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Read the 2023 SEVIS by the Numbers Report

May 22, 2024

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released the latest version of the SEVIS by the Numbers report on

The report uses Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) data from calendar year 2022 and calendar year 2023. International student enrollment in the United States in 2023 showed a substantial increase from calendar year 2022. The total number of SEVIS records for active F-1 and M-1 students was 1,503,649 in calendar year 2023. Other highlights and notable trends from the report include the following:

  • All four regions in the United States saw an increase in international student records from 2022 to 2023, with respective increases ranging from 5.7 to 13.4 percent.
  • In calendar year 2023, 7,417 SEVP-certified schools were eligible to enroll international students, a decrease of 266 schools from 2022 (7,683 schools).
  • The number of international students enrolled at kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools increased 1.9 percent from 2022 to 2023 (+1,041).
  • The number of students from India and China made Asia the most popular continent of origin. India sent 27.1 percent more students compared to 2022 (+80,469). Reversing the trend from 2021 and 2022, China sent 1.9 percent more students in 2023 (+6,169).
  • There were 160,627 pre- and post-completion optional practical training (OPT) students with both an employment authorization document (EAD) and who reported working for an employer in calendar year 2023, compared to 117,301 in calendar year 2022 —a 36.9 percent increase.
  • In 2023, California hosted 237,594 international students, the largest percentage of international students (15.8%) of any U.S. state.
  • There were a total of 122,101 international students participating in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) OPT in 2023. Most students participating in STEM OPT were from India (39.1%) or China (23.7%).

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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