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and figures that show the general growth until the present. The
number of students had increased from thirteen the first year to
sixteen for each of the years, 1903-04 and
1904-05.7
For the first ten
years, 1902-12, the average number per year was 23; for the next ten
years, 1912-22, 35.4; for the next ten years, 1922-32, 54.4; and for the
last nine years, 1932-41, 57.6, which approximates the number sixty
allowed for a school of medicine with the faculty and equipment of
the Wake Forest School of Medicine. The average for all the thirty-
nine years was 42.2. It was only the care that the College exercised,
almost from the first, in admissions that kept the classes of the School
from being overrun with students.
The policy of the College in admitting students to the School of
Medicine is indicated in the catalogue of 1902-03, the first year of the
operation of the School, as follows: "Requirements for admission to
the School of Medicine are the same as those for admission to the
academic department of the College." As is shown in the chapter on
Entrance Requirements above it was not until the years, 1905-06 and
1906-07, that the entrance requirements of the College were definitely
fixed in terms of units, and an accurate statement could be made of
the student's high school credits; from that time for fifteen years a
student might enter the College and also the School of Medicine with
certain deficiencies in his high school work, which deficiencies he
was required to remove after entering college; it was only with the
opening of the school year 1922-23 that the improvement of the high
schools of the State enabled the higher educational institutions to
admit
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The number of the students by years, 1902-03 to 1940-41, is as follows: 1902-
03, 13; 1903-04, 16 (13 first year and 3 second year); 1904-05, 16; 1905-06, 17;
1906-07, 22; 1907-08, 24; 1908-09, 30; 1909-10, 30; 1910-11, 35; 1911-12, 28;
1912-13, 35; 1913-14, 28; 1914-15, 26; 1915-16, 31; 1916-17 (15, 17) 31; 1917-18
(21, 14) 35; 1918-19 (16, 19) 35; 1919-20 (28, 17) 45; 1920-21 (24,25) 49; 1921-22
(19,20) 39; 1922-23 (27,18) 45; 1923-24 (35-28) 63; 1924-25 (22, 27) 59; 1925-26
(22, 18) 40; 1926-27 (36, 21) 57; 1927-28 (16, 34) 60; 1928-29 (28, 26) 54; 1929-
30 (26, 27) 53; 1930-31 (30, 24) 54; 1931-32 (31,28) 59; 1932-33 (30,29) 59; 1933-
34 (35,27) 62; 1934-35 (30,33) 63; 1935-36 (25,31) 56; 1936-37 (28,21) 49; 1937-
38 (32,20) 52; 1938-39 (32,19) 51; 1939-40 (33, 27) 60; 1940-41 (36, 30) 66. In the
parentheses the first number is that of first year students, the second that of second
year.
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