Enrollment of international students in US universities and colleges up by 67 percent since 2001/02

The data shows that between 2001/02 and 2014/15, the number of international students in the U.S. universities and colleges increased by 67% to reach nearly 975,000 students. This shows the post-9/11 resilience of the U.S. higher education institutions among international students.

Here are some of the highlights of the growth:

  • Five places of origin–China, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Vietnam–experienced a growth of over 100 percent.
  • Only two places of origin–Taiwan and Japan–experienced a decline in enrollment.
  • Top 10 places of origin for 2014/15 added 376,382 more international students as compared to 2001/02.


how foreign student number in universities have changed since 9/11

The growth in international student enrollment was led by highly-ranked institutions which were already attracting a large number of international students. Here are the highlights:

  • Three universities–Arizona State University, Northeastern University and the University of California, Los Angeles–expanded international enrollment by over 200 percent.
  • The University of Southern California was the leading institution in 2001/02 and second in 2014/15, but it grew the slowest among the top-10 institutions (107%).
  • Arizona State University added the highest number of international students in terms of absolute growth (7,982).
data on leading institutions in the US and how number of international students have increased

This blog is based on the article “International Student Enrollment Shows Resilience Of U.S. Universities And Colleges” published in Forbes with Di Hu.