Education

Record Number of International Students Attend US Colleges

They don't qualify for as much government assistance, yet their numbers are increasing. Hmmmm.

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The number of international college students in America is up by 6 percent, due largely to a surge from China, whose residents now account for 1 of every 4 foreign students on U.S. campuses.

The increase of 23 percent involving a country already the biggest exporter of students to this nation is among the findings of a report released today by the Institute of International Education.

The study found that international enrollment in 2011-12 reached a record 764,495 students, a total that is 41,218 greater than the previous year and the sixth consecutive annual gain. In all, 31 percent more international students attend colleges and universities in the U.S. than a decade ago.