Universities: Community of Scholars

When Physicist Frederick Seitz, 56, becomes president of Manhattan's Rockefeller University on July 1, he will be taking over a 14-year-old school that has only 138 students. For Seitz, who has been head of the National Academy of Sciences since 1962, it will hardly be a professional step back ward. Rockefeller University not only ranks as one of the world's leading centers of scientific research, but is also a unique educational phenomenon—a graduate university that gives no grades, charges no tuition, confers nothing except doctoral degrees.

R.U., as its students call it, was founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1901...

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