U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released the latest “SEVIS By the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The report notes that nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status are studying in the U.S.
Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 6.2% compared to March 2015. In March, there were 8,687 U.S. schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, a 3% decrease from the previous year.
40% of international students studying in the United States, equaling almost 479,000 individuals, were enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) coursework. Approximately 417,000 international students from Asia pursued STEM studies, an increase of 17% since March 2015.
The report includes a section on M vocational students in the United States. In March, more than 75% of the M-1 student population was male. Canada was the only country of the top ten countries of origin where most M-1 students, at 51%, were female. Male students from China comprised 23% of the total M-1 student population. 64% of M-1 students majored in transportation and materials moving, with a focus on air, ground, or marine transportation.
Among U.S. schools, NYU, USC, Northeastern, Columbia, and the University of Illinois ranked one through five for schools with the highest international student populations. More than 10,000 international students were enrolled at each school in March.
The report also notes that 77% of all international students were from Asia. The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students were China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, and Mexico.