New York University Leads in Hosting International Students in US

United States North America International Studies Higher Education News Statistics by Erudera News Nov 21, 2023

New York University (NYU)

New York University hosted the largest number of international students in the United States, with a total enrollment of 24,496 in the 2022/23 academic year, according to the latest Open Doors Report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Data reveal that international student numbers in the US in 2022/23 surpassed pre-pandemic levels, increasing by 12 percent compared to the previous academic year, Erudera.com reports.

The total number of international students in the US during the 2022/23 academic year reached 1,057,188, up from 948,519 in 2021/22. This annual surge, the fastest in nearly four decades, demonstrates the continued global appeal of US universities despite the challenges that were posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Over one million international students studying in the US reflects a strong rebound, with the number approaching pre-pandemic levels. This reinforces that the US remains the destination of choice for international students wishing to study abroad, as it has been for more than a century,” IIE CEO Allan E. Goodman said in a statement.

Among the institutions with the most international students is New York University, which is followed closely by Northeastern University in Boston (20,637) and Columbia University (19,001).

Other universities in the top 15 list of institutions with the most international students include:

  • Arizona State University - Campus Immersion - 17,981 students
  • University of Southern California - 17,264 students
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign - 14,680 students
  • Boston University - 13,281 students
  • Purdue University - West Lafayette - 11,872 students
  • University of California - Berkeley - 11,719 students
  • University of California - San Diego - 10,431 students
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - 10,411 students
  • University of Washington - 10,198 students
  • University of California - Los Angeles - 9,725 students
  • University of Texas - Dallas - 9,582 students
  • Johns Hopkins University - 9,322 students

The report shows that China and India are once again the primary sources of international students, accounting for half of all international students at US universities. China continues to have the largest number of students in the US (289,526), however, it experienced a slight decrease of 0.2 percent. Chinese student enrollment decreased for a third consecutive year.

India, on the other hand, witnessed a 35 percent increase in its student population from 2021/22, sending a total of 268,923 students.

In addition to the top 15 universities, several other institutions across the country welcomed thousands of international students, including Pennsylvania State University - University Park, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California - Irvine, Cornell University and more.

International students currently account for six percent of the overall student body in US colleges and universities, an increase from last year’s 4.7 percent. According to the US Department of Commerce, their contribution to the US economy in 2022/23 was nearly US$38 million.

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