The Growth of International Students at US Universities

The Economist published an article this month that tracked the growth of international students studying in the U.S. and in Europe.  Here is the breakdown they provided of the percentages at some of the top U.S. colleges (in 2008):

Harvard – 23.3%

Stanford – 24.9%

University of California – Berkeley  – 9.9%

MIT  – 29.4%

Caltech – 12%

Columbia – 26.3%

Princeton – 18.7%

University of Chicago – 18.6%

What does this mean for applicants?  If you are an international student, top U.S. universities are certainly interested in your attendance and are increasingly reaching out internationally through satellite campuses, exchange programs, etc. to attract top students.  If you are a U.S. applicant, it means you have a lot more competition.    

The Economist article.

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3 Responses to The Growth of International Students at US Universities

  1. RedDog says:

    Well, if you don’t think you are competing against us international students, think again.

  2. fr45 says:

    Sure, international students are coming to the US in good numbers, but the numbers are starting to level off a bit. International students are seeing better quality programs in their home countries, and paperwork and hassles make it less attractive to come to the US.

  3. College Bound! says:

    It is interesting if you read the article it says that schools in the UK, at least (and maybe in the US too), seek out international students because they can charge students a higher tuition. Maybe someone can help me out here, but I imagine inernational students are charged the “out of state” tuition rate at public schools and might be less likely to receive financial aid. It is a little concerning if pure revenue generation plays a role in admissions decisions.

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