Foreign Students Drive Modest Increase In Graduate-School Enrollments

Career College Central summary:

  • Enrollments in graduate programs at American colleges and universities have increased modestly, driven largely by a rise in international students, according to a report being released on Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools.
  • From the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2012, first-time enrollment in graduate certificate, education-specialist, master's, and doctoral programs increased by 1.8 percent, to more than 461,000 students, reversing two consecutive years of declines, says the report, "Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2002 to 2012." About 58 percent of all first-time graduate students were women.
  • The number of international students in American graduate programs went up by 8 percent from the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2012, up slightly from the 7.8-percent increase in the previous year. By contrast, first-time graduate enrollment increased by only 0.6 percent for U.S. citizens and permanent residents over the same period.

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