Roster of Astronomy Departments with Enrollment and Degree Data, 2015

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Roster of Astronomy Departments with Enrollment and Degree Data, 2015

Results from the 2015 Survey of Enrollments and Degrees
September 2016
Starr Nicholson and Patrick J. Mulvey

Astro Roster 2015

The number of astronomy bachelor’s degrees conferred in the US continues to increase, with the class of 2015 reaching a new all-time high of 459 degrees conferred.  With undergraduate astronomy enrollments continuing to increase at the 79 departments offering astronomy degrees, this trend is expected to continue for at least a couple of more years.  There were 198 first-year students enrolling in US graduate astronomy programs in the fall of 2015. The number of new students enrolling in astronomy graduate programs has remained at around 200 for over a decade.   There were 130 astronomy PhDs awarded in the class of 2015, down from 147 the year before.

This report contains the most current enrollment and degree data for each degree-granting astronomy department in the US.  The findings in this report come from the AIP annual survey of Enrollments and Degrees.

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