998. Minority enrollment in engineering has also stabilized.

Computer engineering was again the most popular choice for engineering freshmen last fall. Overall, more students pursue electrical and electronics engineering than any other discipline. However, the rapid increase of freshmen in computer engineering indicates that the dominance of electrical engineering will not last more than 4 more years.