International Applications and Enrollment Decline, Survey Finds

According to a new study by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the number of first-time international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs declined 1 percent from fall 2016 to 2017, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Applications to U.S. graduate schools from international students also fell, by 3 percent. This is only the second time since CGS started surveying graduate programs in 2004 that there was a year-to-year decline in both international applications and first-time enrollments, reported Inside Higher Ed. 

The CGS survey follows a report by the National Science Foundation that found a higher decline (5.5 percent) in overall international enrollment at U.S. institutions from fall 2016 to fall 2017. The NSF report was based on comprehensive student visa data held by the Department of Homeland Security; CGS's report was based on a voluntary survey of members of the association and its affiliate groups. A total of 175 universities provided data to CGS for both fall 2016 and fall 2017 admissions cycles, reported Inside Higher Ed.  

The CGS found that acceptance rates and yield rates were comparable to last year.


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