For the first time in five years, the number of applicants for admission to the first year of medical school declined, as shown in Table 13. The number of applications continued to increase, as the average number of applications per individual approached five. Last year a chart was published showing the recent increase in the number of applicants per available first-year positions; this year the upward trend of that index was halted by a slight decline from 2.2 to 2.13. However, there were still 9,944 applicants who could find no opening in a US school, which indicates that the "pool" of available manpower is still a large one. It is not apparent what effect, if any, the Viet Nam conflict is having (or will have) on the size and character of this pool.
Total enrollment continued to rise slightly to the new high of 32,835, an increase of