SEVIS By The Numbers: December 2010 Quarterly Snapshot

This quarterly report (PDF) is a statistical breakdown of the system’s performance and trends in foreign student representation in U.S. academic and exchange programs. 

As of 31 December 2010, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) contained records for 1,091,805 active nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents.  The total number of records for all F-1, M-1, and J-1 visa holders is now 8.1 million.

Vietnam enrollments remain strong with 17,116 students, down slightly from the September 2010 report (17,563) at the beginning of the academic year.  A reminder:  In contrast to the annual Open Doors report on international student mobility, which is released every November, the SEVIS numbers are up-to-date and include international students at all levels of the education system.  The Open Doors stats reflect data snapshots from the previous fall semester and are for those enrolled in regionally accredited institutions of higher education. 

Some highlights from the December 2010 quarterly snapshot:

  • Vietnamcontinues to lead the third tier of “top ten” schools (8th) with more students in the US than Mexico (9th) or  Nepal (10th)
  • China has the highest number of active students (153,312)
  • Business continues to be the leading major for international students  (163,351)
  • 69% of active students are enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs
  • California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida and Pennsylvania host 55% of all active students
  • Of the top five F-1 and M-1 approved schools three are community colleges:  Houston Community College System with 3,341 active students, Santa Monica College with 3,138, and Northern Virginia Community College with 1,912.

Interestingly and totally unrelated to Vietnam but closely related to how the US State Department approves schools to issue I-20s, which enable students to apply for a student visa, the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry ranks #1 in the Top Five M-1Approved Schools.  The others are two aviation/flight academies, one airline training center and the Florida Institute of Technology – not in that order.

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