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International Students Are on the Rise

August 22, 2016

International students are on the rise in the U.S, up 10 percent, according to a recent study. But where exactly are they going?

The most recent findings by the Institute of International Education found that the 2014-2015 school year showed the highest rate of growth in international students at U.S. colleges and universities in thirty-five years. Increases were seen in forty-four states. The biggest growth apparently came from Latin American and Caribbean countries.

But what colleges are the most popular? Florida Institute of Technology had the highest proportion of international students enrolled. Close behind was the New School in New York, followed by the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Tulsa, Lynn University, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of California-San Diego.

But perhaps even more noteworthy is a more recent report in US News and World Report that suggests that what is also on the rise is the number of female international students pursuing STEM degrees.

The July 19, 2016 article points to information from the U.S. government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program reporting that the total number of active female international students studying STEM in the U.S. increased more than 68 percent from 2010 to 2015, with the largest increase at the master’s degree level and the majority of students from India and China.

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