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January 30, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(5):440. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570310060025

In an article on university registration statistics, Science8 furnishes a tabulation of the attendance at thirty of the universities of the country. The editor suggests that there is a theory that universities and colleges have unusually large increases in numbers of students when national economic conditions are at a low ebb, that is, during "hard times." The registration statistics presented in the article referred to seem to bear this out. The period of depression in the early portion of 1914 was prolonged by the declaration of war. Perhaps as a consequence, at least as a coincidence, three universities, Columbia, California and Pittsburgh, gained over 1,000 students each in all departments; six, Ohio State, Wisconsin, New York University, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, gained more than 500, and five others, Illinois, Nebraska, Cornell, Cincinnati and Michigan, gained over 300.

It is usually said that the increase of registration in hard times is

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