Every year, U.S. colleges and universities enroll more international students than any other country in the world. In fact, with nearly 900,000 students, the U.S. enrolls twice as many international students as that of the next largest host country, the UK. According to the latest Open Doors report, about 1,400 institutions enrolled at least 10 international students, and 30 of those institutions enrolled more than 5,000 international students.
At the very top end of that list are four institutions that enrolled more than 10,000 international students: NYU, University of Southern California, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Columbia University.
Compared to our UK and Australia counterparts, massive numbers like these make it seem like U.S. universities are the clear leaders in international student population. Yet, in the U.S., international students only account for about 5% of the overall enrollment; compared to 19% of overall enrollment in the UK and 26% in Australia.
What would U.S. higher education look like if international students made up 10% of enrollments rather than the current 5%? What would have to change to make that possible? How would that affect U.S. higher education?