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International Student Population in U.S. has Increased by 2.9% this Year

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The “SEVIS by Numbers” report released last Thursday highlights new data about the international students currently enrolled in U.S schools.

There are currently 1.23 million international students with F (academic) or M status studying at 8,697 schools across the United States, increasing the international student population by 2.9 percent since November 2015. Of the 1.23 million international students studying in the U.S., 76 percent are pursuing bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees and 42 percent are pursuing STEM studies. The three states with the highest overall and STEM enrollment are California, New York and Texas, with international students coming mostly from India, China and South Korea. Over the last five years, the number of overall international students increased 49 percent in California, 34.5 percent in Texas and 30.3 percent in New York. The universities with the highest international student population are New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Columbia University, and Arizona State University.

This “SEVIS by Numbers” report is prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and data is collected from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is used by both the State Department and SEVP to protect national security by ensuring that students, visitors and schools comply with U.S. laws and share data with USCIS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. SEVP monitors F and M visa holders and their dependents while the State Department monitors J visa holders, their dependents and overseas exchange visitor programs.

The full SEVIS report can be found here.

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