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Statistical Report

2014 Statistical Report

Analyzing international student enrollments at MSU

  • The 7,643 international students in fall 2014 is an increase of 6.7 % over the total from a year ago. Undergraduates continue to top graduate students: 4,991 compared to 2,176 graduate students. 
  • The international enrollment story at Michigan State University continues to be the significant growth of Chinese undergraduates. There are a number of reasons for this growth including China's growing middle class, insufficient higher education capacity to meet the country's needs and the liberalized U.S. visa policies.
  • The Colleges of Business (2,408), Engineering (1,285), Natural Science (823), Social Science (815), and Agriculture and Natural Resources (668) currently enroll the largest numbers of international students at MSU in fall 2014.
  • Another area of strength is the rise in the number of students from Brazil. The number has risen from 90 in fall of 2013 to 169 in fall of 2014 due to funding from the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program and the growth of MSU’s American Semester Program.  
  • According to NAFSA's (Association of International Educators) estimated economic impact formula, MSU's international students contribute an estimated $273 million to the Greater Lansing economy.

International student reports:

Stats Summary Brochure:

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Data provided by Michigan State University's Office of the Registrar and the Institute of International Education's Open Doors Report.


Full Statistical Reports

OISS is responsible for serving international students at MSU and prepare this data annually. Please choose an edition below to read more about international enrollment and annual highlights. This publication is available late fall of every year.


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