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Analysis Variable:   Number of Graduate Students
This variable is the number of graduate students enrolled in GSS-eligible science, engineering, and health (SEH) units in the fall of the data collection year. Breakdowns of these data are available by: academic institution, state, Carnegie classification, type-of-control (public or private), citizenship, race/ethnicity, gender, academic discipline, highest degree granted (unit- and/or institution-level), and enrollment status (full-time and part-time).
Graduate students include persons enrolled for credit in any SEH master's, Ph.D., or Ph.D.-equivalent degree program. Also included are students in professional degree programs (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., D.O., D.P.T., D.V.M.), interns, and residents who are concurrently working for a SEH master's or Ph.D. degree or enrolled in a joint medical/Ph.D. program. SEH students performing thesis or dissertation research away from the campus (for example, at Government- and contractor-owned facilities) in the United States are also included if they are enrolled for credit in an advanced-degree program.

Students enrolled in a foreign country (at a branch or extension center) and non-matriculated students are excluded. Non-U.S. citizens without temporary visas who reside outside the U.S. and are enrolled in an on-line degree program at a U.S. institution are also excluded.

Individuals who already hold graduate or medical degrees and are working on another master's, Ph.D., or Ph.D.-equivalent degree are considered graduate students, not postdoctorates.

Data are available beginning in fall 1972.
Please see the data source help for details on the population size and structure for each year.
Quality Control
These data have been checked and verified to correspond to data in the following NSF publication:
Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering
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