Thursday, July 9, 2015

International Graduate Applications Up 2 Percent, Preliminary Data Shows


Data: Council of Graduate Schools
By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Graphic by Brittney Bodden

The Council of Graduate Schools has released fall 2015 preliminary data that sheds light on trends in U.S. graduate school applications from students overseas.


The survey of nearly 800 higher education institutions revealed that based on last year’s final data and this year’s preliminary figures, the number of international graduate school applications will have increased by about 2 percent since fall 2014. According to the survey findings, this marks the 10th consecutive year the number has risen.

Unsurprisingly, STEM fields – science, math, engineering and technology – drew the largest number of applications from international prospective students, accounting for 50 percent. Engineering specifically saw the highest number of applicants, followed by mathematics and computer sciences. At the same time, the number of applications to U.S. business programs fell slightly (by 2 percent), marking the first decrease in this field since CGS’ annual survey began in 2004.

As per usual, China and India were the top two countries to send students to the U.S. However, the number of applications from Chinese students fell for the third consecutive year, whereas the number of Indian applicants rose by 12 percent.

Still, China remains the No. 1 country to send graduate students to the United States, as China accounts for 39 percent of all applications at the graduate level. India isn’t too far behind, at 28 percent. The gap between the two countries continues to narrow, the survey suggests.

The report with the finalized data will be released this fall.

Check out the recent report.

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