The Indian Student’s Count in US Universities and Colleges

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The Indian Student’s Count in US Universities and Colleges

The Indian student’s count in US universities and colleges has been raised to nearly 2 lakhs as per the latest official data derived on Friday, 29 April, 2016. According to the recent survey, the number is approximately 1, 94,000, a direct increase of 31% in one year.

According to the latest ‘Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS),  by the numbers’, a quarterly report on foreign student trends prepared by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP),” the total number of Indian F (academic) or M (vocational) students studying in the US  raised from 148,360 in March 2015 to 194,438 in March 2016, an increase of 31.1 per cent”. SEVIS is part of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

As per the report, 82% of F & M Indian students enroll in STEM field.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Maximum students of this stream are from India than any other country. And round 42% of total enrolled international students in US which may counts up to 479,000 are pursuing STEM program. And approx. 417,000 international students from Asia are pursuing STEM studies, an increase of 17 per cent since March 2015.


The New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Columbia University and the University of Illinois are the top ranked schools with the highest international student populations. Every year, in the month of March, more than 10,000 international students were enrolled at each school.  Out of which, 77% of all international students were from Asia.

India is the leader of growth (in terms of the number of students going to USA) with 31% increase, followed by Vietnam (11%) and China 7.9%)

California attracted more than 2 lakh students, followed by New York with 1.3 lakh students and Texas with 85000+ students.

Finally, Business Management/Administration is top program, followed by Engineering and Computer & Information Sciences that attract international students to USA.

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