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International Student Enrollment Bounces Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels in 2022

Jun 12, 2023

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The number of international students in the U.S. increased substantially from 2021 to 2022, according to a new Boundless report on international student trends.

In 2022, there were 1,362,157 active F-1 and M-1 students living in the U.S., an increase of 10% from the previous year, and a clear sign that international student enrollment is bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted international student numbers for several years, but 2022 brought the largest number of enrollments since 2019.

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Other notable trends include where international students originate from and the areas of the U.S. they choose to settle in for their studies. International students took part in a variety of degrees and programs across the country, with all four regions in the U.S. experiencing an increase in international student enrollment from 2021 to 2022. Overall, California was home to more international students than any other state.

In 2022, international students enrolled in U.S. schools hailed from 227 different countries. Asia was the most popular continent of origin, accounting for more than 70% of the total international student population in the U.S. By country, most students came from China and India.

To learn more about how international student trends have changed over time, check out Boundless’ data report.

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