Students Are Among the Tops in Earning a Doctorate
January 19, 2005
Mass. -- Wellesley College takes a top spot
on an elite list of colleges and universities whose graduates go
on to earn a Ph.D. The annual survey, “Doctorate Recipients
from U.S. Universities: Summary Report 2003,” sponsored by
the National Science Foundation and several federal agencies, polled
hundreds of colleges and universities on their students who became
1999–2003 doctorate recipients.
217 liberal arts colleges surveyed, Wellesley College ranked
seventh in sending
the most undergraduates—329—on
to doctoral study. The top three institutions in that category
were Oberlin College, Wesleyan University and Carleton College.
Other survey categories include doctoral/research-extensive universities,
in which University of California, Berkeley topped the list.
Women received 45 percent of all doctorates granted in 2003, the
same percentage as in 2002. Thirty-two percent of doctorate recipients
who declared their citizenship came from outside the United States.
The largest number of foreign doctorate recipients came from China,
Korea and India, respectively.
For the second
year in a row, American women topped their male counterparts
51 percent of doctorates earned by U.S. citizens.
A women’s college since its founding in 1870, Wellesley College
has an enrollment of 2,300 undergraduates from 49 states and 64