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Stanford expects increase in graduate student enrollment

STANFORD - Stanford University expects to enroll 2,272 new graduate students this fall, an increase of about 10 percent over this time last year, according to statistics compiled by the Registrar's Office.

The new students include 829 new doctoral students and 1,443 new master's students. They bring to 6,962 the total number expected to seek graduate degrees at Stanford this year.

The jump in graduate enrollment is primarily due to the addition of new master's students - especially in the schools of Engineering, Education, and Humanities and Sciences. That was agreed to last year as part of the universit y's overall deficit reduction plan. Unlike doctoral students, who usually receive financial support from the university, master's students typically pay full tuition, plus room and board if they live on campus.

Stanford's School of Engineering has the highest number of incoming graduate students, with 807 new master's students (compared to 687 last year) and 141 new doctoral students.

It is followed by the School of Humanities and Sciences, with 141 new master's students and 321 doctoral students; Graduate School of Business (381 new master's students and 17 doctoral); Law (1 master's, 189 doctoral); Medici ne (2 master's, 110 doctoral); Education (85 master's, 26 doctoral); and Earth Sciences (26 master's, 26 doctoral).

About 69 percent of the new graduate students - 1,568 - are male, while females make up 31 percent, or 703.

Continuing the university's trend toward decentralization, most graduate student orientation activities will take place within departments and schools. However, a few joint activities are planned.

A reception and welcome for all graduate students will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Rodin Sculpture Garden. The event will be hosted by the Stanford Alumni Association.

"Teaching at Stanford," an orientation for future course assistants, teaching assistants and other interested instructors on campus, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Terman Auditorium. Workshops and v ideo presentations will be featured.

A welcome program for graduate student spouses, partners and family members is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Escondido Village Center. Local employment, child care, health care, campus activities, cultu ral events and religious groups will be among the topics discussed.

Special orientation activities for new minority graduate students, women students and international students also will be held throughout the month.

More information is available from the Dean of Students Office, 725-5580.



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