International Graduate Admissions Survey

    Since 2004, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has conducted a multi-year empirical examination of international graduate application, admission, and enrollment trends.


    This analysis responds to member institutions’ concerns about continuing changes in the enrollment of students from abroad seeking master’s and doctoral degrees from U.S. colleges and universities.


    Access the report

    The current survey report is available to the public online:

    International Graduate Applications and Enrollment Report: Fall 2020 (Full Report)

    Press Release

    Downloadable Figures & Tables

    Additional Downloadable Tables (Member's Only)

    Webinar Recording and Slides



    Historical reports

    Reports, press releases, survey definitions, and questionnaires dating back to 2007 are available free online here.




    For more information about the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey, please contact Enyu Zhou.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.