Foreign Grad Admissions Up 9%

Offers to Chinese students are up 20 percent, but figures for India and South Korea are flat.

August 23, 2012

For the second year in a row, graduate schools have increased the number of admissions offers they make to international graduate students by 9 percent, according to data released today by the Council of Graduate Schools.

The admissions offers follow a year in which total graduate applications from outside the United States increased by 9 percent.

Applicants form China continue to be central to the increases. American graduate programs saw an increase of 20 percent in admissions offers to these applicants, following gains in the previous three years of 21, 15 and 17 percent. At the same time, however, offers of admission were flat this year to those from the other two countries that with China send the most students to the United States: India and South Korea. The results are based on surveys of graduate schools.

Changes in Offers of Admission, 2011 to 2012, to International Graduate Students, by Selected Countries and Regions

Country or Region Change
China +20%
India +0%
South Korea +0%
Taiwan -2%
Canada +10%
Mexico -6%
Brazil +13%
Africa +1%
Europe +3%
Middle East +17%

By field of study, this year saw the largest gains in admissions offers in business and education, followed by the social sciences. STEM fields saw smaller increases than last year.

International Graduate Admissions Offers, by Field of Study

Field of Study % Change 2010 to 2011 % Change 2011 to 2012
Arts and humanities +5% +6%
Business +11% +17%
Education +7% +17%
Engineering +8% +7%
Life sciences +7% +0%
Physical and earth sciences +11% +5%
Social sciences and psychology +2% +14%



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