International college students up for 7th year

More than 1.1 million students are either crossing borders in or out of the United States to pursue college, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education.

Record highs were reported in each direction, with 819,644 students coming to the U.S. for the 2012/13 academic year and 283,000 U.S. students studying abroad.

The number of international students coming into the United States was up 55,000, the seventh year in a row that the number has grown and the third year in a row that the rate of increase has grown. Most of the growth came from China and Saudi Arabia.

International students now make up almost 4 percent of the students at American universities. They contribute about $24 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

About Joe Grimm

Joe Grimm has been visiting editor in residence in the Michigan State University School of Journalism since 2008. He teaches courses in reporting, editing, career branding and is editor of a series of books called Bias Busters.
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