The U.S. boasts 4,500+ colleges and universities (27% of total number of higher education institutions worldwide), with 21.216 million students. Of the highest-ranked institutions worldwide, 15+ of the top 25 are in the U.S. Studying in the U.S. guarantees intentional students:
- QUALITY: institutions in the U.S. are known for the quality of their programs, resources and faculty
- FLEXIBILITY: endless choices for courses, plus the option to transfer institutions
- DIVERSE OPPORTUNITIES: the U.S. has many kinds of institutions, study environments and degrees
- VALUE: competitive rates mean great value, plus the benefits of building networks, making contacts, and becoming a global citizen
Studying in the U.S. presents students freedom of choice: single majors, double majors, majors and minors, and cross-disciplinary studies and research. The most popular fields of study for international students include Business and Management, Engineering, Math and Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Physical and Life Sciences. The U.S. educational ethos of INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, and CREATIVITY creates an unparalleled favorable environment for success:
- ~40% of the total Nobel Prizes awarded belong to Americans
- 7 of the top 12 technology companies are in the U.S. (Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon)
- 26% of Fortune 500 companies are in the U.S.
- Top businesses are founded in U.S. colleges (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Dell, FedEx, Reddit, Wordpress, Dropbox, TIME magazine)
International student enrollment in the U.S. rose 8.1% last year, increasing steadily and significantly for the past five years – currently at a record high of 886,052 international students. The top 25 places of origin of international students in the U.S. include China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Iran, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Nepal, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Kuwait, Colombia, Venezuela, Malaysia, and Spain. The top U.S. states hosting international students are California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
Sources include: IIE Open Doors Report, 2014.