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ERIC Number: EJ838844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-17
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Doctoral Universities Pull Ahead in Competition for Foreign Graduate Students
Schmidt, Peter
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n32 pA29 Apr 2009
Foreign students applying to graduate schools in the United States are increasingly favoring the doctoral institutions that were already popular among them, while losing some interest in other types of colleges, according to a survey released last week by the Council of Graduate Schools. Over all, foreign applications for graduate programs are up by 5% at doctoral universities and by 6% among the 100 institutions with the largest enrollments of international graduate students. However, they are down by 17% at master's-level institutions and by 4% at all institutions that fall outside the top 100, the annual survey found. The total number of foreign students applying to U.S. graduate programs is up by 4% over last year, an increase that the council characterized as welcome considering the world's economic troubles, but also as cause for concern because it marks the third straight year in which the growth of applications has slowed. Karen P. DePauw, vice president and dean of graduate education at Virginia Tech, and chairwoman of the council's Board of Directors, says doctoral universities gain a clear edge in competing for foreign graduate students in hard economic times because of their greater resources to offer research and teaching-assistant positions and other forms of financial aid.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States