Will it be tougher to get into a PhD program this year due to the economic situation? I know at my school there have been budget cuts and I'm sure many other public univerisities are doing the same. I've also heard that a few private institutions have taken sizable hits to their endowment. There is also talk that since so many people were laid off and the job market is rough, these laid off workers will be applying for graduate school. I am very worried about all this. When I applied last year, a few schools said they were taking half the class size (both these schools were public uni's), and now with an even worse economic situation, I feel like the margin for admit is even slimmer. I have applied to 3 really good safety schools. But like I said, if everyone is taking smaller freshman classes, people like me get marginalized. Anyone else worried about this? Any professors here have any insight to maybe support or refute these notions about smaller incoming classes?