Public Release:  Part-time graduate enrollment in science and engineering growing at a higher rate

From 2010 to 2011, growth in part-time graduate enrollment outpaced that of full-time enrollment

National Science Foundation

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IMAGE: From 2010 to 2011, growth in part-time graduate enrollment (1.6 percent) outpaced that of full-time enrollment (0.5 percent) for the first time since 2005. The image shows Kelley Stewart, a... view more

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From 2010 to 2011, enrollment of part-time graduate students in science and engineering (S&E) fields grew at a higher rate than that of full-time S&E graduate students for the first time since 2005.

The new finding comes from a report released today by the National Science Foundation that reveals that enrollment of part-time S&E graduate students increased 1.6 percent versus 0.5 percent for full-time S&E graduate students from 2010 to 2011.

During the past decade, enrollment of full-time graduate students in S&E grew almost 25 percent, from approximately 325,000 students in 2002 to approximately 411,200 students in 2011. Enrollment of part-time students increased nearly 15 percent, from approximately 129,300 students in 2002 to approximately 149,700 students in 2011.

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For more information on this report, please contact Kelly Kang.

Please visit the NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics for more reports and other products.

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