Facts about US Higher Education

By Rajkamal Rao 
Did you know that more international students attended United States colleges and universities in the 2011-12 school year than ever before?

The US is the global hub of higher education and beats out every other nation in attracting international students.

Did you know that the 2011-12 school year marked the sixth consecutive year in which international student enrollment has increased?  According to the annual “Open Doors” report from the Institute of International Education (Nov 2012), total international student enrollment in the U.S. increased by 6 percent in 2011-12 to a record high of 764,495.   Yes, the numbers are staggering. 

Here is the list of the leading institutions and their totals of international students for the 2011-12 calendar year: 

University of Southern California: 9,269
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 8,997
New York University: 8,660
Purdue University: 8,563
Columbia University: 8,024
University of California — Los Angeles: 6,703
Northeastern University: 6,486
University of Michigan — Ann Arbor: 6,382
Michigan State University: 6,209
Ohio State University: 6,142 

Also, the Wall Street Journal shows how the rise of the stature of China and India in the global economy has contributed to this growth. Nearly 83% of this growth can be attributed to these two countries [60% from China; 23% from India].

This domination of China and India is especially stark in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  

The New York Times, lists the Top 5 schools into which Indians are admitted showing that the allure of going to the US has not abated. 

What is not commonly known, however, is that Higher Education is big business in the United States.  Higher education financing has undergone a profound shift in recent years, with many public institutions - that used to get most of their financing from state governments - now relying on student tuition for more than half their budgets. 

And who contributes nearly full tuition to these schools?  Foreign students.  According to the Institute of International Education, foreign students in the United States contribute about $21 billion a year to the national economy. Foreign students are therefore highly sought after by US schools.  In effect, this is now a buyer’s (i.e. student’s) market.

There is no question that pursuing higher education opportunities in the US can truly change your life.  We are glad you are here.  We can help change the way you get into the US and dramatically improve your Return on Investment.  Not just during your years in a US school but afterwards as well.

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  1. http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data
  2. USA Today
  3. Wall Street Journal
  4. New York Times - http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/international-admits-2012/

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