Recently I was asked by someone, ” How can I apply to US Schools with less number of international students ? ” The rationale behind having less number of international students is very simple, the less the number of international students on campus, the more the chances for on-campus jobs and other funding. The key idea is, it is not necessarily more jobs, but if there are more international students, there is lot of competition from other international students and less chances for getting job. This article shows how to look up data of international students in US universities.
Method 1 : Institute of International Education(IIE) Stats
The most simple way to find the number of international students in a University is to use the statistics gathered by IIE. There are a variety of Stats that IIE gathers pertaining to international students. But, the one that is helpful to us is to use the report : Institutions with 1,000 or More International Students . You have to pay close attention to the ratio of international students to the total enrollment. That tells us how much percent of the total students are international students. If you want to look up previous years like 2008 or 2007, then you have to go to Data tables on the left hand navigation and then select the appropriate year. You may not have every school listed here, but you can get an idea of the top schools with more than 1000 international students.
Method 2 : University International Students office or Enrollment Services.
This is the most reliable way to verify the number of international students enrolled in an University. Most of the schools publish this information on the International students or Enrollment services office website. For instance, you can look University of Houston : Annual Enrollment report for international Students . You should also search on Enrollment report if you cannot find. It can be tricky to find it…you just have to spend time to get the info you need. If not, you can always ask for the info to the enrollment or international students office and they can give you the percentage or number. You may say, I would like to know how diverse the campus is in terms of international students enrollment and they would be happy to help you by giving you the number of international students.
Method 3 : Wikipedia – Demographics
This is a little work around. You cannot really look up the list directly, but if you have a list of schools, you can look up by going to Wikipedia. If you look under Demographics or Student body. You will find the percentage of International Students. This may not be really accurate because it is open source, but it gives you a ball park number. For instance, Stanford student demographics. You may not have tables, but at least most good schools have some basic info on the demographics.
Method 4 : Network with Student Orgs and get the opinion
This may be a little challenging, but will give you realistic view of campus scenario. If you can get connected with any international students that are part of regional or ethnic organizations like Indian Student Association, Sri Lankan student association, Chinese student association, etc. you can ask them to tell the number and they will give you a realistic number. It is easy to contact the students, just go the student org website and try to see if there are any contacts and email them. Most of the students reply to your questions…For instance, you can find the email the contact page and email them. E.g. Contact info for UW Madison Indian Students Association
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