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International Students: Enrollment Trends

1948-2013

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND U.S. HIGHER EDUCATION ENROLLMENT, 1948/49 - 2011/12
Year Int'l Students Annual % Change Total Enrollment1 % Int'l
1948/49 25,464 - 2,403,400 1.1
1949/50 26,433 3.8 2,445,000 1.1
1950/51 29,813 12.8 2,281,000 1.3
1951/52 30,462 2.2 2,102,000 1.4
1952/53 33,675 10.5 2,134,000 1.6
1953/54 33,833 0.5 2,231,000 1.5
1954/55 34,232 1.2 2,447,000 1.4
1955/56 36,494 6.6 2,653,000 1.4
1956/57 40,666 11.4 2,918,000 1.4
1957/58 43,391 6.7 3,324,000 1.3
1958/59 47,245 8.9 no data -
1959/60 48,486 2.6 3,640,000 1.3
1960/61 53,107 9.5 no data -
1961/62 58,086 9.4 4,146,000 1.4
1962/63 64,705 11.4 no data -
1963/64 74,814 15.6 4,780,000 1.6
1964/65 82,045 9.7 5,280,000 1.6
1965/66 82,709 0.8 5,921,000 1.4
1966/67 100,262 21.2 6,390,000 1.6
1967/68 110,315 10.0 6,912,000 1.6
1968/69 121,362 10.0 7,513,000 1.6
1969/70 134,959 11.2 8,005,000 1.7
1970/71 144,708 7.2 8,581,000 1.7
1971/72 140,126 -3.2 8,949,000 1.6
1972/73 146,097 4.3 9,215,000 1.6
1973/74 151,066 3.4 9,602,000 1.6
1974/752 154,580 2.3 10,224,000 1.5
1975/76 179,344 16.0 11,185,000 1.6
1976/77 203,068 13.2 11,012,000 1.8
1977/78 235,509 16.0 11,286,000 2.1
1978/79 263,938 12.1 11,260,000 2.3
1979/80 286,343 8.5 11,570,000 2.5
1980/81 311,882 8.9 12,097,000 2.6
1981/82 326,299 4.6 12,372,000 2.6
1982/83 336,985 3.3 12,426,000 2.7
1983/84 338,894 0.6 12,465,000 2.7
1984/85 342,113 0.9 12,242,000 2.8
1985/86 343,777 0.5 12,247,000 2.8
1986/87 349,609 1.7 12,504,000 2.8
1987/88 356,187 1.9 12,767,000 2.8
1988/89 366,354 2.9 13,055,000 2.8
1989/90 386,851 5.6 13,539,000 2.9
1990/91 407,529 5.3 13,819,000 2.9
1991/92 419,585 3.0 14,359,000 2.9
1992/93 438,618 4.5 14,487,000 3.0
1993/94 449,749 2.5 14,305,000 3.1
1994/95 452,635 0.6 14,279,000 3.2
1995/96 453,787 0.3 14,262,000 3.2
1996/97 457,984 0.9 14,368,000 3.2
1997/98 481,280 5.1 14,502,000 3.3
1998/99 490,933 2.0 14,507,000 3.4
1999/00 514,723 4.8 14,791,000 3.5
2000/01 547,867 6.4 15,312,000 3.6
2001/02 582,996 6.4 15,928,000 3.7
2002/03 586,323 0.6 16,612,000 3.5
2003/04 572,509 -2.4 16,911,000 3.4
2004/05 565,039 -1.3 17,272,000 3.3
2005/06 564,766 -0.05 17,487,000 3.2
2006/07 582,984 3.2 17,759,000 3.3
2007/08 623,805 7.0 18,248,000 3.4
2008/09 671,616 7.7 19,103,000 3.5
2009/10 690,923 2.9 20,428,000 3.4
2010/11 723,277 4.7 20,550,000 3.5
2011/12 764,495 5.7 20,625,000 3.7
2012/13 819,644 7.2 21,253,000 3.9
1Data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
2The data collection process was changed in 1974/75. Refugees were counted from 1975/76 to 1990/91.

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Suggested citation: Institute of International Education. (2012). "International Student Enrollment Trends, 1949/50-2012/13." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors