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Findings from the 2011 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey

From the Council of Graduate Schools

Since 2004, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has conducted a multi-year empirical examination of international graduate application, admission, and enrollment trends. This analysis responds to member institutions’ concerns about continuing changes in the enrollment of students from abroad seeking master’s and doctoral degrees from U.S. colleges and universities. International students currently comprise about 15.5% of all students at U.S. graduate schools.1

The core of this examination is a three-phase survey of CGS member institutions. The CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey collects an initial snapshot of applications to U.S. graduate schools from prospective international students (Phase I, conducted in February of each year), final applications and an initial picture of admissions offers to prospective international students (Phase II, June), and final offers of admission and first-time and total international graduate student enrollment (Phase III, October).2

Data from this year’s Phase I survey indicate that applications from prospective international students to U.S. graduate schools increased in 2011, marking the sixth consecutive year of growth, and matching last year’s 9% gain (see Figure 1). Over the past six years, the year-to-year growth in international applications has ranged from a high of 12% in 2006 to a low of 4% in 2009, but these six years of growth follow a 28% decline in applications from prospective international graduate students in 2004, and a subsequent 5% decline in 2005.

Continued at: http://www.cgsnet.org/portals/0/pdf/R_IntlApps11_I.pdf

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