International students drive modest growth in US graduate enrolments

September 23, 2014

The Council for Graduate Schools (CGS) has released a new report on graduate enrolment in the US. According to the report, applications to US graduate schools were up 1% between fall 2012 and fall 2013. This contributed to a 6.1% increase for the period from fall 2008 to fall 2013. Most first-time graduate students were enrolled in business (17.6%), education (17.4%), and health sciences (12.9%). The growth in first-time graduate students was driven largely by an 11.5% growth in international students, while the number of US citizens and permanent citizens who were first-time graduate students dropped by 0.9%. 57.1% of first-time graduate students in fall 2013 were women. Total graduate enrolment fell by 0.2% between fall 2012 and fall 2013. 57.9% of all graduate students in fall 2013 were women. Inside Higher Ed | Full Report