Enrollment slumps in law schools and college journalism programs, but booms in engineering.
US students are fleeing law schools and pouring into engineering
… US law school enrollment is 93% of what it was in 2005, and the decline has accelerated since 2012:
Engineering is the one graduate discipline that’s really exploded—enrollment has grown by 38% since 2005. It has substantially outpaced medical school, the second fastest growing graduate discipline, which has grow by 11% over the same period.
The shift reflects that, in the US, engineering degrees yield the highest salary bumps and the lowest unemployment rates:
Columbia Will Shrink Journalism School as Media Woes Mount
Class Size Rose in Recession, Now Receding Again
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will reduce its class size and cut about six positions from its staff as the news industry retrenches.
The school will gradually reduce enrollment over several years and has already stopped filling some vacant faculty positions, Steve Coll, dean of the school since 2013, said in an e-mail to students, faculty and staff today.
Interest in computer science is booming.
Columbia is seeing increased demand for training in digital media, Ms. Fishman said, adding that applications for the school’s dual degree in journalism and computer science were up 47% this year.
What’s a student to do?