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Graduate School Applications Top Past Record High

Entrance Requirements Raised To Prevent Overcrowding of Facilities Already Strained


With applications flooding in daily, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has been forced to raise entrance requirements from a B average to a B-plus A-minus one. A 50% increase in the highest previous enrollment of the school has been forecast for the fall term, with three-quarters of the expected students veterans.

The Graduate School is not following the College's practice of automatic readmissions of those who received war-times leaves of absence. All returning students will take a special screening examination, and many may be refused re-admission. In order to establish standards for the admission of veterans, the Graduate School Examination is being revised so that aptitude rather than knowledge will be stressed.

Current Enrollment 1080

Current enrollment at the school is 1080, of whom 501 are veterans and 579 have not seen service. For the summer term, 1300 students are expected, and of these 900 will be vets, while the fall term will add 300 more veterans, while the number of non-veterans will remain constant.

For those fields win which the majority of applications are received, the Graduate School has established certain tentative quotes, in order to minimize over-crowding of facilities. The three large manors in Graduate School are History, English, and Economics, each of them claiming over 100 students. At present, Government, Physics and Chemistry have over 50, while other areas of study contribute fewer. The faculty expects a sizable increase of concentrators in Sociology and Psychology now that the new field of Social Relations has been expanded.

Reference Letters Needed

All applicants for the Graduate School must now file letters of reference with their applications, and wartime training in ASTP, service language units, CATS, and other Army and Navy schools is being considered in marginal cases.

Before the war, applications were handled as they came in, but the school has now decided to sift all applications six weeks before the beginning of the term so that late starters will be under no handicap.

At Radcliffe, no change is expected in the previous enrollment of 350 students at the graduate level. The Graduate School is making arrangements with Radcliffe so as to avoid overcrowding those fields where equipment is already strained.

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