NSF Fall 2021 Survey Finds Increases in Graduate Students Studying Science and Engineering

On January 17, the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) released their Fall 2021 Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. The report is an annual census of all U.S. academic institutions granting research-based master’s or doctorate degrees in science, engineering, and selected health fields for the fall of the survey year. Some key findings from the report include a 44.3 percent increase in first-time, full-time master’s students and a 13.4 percent increase in first-time, full-time doctoral students between 2020 and 2021. Overall findings show the highest enrollments reported since separate data for master’s and doctoral students became available in 2017. More information concerning the report can be found here. For more information about the release of future NCSES surveys and reports, please visit their website.