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USCIS Releases 2022 SEVIS By the Numbers Report on F-1, M-1 International Students

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The 2022 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) report has been released, revealing some interesting statistics about the number of international students studying in the United States.

SEVP is a program that manages the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, also known as SEVIS for short. This is a web-based system all universities, colleges, and schools use to input information about international students to the Department of Homeland Security.

SEVP is a bridge that connects organizations and individuals with information about nonimmigrant students visiting the United States for a specific purpose. These include:

  • F-1 students pursuing academic courses

  • M-1 students pursuing vocational courses

  • J-1 exchange visitors

SEVP certifies schools and programs for nonimmigrant students and ensures compliance with administrative regulations, while the Department of State manages the Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Both use SEVIS to maintain critical information that allows legal entry while protecting national security.

Each year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS) releases the SEVIS By the Numbers Report. It provides a highlight of international student statistics.

Let's take a look!

SEVIS by the Numbers Report: Overview of International Students Studying in the USA in 2022

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More international students enrolled in the United States in 2022 compared to 2021. There were 1,362,157 active F-1 and M1 students in 2022, which is 10.1% more than in 2021. This is the highest number of students since 2019.

How Many International Students Study In the United States 2022

  • 1,362,157 Total F-1 and M-1 students

  • 117,301 Total pre- and post-completion optional practical training (OPT)

International Student Numbers by Degrees

  • 71,445 F-1 students pursued an associate degree (3% increase)

  • 450,408 F-1 students pursued a bachelor's degree (1.6% increase)

  • 507,195 F-1 students pursued a master's degree (15.7% increase)

  • 197,183 F-1 students pursued a doctoral degree (3.2% increase)

20 Most Popular Majors of International Students in the USA

  1. 91,083 Computer science

  2. 89,266 Second language learning

  3. 81,797 Business administration and management, general

  4. 63,955 Computer and information sciences, general

  5. 37,809 Electrical and electronics engineering

  6. 30,561 Mechanical engineering

  7. 29,182 Management science

  8. 25,824 General studies

  9. 25,573 Econometrics and quantitative economics

  10. 24,421 Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies

  11. 23,489 Management sciences and quantitative methods, other

  12. 23,184 Information Technology

  13. 21,963 Regular/general high school/secondary diploma program

  14. 18,635 Information science/studies

  15. 18,605 Biology/biological sciences, general

  16. 17,793 Civil engineering, general

  17. 17,275 High school/secondary diploma programs, other

  18. 16,370 Computer engineering, general

  19. 16,059 Mathematics, general

  20. 15,231 Chemistry, general

More than 50% of international students study one or more of the top 20 majors.

Countries and Regions of Origin of International Students

International Students by Regions

  • 959,049 Asia

    • 46% of SEVIS records came from China or India

    • China experienced a decline compared to 2021 (-24,796)

    • India sent more students (+64,300)

    • Uzbekistan experienced the largest percentage increase (70%), sending 1,736 students.

  • 128,657 Europe

    • Germany sent the most students (16,097), a 37% increase

    • Norway also experienced a 37% increase, sending a total of 3,474

    • Switzerland sent 3,737 students, a 33.6% increase

  • 128,168 Central and South America

    • Brazil had an increase of 4,352 students

    • Colombia had an increase of 5,907 students (20,744 total)

    • Argentina had an increase of 1,239 (4,996 total)

    • Venezuela had the largest decrease (-1,447)

  • 77,246 Africa

    • Nigeria sent the most students to the USA (22,935)

    • Kenya sent the most students from East Africa (5,792)

    • Libya experienced the steepest decline

  • 41,878 North America

    • Canada sent 3,939 more students (10.5% increase) for a total of 41,392

    • Bermuda experienced a decline of -5.1% for a total of 484

  • 8,377 Australia and Pacific Islands

    • 96% of records come from Australia and New Zealand

    • Fiji experienced the largest percentage increase (16%), sending 72 students.

