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The trend toward increasing numbers of applicants, which became evident in 1962, appears to be continuing as predicted. Figures for the past 18 years are given in Table 10, together with the numbers of accepted applicants. It is important to note that the figure for "accepted applicants" is always larger than the actual number of students entering the first-year class, due to an understandable policy of over-acceptance by many of the schools. This excess varies from 0.4% to 4.7% of the entering class, and averaged 3.0% during the period reported.The number of applicants has continued to rise (by 1,500) over that of the previous year, and the number of applications per individual has also risen sharply during the same three-year period. Most significantly, the ratio of applicants to available first-year positions (Fig 18), which had fallen to 1.7 in 1960-1962, has since risen steadily to its present value
Medical Students. JAMA. 1965;194(7):752-759. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090200060016