SEVIS General Summary Quarterly Review: December 2011


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 31 December 2011, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) contained records for 1,158,059 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 9.2 million.  There are 39,109 international students enrolled in secondary school, including a growing number from Vietnam. 

Vietnam enrollments decreased slightly from 18,548 in September 2011 to 18,044.  

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 (196,857) with South Korea distant second (104,908).
  • Business continues to be the leading major for international students (173,778). 70% 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.  (Note:  “An approved school may offer several levels of education from pre-school, elementary, high school, to post-secondary education level.”)
  • 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 (4,238 active students), Santa Monica College (3,243), Houston Community College System (3,214), the University of Iowa (2,681) and Northern Virginia Community College (1,946).
  • The top five F-1 approved schools are CUNY (9,926), Purdue University (8,534), USC (8,458), University of Illinois (7,822) and Columbia University (7,212).
  • The top five schools with active students on a M-1 visa are: Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (539), TransPac Aviation Academy (368), Florida Institute of Technology (284), U.S. Flight Academy (239) and Dean International Flight School (222). 

Interestingly, the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, whose slogan is Your kingdom come… on earth as in heaven, and which doesn’t appear to be accredited (dear reader:  please correct me if I’m wrong; only God is perfect), “is committed to the truth that God loves people, gave Himself for them and has given His Church supernatural power to bring individuals and nations into wholeness. God is in a good mood! Inaugurated in 1998 with 36 students, the school emphasizes that believers need to return to the ministry of signs and wonders—to minister in love, truth and the power of God. The mission of BSSM is to equip and deploy followers of Jesus Christ who passionately pursue transformation in their God-given spheres of influence. In the 2008/2009 school year, more than 900 students were trained to continue in the ministry style of Jesus: to enjoy the presence of God, say what He is saying, and do what He is doing,” according to its website.

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