by See Xiong
In 2018, the Migration Policy Institute reports the United States remains the #1 destination for international students, hosting 1.1 million of the 4.6 million students enrolled outside of their home country worldwide in 2017. In 2017, the US hosted approximately 24% of the worldwide international students, way ahead of the 2nd top destination United Kingdom at 11%, and the 3rd top destination China at 10%.
The latest data reported from U.S. News in 2018shows the percentage of international students throughout US higher education institutions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Below the five MSIs with the highest percentage of international students per their total student body.
1. Woobury University 24% (HSI)
Founded in 1884 in California, Woodbury University is a small private, non-profit institution with locations in Burbank, San Diego, and Hollywood with enrollment of 1,135 undergraduate students and 183 graduate students. International students come from over 40 countries and students are supported through English language coaches, academic peer mentors, student affairs academic advisors, faculty academic advisors, workshops, course resource about intercultural diversity, cultural experiences in southern California, and students can find support through the Woodbury International Student Organization (WISO).
2. University of San Francisco 18% (AANAPISI)
UCF is a Jesuit Catholic private university established in 1855 in California’s Bay Area. The University reports an enrollment of 6,745 undergraduate and 4,273 graduate students in 2016. In fall 2017, UCF served 1,134 international students from 99 countries. UCF provides support to international students with document processing and advising; assistance with living abroad; orientation with student life; and training for job success. Students can also participate in the International Student Association (ISA), which represent the USF international study body.
3. University of California, Irvine 16% (HSI & AANAPISI)
UCI is a public research university established in 1965 as one of the ten University of California campuses and designated as HSI and AANAPISI. In fall 2017 there were a total of 29,307 undergraduate and 6,651 graduate (including Health Sciences) students enrolled students. The international population at UCI includes 6,792 students and 1,281 scholars. The UCI International Center provides a variety of support to international students and scholars, from documents processing and workshop to English conversation program and cultural events.
4. New York Institute of Technology 15% (AANAPISI)
NYIT was founded in 1955 as a private university in Old Westbury, New York (Long Island). NYIT is one university with six locations: Manhattan, NY; Long Island, NY; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Amirates; Nanjing, China; Vancouver, Canada; and the NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is currently located on Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The campuses in Manhattan and Long Island provide support to international students with adjustment to college, immigration documents and questions, English language instruction, and career services. Students can seek out services through the Office for International Education and join the International Student Association.
5. University of the District of Columbia 14% (HBCU)
UDC is designated as a Historically Black College & University. UDC’s history dated back to Miner Normal School in 1851 founded by Myrtilla Miner and later into a four-year teacher’s college named Miner Teachers’ College. In 1955, it merged with Wilson Teacher’s College to form the District of Columbia Teacher’s College. In 1976, District of Columbia Teacher’s College merged with Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute to form what is known the University of the District of Columbia. UDC host students from over 80 countries and students can receive support from the Office of International Student Services. Supports include registration, work authorizations, traveling, reinstatements, change of status, transfers, extension of program and more.