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International Student Data from IIE

According to the Institute of International Education, there was a record-high of 1,094,792 international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2017-18 academic year. That number also includes those who were on Optional Practical Training.  However, the number of new students to the U.S. had decreased by 6.6%. This follows the previous year’s decline of 3.3%.

International Students’ Favorite States 

Where are most international students studying in 2017-18?   The answer is listed below.  Altogether, the top 29 states and Washington, D.C. hosted over 92% of international students studying at higher educational institutions.  The table also lists the top 5 places where international students originate and which states they favored.  Slightly more than 1/3 of international students are in three states – California, New York, and Texas.

Table Columns from left to right:
(1) Rank
(2) State (or Washington, D.C.)
(3) Total number of international students
(4) Percentage of growth in international student numbers from the previous year
(5) Top 5 places where international student originate


 


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