Interesting Facts and Statistics About Studying In America

  • Over 672,000 international students were enrolled in U.S. universities and colleges in 2008/09.
  • Students from Asia make up 57% of the enrolled international students in the U.S.
  • The most popular fields of study for students from abroad are in business and engineering fields. These account for 38% of declared majors of international students. Several students also had declared majors in the physical and life sciences (9.2%), social sciences (8.5%) and mathematics and computer science (8.4%).
  • American college students also study abroad! In 2007/08, about 262,000 American students studied abroad in foreign countries. This is an 8.5% increase in participants from the previous year. Ten years ago, approximately 114,000 took part in such programs abroad. That represents a nearly 130% increase in study abroad participation over the last decade.
  • Only 6.2% of American college students studying abroad are foreign language majors. A greater number of students have majors in social sciences, business fields, humanities, the arts and physical or life sciences.
  • New international student enrollment – students enrolling for the first time at a U.S. institution in the fall of 2009 – increase 1.3% over the previous year.
  • Colleges across America are seeking to draw international students as part of the U.S. government’s plan for higher education. It was also revealed that universities are especially recruiting students from across Asia and the Middle East.
  • Some universities will be seeing an increased number of Middle Eastern students in particular. The Iraqi government is spending $55 million to send 400 students to 22 different colleges and universities for higher education abroad, including the UI.
  • American campuses are seeing higher rates of increase for both new and total international student enrollments compared to last year’s 2009-2010 academic school year. Of the responding institutions, 52% reported seeing an increase in their total international student enrollments.
  • The U.S. is the destination of choice for the vast majority of respondents worldwide, with three-quarters (75 percent) of prospective students reporting the U.S. as their top choice.
  • 76% of prospective students worldwide perceive the U.S. to have a high quality higher education system.
  • 69% of prospective students worldwide feel that the U.S. welcomes international students.
  • 76% of prospective students worldwide perceived the U.S. to have a wide range of schools and programs, as compared with 35% for the U.K. and 28% for Canada, the host destinations with the next highest percentages.
  • The U.S. was rated a host destination with many scholarship opportunities and good student support services by over half of international student respondents. This is a significantly higher proportion than those of the other host destinations.
  • 46% of prospective international students perceived the U.S. to be a safe country to study, similar to the proportion for Canada and higher than the proportions for the other countries.
  • 30% (130,725) international students of South and Central Asia of the 435,667 international students from Asia studied in America colleges and universities in the 2009-2010 academic year

  • 46% of students from Asia are primarily studying in degree programs at the graduate level, 36% at the undergraduate level and the remaining 18% studying in non-degree programs or on Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • The ‘best’ college for a student is not necessarily the most prestigious but the college that offers a student the most opportunities to develop a student’s interests.
  • There are over 4,000 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. which enroll over 15 million students and grants over two million degrees a year.
  • Individuals with Bachelor’s degrees earn an average of 60% more than people with only a high school diploma, which adds up to more than $800,000 over a lifetime.
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