Chinese applications to US grad schools drop 5%

April 8, 2013

Following 7 consecutive years of double-digit increases, the number of Chinese applications to graduate programs in the US this spring dropped by an unexpected 5%. "Disturbing" and "precipitous" is how the Council of Graduate Schools' president characterizes the drop in Chinese applicants. "This is a post-9/11 kind of drop," she says, referring to steep declines in foreign students following the 2001 terrorist attacks. Overall, international graduate applications did climb, but by just 1%, the smallest growth in 8 years, according to a report issued yesterday by the council. The report notes that graduate applications from overseas this year surely would have dipped into negative territory were it not for a 20% increase in applications from India, the second-largest sending nation behind China. Following a 7% increase in graduate applications from Canada from 2011 to 2012, Canadian applications fell by 4% from 2012 to 2013. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Inside Higher Ed | Council of Graduate Schools