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2015 Statistical Report

Analyzing international student enrollments at MSU

  • With 7,568 international students enrolled in fall 2015 we see a slight decrease of 74 students over the total from a year ago. However, international student enrollment has grown 28.3% over the last five years. 
  • Undergraduates continue to top graduate students: 5,041 compared to 2,092 graduate students.
  • The Colleges of Business (2,771), Engineering (1,515), Social Science (971), Natural Science (948), and Agriculture and Natural Resources (701) currently enroll the largest numbers of international students at MSU.
  • The number of sponsored students continues to rise with over 695 international students receiving sponsorship by their governments, the U.S. government, or other organizations. This is an increase of 12% over fall 2014.
  • According to NAFSA's (Association of International Educators) estimated economic impact formula, MSU's international students contribute an estimated $308 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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