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Graduate Science and Engineering Enrollment

December 30, 1999

Although the overall number of graduate students enrolled in science and engineering programs at U.S. institutions declined for the fifth consecutive year in 1998, enrollment of black and Hispanic students in such programs continued to increase.

According to a report from the National Science Foundation:

  • Enrollment dropped to an eight-year low of 405,280 in 1998, after peaking at nearly 436,000 in 1993.
  • Black enrollment continued a decade long increase, reaching more than 19,600 in 1998, up from approximately 12, 770 in 1990.
  • Hispanic enrollment also continued to rise, from just more than 10,000 in 1990 to almost 15, 600 in 1998.

Source: Michelle Healy, "Science Spiral Continues," USA Today, December 30, 1999.


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