INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND U.S. HIGHER EDUCATION ENROLLMENT, 1948/49 - 2015/16

Year
Enrolled
Int'l Students
Optional Practical
Training (OPT)
Total Int'l
Students
Annual
% Change
Total U.S.
Enrollment*
%
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
1974/75** - - 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*** 283,503 2,840 286,343 8.5 11,570,000 2.5
1980/81 308,432 3,450 311,882 8.9 12,097,000 2.6
1981/82 323,419 2,880 326,299 4.6 12,372,000 2.6
1982/83 333,365 3,620 336,985 3.3 12,426,000 2.7
1983/84 335,494 3,400 338,894 0.6 12,465,000 2.7
1984/85 337,803 4,310 342,113 0.9 12,242,000 2.8
1985/86 339,627 4,150 343,777 0.5 12,247,000 2.8
1986/87 344,879 4,730 349,609 1.7 12,504,000 2.8
1987/88 351,387 4,800 356,187 1.9 12,767,000 2.8
1988/89 359,334 7,020 366,354 2.9 13,055,000 2.8
1989/90 379,139 7,712 386,851 5.6 13,539,000 2.9
1990/91 398,759 8,770 407,529 5.3 13,819,000 2.9
1991/92 411,355 8,230 419,585 3.0 14,359,000 2.9
1992/93 427,608 11,010 438,618 4.5 14,487,000 3.0
1993/94 438,319 11,430 449,749 2.5 14,305,000 3.1
1994/95 439,427 13,208 452,635 0.6 14,279,000 3.2
1995/96 438,337 15,450 453,787 0.3 14,262,000 3.2
1996/97 439,859 18,125 457,984 0.9 14,368,000 3.2
1997/98 464,698 16,582 481,280 5.1 14,502,000 3.3
1998/99 474,091 16,842 490,933 2.0 14,507,000 3.4
1999/00 489,866 24,857 514,723 4.8 14,791,000 3.5
2000/01 526,809 21,058 547,867 6.4 15,312,000 3.6
2001/02 560,251 22,745 582,996 6.4 15,928,000 3.7
2002/03 558,530 27,793 586,323 0.6 16,612,000 3.5
2003/04 543,169 29,340 572,509 -2.4 16,911,000 3.4
2004/05 532,040 32,999 565,039 -1.3 17,272,000 3.3
2005/06 526,670 38,096 564,766 -0.05 17,487,000 3.2
2006/07 541,324 41,660 582,984 3.2 17,759,000 3.3
2007/08 567,039 56,766 623,805 7.0 18,248,000 3.4
2008/09 605,015 66,601 671,616 7.7 19,103,000 3.5
2009/10 623,119 67,804 690,923 2.9 20,428,000 3.4
2010/11 647,246 76,031 723,277 4.7 20,550,000 3.5
2011/12 679,338 85,157 764,495 5.7 20,625,000 3.7
2012/13 724,725 94,919 819,644 7.2 21,253,000 3.9
2013/14 780,055 105,997 886,052 8.1 21,216,000 4.2
2014/15 854,639 120,287 974,926 10.0 20,300,000 4.8
2015/16 896,341 147,498 1,043,839 7.1 20,264,000 5.2

*Data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
**The data collection process was changed in 1974/75. Refugees were counted from 1975/76 to 1990/91.
***OPT was first reported separately for the 1979/80 academic year.

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Suggested citation: Institute of International Education. (2016). "International Student Enrollment Trends, 1948/49-2015/16." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors