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    I'm just curious if there are any statistics how how many studets actually fail their comprehensive exams...across all programs.

    I am applying to many programs, and although I know what I want, I often think it worst case scenario. Do many people fail their comprehensive and qualifier exams ?

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    I guess it depends on your perspective of "many" and which field you are interested in.


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    I think about 50% drop out after the first year at some schools. I don't know if it is because they fail the exam or because of other reasons. It could be both.

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    Stat for Northwestern last year: 17/39 dropped....first year core exam..this is what I've heard..but since NW gives out the toughest core exams nationwide......

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    Really..Im at NWU now for masters biotech...didnt seem that bad

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    Isn't Stanford notorious for this thing?

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    Isn't Chicago?

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    Actually, I have heard that the professors at Chicago won't even take you seriously until you've passed your prelims.

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