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July 28, 2005

Private Universities Struggle to Fill Classes

The ratio of applicants to places at private universities fell again this year, according to Asahi.com. The latest figure, released on Monday by a group that supports private schools, dropped for the third year in a row to 109.9%, more than 10 percentage points down from 1990. The figure was calculated from the total of 473,714 applicants for 431,037 places (though the number of new students was actually up by 0.8%). An all-time high 160 schools, 5 more than last year and about 30% of the nationwide total, were unable to achieve full enrollment. Junior colleges, which last year had a placement ratio over 100% for the first time in six years, fell back below that level again to 99.6%. Historically the highest ratio for a private university has been 243%, while this year has seen one university filling only 14% of places.
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Daily Yomiuri article - 160 private colleges fail to fill student rolls (link will expire)
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