3000 GSAS Students Register; Draft Influences High Enrollment
Three thousand students are expected to register today and tomorrow for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The seven per cent increase over last year's 2810 students is probably partially due to the increasing draft quota, according to J. Peterson Elder, Dean of the GSAS. "Ideally, I certainly hope this isn't so, but realistically some must be here because of the draft," Elder admitted yesterday.
Eight hundred students, also a slight increase, will register for the Graduate School of Education Thursday and Friday. The Medical, Law, and Business students registered earlier this week; all schools report slight increases in enrollment.
One out of seven first-year students registering will be back in Cambridge for their fifth year. Fourteen per cent of last year's class attended Harvard and 18 per cent graduated from Radcliffe.
It is not easy, however, for an undergraduate to gain admission to the GSAS. For example, English and History departments only accept Harvard undergraduates who received magna degrees in their fields.
Eighty-four per cent of GSAS Ph.D.'s will find careers in teaching or research, Dean Elder noted yesterday. According to a survey complied last spring, only four per cent are government officials, and less than thirteen per cent are engaged in "commercially oriented activities."
Only half of the students accepted each year by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences actually show up at registration. According to Elder, the rest end up "either in Tibet or at Yale."