10 Top Home Countries of International Students

  1. 324,196 China

  2. 297,151 India

  3. 62,151 Republic of Korea (South Korea)

  4. 41,392 Canada

  5. 37,904 Brazil

  6. 29,742 Vietnam

  7. 26,519 Japan

  8. 26,225 Taiwan

  9. 24,485 Saudi Arabia

  10. 22,935 Nigeria

Where International Students Studied in the USA

Top 20 Universities Where F-1 International Students Studied in 2022

The top 20 universities hosted 20% of F-1 international students in 2022. These students must be pursuing an academic-based degree.

  1. New York University

  2. Northeastern University

  3. Columbia University in the City of New York

  4. University of Southern California

  5. Arizona State University

  6. University of Illinois

  7. Boston University

  8. Purdue University

  9. University of California at Berkeley

  10. University of California San Diego

  11. University of Michigan

  12. University of Washington

  13. The Pennsylvania State University

  14. University of California, Los Angeles

  15. University of Pennsylvania

  16. The University of Texas at Dallas

  17. Carnegie Mellon University

  18. University of Wisconsin-Madison

  19. Cornell University

  20. University of California, Irvine

Top 20 Schools to Enroll M-1 Students

International students on M-1 visas study a particular vocational skill in the USA, and do not have a core academic curriculum. They are allowed to say in the U.S. for only one year, unless they apply for an extension.

Once admitted to a program and granted an M-1 visa, a student can't change their major. However, they can transfer to another school after six months after arriving in the country.

  1. CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix Inc

  2. Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry

  3. Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry-Civic Center

  4. Treasure Coast Flight Training

  5. Airborne Systems, Inc.

  6. Aircraft Development Flight Airways Corp d/b/a(5) ADF Airways

  7. Delta Aeronautics, Inc. d/b/a Delta-Qualiflight Aviation

  8. Ari Ben Aviator, Inc. dba Aviator College

  9. Pilot Training Program

  10. American Flight Training, LLC

  11. Skymates, Inc.

  12. Paris Air, Inc.

  13. Airbus Americas Customer Services Inc.

  14. Broadway Dance Center

  15. University of North Dakota

  16. U.S. Aviation Group LLC d/b/a U.S. Aviation Academy

  17. International Aero Academy, Ltd

  18. CAE Simuflite Inc.

  19. Skyborne Airline Academy Inc.

  20. Epic Aviation, Inc.

Top 20 Schools to Enroll Both F-1 and M-1 International Students

As you'll see below, many of these schools are community colleges. In our previous article, you can read more about the differences between universities, colleges, technical schools, and community colleges.

  1. Cornell University

  2. Houston Community College System

  3. Santa Monica College

  4. UCLA-Extension

  5. Minnesota State University, Mankato

  6. Florida Institute of Technology

  7. Dallas College

  8. The University of Iowa

  9. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  10. Lamar University

  11. Miami Dade College

  12. Seattle Colleges

  13. Arkansas State University

  14. Green River College

  15. Long Island University

  16. Bellevue College

  17. Florida National University

  18. University of North Dakota

  19. Lone Star College System District

  20. Northern Virginia Community College

Top 10 States with the Most SEVP-Certified Schools

  1. California

  2. New York

  3. Florida

  4. Texas

  5. Pennsylvania

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Illinois

  8. Georgia

  9. Virginia

  10. North Carolina

International Students by States and Regions in 2022

  • California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and Florida hosted 48.5% of all international students in the country.

  • The Northeast (9 states) saw the largest percentage increase (11%)

    • New Hampshire had the largest percentage increase (22.9%)

  • The South (including D.C.) hosted 383,096 international students.

    • Texas had the largest percent increase (16.5%)

    • West Virginia was the only state to decrease (-136 student records)

  • The Midwest experienced an 11.5% increase

    • Illinois hosted the most students and had the largest increase

    • Ohio had the second largest increase

    • Iowa and Nebraska both had declines in students

  • The West had the smallest increase (8%)

    • California hosts the students (225,173)

    • Hawaii had the largest percentage increase (29.6%)

    • Nevada was the only state to decline (-1.1%)

  • Non-continental U.S. Territories hosted 1,422 international students

    • Puerto Rico hosted 58.6% of these students

    • Guam experienced a 7.6% increase of students

    • Northern Mariana Islands experienced a decrease of only 3 students

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