The University of Southern California was founded in 1880, on the land and money donations of Ozro Childs, John Gately Downey, and Isaias W. Hellman. While original it was sectarian, it severed formal church ties in 1952. It is the oldest private research university in California. USC has 21 schools and colleges, with nearly 40K students enrolled in the 2012-13 academic year. It offers nearly 250 majors and minors, including professional programs. Notable schools include the School of Cinematic Arts is the oldest and largest film school in the United States, offering degrees in six programs. Produce/ director George Lucas (Star Wars) donated $175M in 2006 for expansion of the film school. Notable milestones include that USC has the highest number of Olympic medals (287 = 135 gold, 87 silver, 65 bronze) of any university worldwide, as of 2012; that USC physicians serve over a million patients yearly; and that it has affiliations with 5 Nobel Prize winners.
For institutions of higher learning in the United States two records were set in the academic year 2012-13. First, more international students came to study in the United States than ever before. Over 819K (819,644) international students were enrolled — an increase of about 7% (55,000) from the previous year (2011-12). This is approximately 40% more international students than for the academic year 10 years previous. [Ref: iie ]
Second, more American students went to study abroad: over 283K (283,332) – an increase of about 3%. This number has tripled over two decades, yet only 10% of American students study abroad while undergraduates.
International students only make up about 4% of total student enrollment (about 25M students) in the USA. However, they contributed $24B to the U.S. economy across all 50 states. International undergrads have outnumbered international grads for the last two academic years, thanks mostly to scholarship programs in countries sending the most students abroad. This changes the 12-year trend in which international grad students outnumbered international undergrad students.
Nearly half (49%) of all international students enrolled for 2012-13 came from China, India and South Korea — even though numbers for the latter two declined from the 2011-12 academic year, down 4% and 2%, respectively. At the same time, 16 countries had an increase in 2012-13 over the previous academic year.
With this in mind, here is a list of the top 50 colleges and universities in the USA with the most international students.
International student enrollment figures are primarily from IIE (Institute of International Education) Open Doors report data on International Education Exchange covering the 2012-13 academic year for all institutions listed here. IIE data may not exactly match individual institution Web sites or their corresponding Wikipedia entries for listed universities.
Additional information in the IIE report is from NAFSA state economic impact statement reports for 2013.
Additional information for this list is from IIE leading institutions list
Numbers and percentages relating to student enrollment are for the 2012-13 academic year unless otherwise specifically marked.
Where readily available, the following information for each university or college is given: motto, freshman application acceptance rate for Fall 2012, total student enrollment for 2012.
The term “Public Ivy” refers to a higher-learning institution that is a publicly-funded research university and is considered to give the equivalent education of an Ivy League university at a public tuition cost. Some Public Ivies are private but have some sort of public funding component. The actual Ivy League universities are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, and University of Pennsylvania — all of which have been long-established. Not on this list: Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown.
Top 10 Most Popular US Universities and Colleges for International Students
|1||University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA|
|2||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL|
|3||Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN|
|4||New York University||New York, NY|
|5||Columbia University||New York, NY|
|6||University of California - Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA|
|7||Northwestern University||Evanston, IL|
|8||University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI|
|9||Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI|
|10||Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA|
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