SEVIS By The Numbers: March 2011 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 March 2011, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) contained records for 1,124,271 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 8.3 million.

Vietnam enrollments increased from 17,116 students in December 2010 to 17,793.

Some highlights from the March 2011 quarterly snapshot:

  • Vietnam continues to lead the third tier of “top ten” schools (8th) with more students in the US than Mexico (9th) or Brazil (10th), which just surpassed Nepal.
  • China has the highest number of active students (158,698)
  • Business continues to be the leading major for international students (165,798)
  • 68% 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
  • 36% of all SEVP-approved schools are located within the states of California, New York, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania
  • Of the top five F-1 and M-1 approved schools three are community colleges: Santa Monica College with 3,471 active students, Houston Community College System with 3,456, and Northern Virginia Community College with 2,131. Cornell University (1) and The University of Iowa (4) round out the top five with 3,861 and 2,330 active students, respectively.
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