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Read the 2021 SEVIS by the Numbers Report


April 6, 2022

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released the latest version of the SEVIS by the Numbers report, which is now available on ICE.gov/SEVP.

The report uses Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) data from calendar year 2020 and calendar year 2021. The total number of SEVIS records for active F-1 and M-1 students was 1,236,748 in calendar year 2021. Other highlights and notable trends from the report include the following:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact international student enrollment in the United States in 2021. The total number of SEVIS records for active F-1 and M-1 students was 1,236,748 in calendar year 2021, a decrease of 1.2 percent from calendar year 2020.
  • While all four regions in the United States saw a decline in international student records from 2019 to 2020, only the Western region saw a decline from 2020 to 2021 of 7.5 percent. California continued to host more international students than any other state.
  • The number of international students enrolled in K-12 programs of study decreased 16% from 2020 to 2021. The number of SEVP-certified schools eligible to enroll international students decreased by 280 schools from 2020 to 2021.
  • Only Asia and Australia/Pacific Islands saw an overall decline in the number of students coming to the United States last year; all other continents saw an increase. International
  • F-1 and M-1 students came from every continent in the world other than Antarctica, and from more than 224 countries and territories. Students from China and India made Asia the most popular continent of origin, accounting for 71.9% of the international student population. China sent fewer international students while India sent more.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement releases SEVIS by the Numbers on an annual basis.

For more information on how international student trends have changed over time, explore the SEVIS Data Mapping Tool on Study in the States.

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