40% increase in graduate student enrollment in US, from India

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Washington has disclosed the reports on the first time enrollment of international students for the academic year 2012-13. The reports revealed that the first time enrollment of international graduate students has increased by 10%. While India grows by 40%, China is lagging by 5%.

The reports said that, on an overall 10% increase in enrollments for the first time for session 2012-13, it adds 8% increase to that of the last two years. In the year 2013, the CGS saw a total of 2,20,000 enrollments of international graduate students.


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The survey was a part of the 2013 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey, Phase III: Final Offers of Admission and Enrollment. Earlier, when the survey began, they saw slow-down in the growth of applications by international students. The reports said they increased by just 2% in 2013, which was the lowest increase in last eight years.

Later, substantial variations were found in the increase of applications coming from across countries that were included in the study.

40% increase in Indian student enrollment in US

The survey results corroborate findings from another recent CGS report, Graduate Enrollment & Degrees: 2002-2012, which reported an 8% increase in first-time graduate enrollments among international students from fall 2011 to fall 2012.

2012 and a widening gap between U.S. and international enrollments in a number of key fields. International students now account for 15 percent of the nation's total graduate enrollment.

The variations in growth among the countries and regions are as follows.

Overall trend in first-time enrollment of international graduate students for 2013
Country/Region Increased by year
2013 2012 2011
India 40% 1% 2%
China 5% 22% 21%
Brazil 17% 14% -
Middle East 10% 18% -
South Korean 12% - -
Europe 7% - -
Africa 3% - -

Following are the trends by broad field of study.

Field Increase in international First-time Enrollment, 2012-13
Arts and Humanities 9%
Business 6%
Education 3%
Engineering 17%
Life Sciences 3%
Physical and Earth Sciences 18%
Social Sciences and Psychology 1%
Other Fields 7%

International graduate students enroll in various fields that have been traditionally popular among today's population. According to analysis, the two most popular fields among international students are Physical and Earth Sciences (includes Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and Engineering). Together it results in 47% of all international graduate students enrollment, in the year 2013.

According to the reports, it is found that the international first-time graduate enrollment increased in both Public institutions as well as Private institutions. It includes not-for-profit institutions. The increased rate according to the regions and location is as follows.

Trends by location of study and institution type.

Institution Type Increase in enrollment, in 2013
Public Institutions 11%
Private Institutions 11%
Not-for-profit Institutions 8%
Region/Location: United States
West 17%
Midwest 12%
Northeast 9%
South 7%

About CGS:

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is an organisation of over 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. Among U.S. institutions, CGS members award 92% of the doctoral degrees and 78% of the master's degrees.

The organisation's mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.

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