Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences include Biomedical Engineering, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Informatics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, the eight programs in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, Nutrition and Health Sciences, and Physics.

Percentages are rounded to whole numbers and do not always add to 100. “Five Year Average” of admissions and enrollment data reflect data from 2012-13 through fall semester 2016.  “Five Year Average” of degree data reflects data from 2011-12 through 2015-16.

PhD Program Data

Fall 2016

Fall 2015

5 Year Average

PhD Admissions

Number of applications 2,812 2,595 2,471
Number of admissions offers (Selectivity) 469 (17%) 452 (17%) 423 (17%)
Number of new doctoral students (Yield) 203 (43%) 193 (43%) 186 (44%)

PhD Enrollment

Total enrollment 975 949 949
Female 52% 54% 53%
Male 48% 46% 47%
International 25% 23% 26%
U.S. citizen or permanent resident 75% 77% 75%

PhD Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or
Permanent Resident, by Race

Black of African American 9% 8% 8%
Asian 9% 8% 9%
Hispanic of any race 7% 7% 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
White 61% 61% 63%
Two or more races (includes Hispanic) 3% 2% 2%
Not indicated 10% 12% 11%

PhD Degrees

2015-16

5 Year Average

Number of degrees awarded 133 133
Median years to PhD 5.3 5.7
Average adjusted years to PhD 5.5 5.6
Percent of students who entered between
2004-05 and 2008-09, and completed
the PhD as of August 31, 2016
77%

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