Domestic Graduate Enrollment Increases, International Students Decline

By Lois Elfman

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

“Domestic demand for U.S. graduate schools has not diminished due to the pandemic.

According to a Council of Graduate Schools report released last week, also sponsored by the Graduate Record Examinations Board, graduate applications increased 7.3% from fall 2019 to fall 2020 and first-time graduate enrollment increased by 1.8%. While international graduate first-time enrollment declined 37.4%, domestic enrollment grew 12.9%, partly driven by students in traditionally underrepresented populations. First-time, part-time graduate enrollment increased 13.5%.