How Many International Students are in the U.S.?

There were approximately 1,158,900 international students studying in the U.S. in 2015.

The number has been growing every year since 2010.

 The Rise of International Students

The Rise of International Students

What country sends the most international students to the U.S.?

China by far sends the most students to the U.S. In 2015 there were 379,800 Chinese students studying in America.

India is second, with 194,190 students in the U.S. in 2015.

Below is a chart that shows the top 20 countries sending students to the U.S.

 Top 20 countries sending students to the U.S.

Top 20 countries sending students to the U.S.

 

What states are the most popular?

The most popular U.S. states for international students are California, New York, and Texas. 

The main reason for this is because of the high amount of colleges and universities located in those areas.

See below where international students are primarily concentrated.

 Where International Students are Studying in the U.S.

Where International Students are Studying in the U.S.

 Top 15 States for International Students

Top 15 States for International Students

What schools have the most international students?

The schools with the most international students are New York University, University of Southern California, and Columbia University in the City of New York.

See the table below for the top ten schools with the most international students.

 Top 10 Most Popular Colleges for International Students

Top 10 Most Popular Colleges for International Students

What are the best quality colleges and universities for international students?

Just because a college is popular doesn't necessarily mean it is best. To find the schools with the best quality outcomes that also have large and thriving groups of international students on campus see our new Rankings for International Students.

Will the number of international students in the U.S. continue to grow?

Trump's recent travel ban has been overturned, but the repercussions could still have a negative effect on the flow of international students into the U.S. Many colleges actively court international students as a way to boost the diversity on campus, as well as a way to subsidize in-state tuition discounts for local students. For those colleges, a dip in international student applications could be disastrous.

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