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USC enrolls most foreign students in nation

November 14, 2011 | 12:11 pm

USC enrolled the most foreign students of any college or university in the United States
For the 10th year in a row, USC held on to a championship that has nothing to do with sports: The Los Angeles campus once again enrolled the most foreign students of any college or university in the United States, according to a new study.

UCLA had the sixth-highest international enrollment, up from seventh place the year before.

Across the country, the ranks of international students enrolled in American higher education  increased 5% last year, to 723,277, according to the annual report by the Institute of International Education, a New York nonprofit group, in partnership with the U.S. State Department.

China, for the second consecutive year, sent the largest group to the U.S., about 158,000, a 22% increase. Indian students were the next-biggest contingent, followed by those from South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico and Turkey, the report found.

USC enrolled 8,615 foreign students last year, up from 7,987 the previous year, said the study, "Open Doors," which was released Monday.

UCLA enrolled 6,249 foreign students, compared with 5,685 the prior year.


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Photo: The USC campus in 2007. Credit: David McNew / Getty Images