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Fewer prospective students were turned away from nursing programs in 2012. The ability of U.S. nursing schools to meet the educational demands of prospective students is slowly increasing, according to new data from the 2011–2012 annual National League for Nursing survey. Throughout the late 2000s, the percentage of nursing programs that rejected qualified applicants was high—more than 80% in practical nursing and associate's degree programs. In 2012, the percentage that turned away qualified applicants decreased substantially, except for programs offering baccalaureates. Also, 73% of responding schools hired new full-time faculty in the previous year, and the percentage of minorities enrolled in postlicensure programs increased. The shortage of clinical placement settings, however, still limits the expansion of practical nursing and associate's degree programs, and a shortage of faculty is the primary impediment to the expansion of graduate programs.