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 30 June 2011, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) contained records for 1,142,830 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 8.8 million.
Some highlights from the June 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).
- China continues to have the highest number of active students (150,899) with South Korea placing a distant second (101,652)
- Business continues to be the leading major for international students (160,196)
- 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
- 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: Cornell University (3,918 active students), Houston Community College System (3,334), Santa Monica College (3,144) and Northern Virginia Community College (2,084).
- The top five F-1 approved schools are CUNY (10,079), USC (7,619), Purdue University (7,051) University of Illinois (6,796) and Columbia University (2,084).