09/23/2011 09:24 am ET | Updated Nov 23, 2011

Number Of New Graduate Students Down For First Time Since 2003

Reuters) - New student enrollment at U.S. graduate schools fell in 2010 for the first time since the fall of 2003, according to a report released on Thursday.

The decrease came despite a more than eight percent increase in applications, said the report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Board.

The survey -- conducted annually since 1986 -- showed the number of first-time grad students fell 1.1 percent from fall 2009 to fall 2010, though applications increased 8.4 percent.

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