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. On 30 September 2011, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) contained records for 1,219,448 active nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents. The total number of records for all F-1, M-1, and J-1 visa holders has increased to approximately 9 million.
Vietnam enrollments jumped from 16,124 in June 2011 to 18,548, a hefty 15% increase, much of which can be attributed to the new academic year.
Below are some highlights from the latest 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 (201,494, a 33% increase in three months) with South Korea distant second (110,643).
- Business continues to be the leading major for international students (180,337) 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 in California, New York, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania.
- Of SEVIS-approved schools with active students, the visa distribution is as follows: 83%/F, 11% F/M and 6%/M. Of the top five F-1 and M-1 approved schools three are community colleges: Cornell University (4,712 active students), Santa Monica College (3,546), Houston Community College System (3,474), and Northern Virginia Community College (2,310).
- The top five F-1 approved schools are CUNY (10,571), USC (9,072), Purdue University (8,799) University of Illinois (8,799) and Columbia University (7,808). Most experienced sizable increases.
- Adding a new category (for this blog) the top five schools with active students on a M-1 visa are: Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (501), TransPac Aviation Academy (359), Florida Institute of Technology (293), U.S. Flight Academy (224) and ORLANDO FLIGHT TRAINING (198). At least one of these institutions warrants its very own blog post.