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Int'l students trickle back to US

Survey finds new student enrollment is up in the life sciences, but questions about broader recovery loom

Karen Pallarito
In a slight improvement from last year's numbers, enrollment of first-time international graduate students in US life-science programs rose 2% in 2006, according to a new survey. Last year, new student enrollment slipped 1%, and in 2004, it dropped 10%.Still, total enrollment has not recovered as quickly in the life sciences as in some other fields of study, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) survey. In life science, enrollment of international grad students dipped 1% in 2006, bettering last year's 5% decline. In engineering, there was a 3% increase in 2006, versus a 6% decline in 2005. In business, enrollment was up 1%, after a 3% dip last year. Across CGS' 462 US-member institutions, enrollment edged 1% higher in 2006, compared with a 3% drop-off in 2005."It looks like there is a turnaround going on in life sciences, but it's obviously taking longer than it...

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