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Roster of Physics Departments with Enrollment and Degree Data, 2015

SEP 01, 2016
Results from the 2015 Survey of Enrollments and Degrees
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Research Manager American Institute of Physics
Physics roster

Physics bachelor’s degree production continues to increase, with the 8,081 bachelor’s awarded representing yet another all-time high. Further increases in physics bachelor’s degree production are anticipated as undergraduate junior- and senior-level enrollments continue to climb. The all-time high of 1,860 physics PhDs conferred in the class of 2015 continues the trend of increasing PhD production. First-year graduate physics student enrollments have been relatively unchanged in recent years, as a result total graduate enrollments are expected to remain at about 15,000 for the next couple of years.

This report contains the most current enrollment and degree data for each degree-granting physics department in the US. The findings in this report come from the AIP annual survey of Enrollments and Degrees.

Revised December 2016.

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