For Students

    CGS provides resources on a range of topics for current and prospective graduate students.

    Publications Access

    As a benefit of institutional membership, online access to CGS publications is provided to students at member institutions.
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    To create a new user account for publications access, complete this form. If you already have a user account for, log in with your username (i.e., your institutional email address) and password for access to the CGS Member Library.


    By creating a user account, you agree to the Terms of Use for Electronic Publications.


    Hard copies of CGS publications are also available for purchase. Read more about the CGS Member Library.


    Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants


    In 2014, the Council of Graduate Schools reaffirmed its support of what is known as the “April 15th Resolution,” which concerns the obligations of graduate institutions and prospective graduate students regarding offers and acceptances of financial support. View the Resolution. Resolution renewed October 2014.



    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 advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. Based in Washington, DC, the organization provides its members with regular updates and analyses of legislative and regulatory proposals and policies that affect graduate education.
    View Public Policy work


    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.