By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services
The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released its 2015 Open Doors Report, presenting new data that sheds light on various trends in international education and study abroad in the U.S. Among the key findings: 974,926 international students came to the U.S. in 2015, a 10 percent rise from the total number last year, marking the largest increase in more than a decade. This number has increased each year since 2007.
According to the IIE report, international students now make up 4.8 percent of students at U.S. higher education institutions. For comparison, they made up 4.2 percent of the total in 2014, and 3.9 percent the year before that.
Aside from the total enrollment, the number of new international students in the U.S. rose by 8.8 percent from 2014, reaching 293,766.
The top 10 states that had the most international students in the U.S. in 2014 remained the same in 2015. Leading the pack was California with 135,130 international students, an 11.1 percent rise from 2014, followed by New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and India.
China, India, and South Korea also remained the top three places of origin for international students in the U.S.