Grad School Enrollment Declines…Why?

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More people are applying to grad school and less people are going, according to a report by the Council of Graduate Schools.

The report, released in Sept. 2012, shows a 1.7 percent decline in enrollment of first-time graduate students between fall 2010 and fall 2011 and a 4.3 percent increase in graduate school applicants. All fields experienced a decline in enrollment, except health sciences, which increased by 6.4 percent.

It’s the second year in a row that grad school enrollment has declined in America. Let’s explore why this is and if those reasons should be compelling to reluctant applicants.

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