“1 out of 3 international students studies in California, New York, or Texas.” – according to the Open Doors (2014-15) report of Institute of International Education (IIE).
IIE data illustrate that during the 2014-2015 academic year there were 974,926 international students in U.S. colleges and universities. California had gained the most favor of 135,130 international students; an 11.1% increase from the previous year. Second place was New York with 106,758 foreign students (up 7.9%), and Texas came in 3rd with 75,588 students (up 17.6%). These three states alone comprise 32.5% of the total international college students.
Twenty of most popular states combined hosted 81% of the foreign students in the U.S. The top 5 schools favored by international students in every state are also listed. 75% of these schools are public-supported and 25% are private. International students also prefer bigger cities over small towns.