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Record Graduate School Applications

November 27th, 2007 by flanews

The 11 state institutions of the State University System of Florida received a record number of graduate school applications for the fall semester. 54,065 applied to graduate programs this fall. That compares with 47,674 who applied in fall 2006, an increase of 13.4 percent. 53 percent were accepted in 2007. In 2006, the acceptance rate was 56 percent. State leaders believe the economic downturn is partly responsible.

We have more prepared students competing for the same or fewer number of seats, said Chancellor Mark Rosenberg of the State University System of Florida. “So were spending a lot of time to figure out here at the Board of Governors how we can grow our access to our students without diminishing the quality. They need quality because they need to be competitive, not only on I-95 and on I-10, but globally.”

For the fall semester, overall enrollment in the states 11 public universities went up 2 percent, to 299,570 students.

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