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More than 1.2 Million F and M Students Study in the United States

December 8, 2016

The SEVIS by the Numbers report this quarter highlights the 2.9 percent increase of F and M students in the United States. This increase means there are more than 1.2 million students enrolled at the 8,697 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools across the country.

Like previous SEVIS by the Numbers reports, this edition compares year-to-year data, from November 2015 to November 2016, which helps provide a better snapshot of international student trends in the United States.

Other highlights shown in this quarter’s report are:

  • 76 percent of all F and M students are enrolled in either a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral program.
  • 42 percent of F and M students study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • The number of active J-1 exchange visitors in the United States decreased 1.8 percent to 198,217.

The SEVIS by the Numbers report is available to read and download on To view SEVIS data and trends interactively, explore the Mapping SEVIS by the Numbers tool.

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