Growth Rate Lags Again in Graduate Schools’ International Admissions [The Chronicle of Higher Ed]

By Eugene McCormack, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The number of foreign students admitted to graduate schools at American colleges and universities grew in 2008 for the fourth straight year, but the rate of increase over the previous year declined for the third consecutive year, according to survey results released by the Council of Graduate Schools.

Based on previous years’ data, this year’s 4-percent increase will mean only a small gain in first-time enrollments of foreign students for the fall, said Kenneth E. Redd, the council’s director of research and policy analysis.

Admissions offers to students from China, India, and South Korea, the three nations that together account for nearly half of all foreign graduate students in the United States, all reflected the slowing trend in 2008.

For students from China, the rate of growth in such offers slowed from 24 percent to 16 percent, and for those from India, it fell from 17 percent to 2 percent. Offers to students from South Korea, which had declined last year by 2 percent, lagged even further this year, posting a 3-percent drop. [Click here to read the rest of the story. Subscription only.]