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Roster of Physics Departments with Enrollment and Degree Data, 2016

SEP 01, 2017
Results from the 2016 Survey of Enrollments and Degrees
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Research Manager American Institute of Physics

The physics bachelor’s class of 2016 represents yet another all-time high. There were 8,440 bachelor’s degrees conferred, an increase of 4% from the previous year and a 131% increase from the recent low in 1999. First-year graduate physics student enrollments have remained at about 3,200 students for the last 5 years. The number of physics PhDs conferred in the class of 2016 represented a 2% decline from the previous year, but degree production has been increasing in recent years, up 67% from 12 years earlier.

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.

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