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Orientation.JPGInternational Student Enrollment Data at Michigan State University


OISS is responsible for serving international students at MSU and prepares a statistical report each fall. Reports contain data on international student enrollment and annual highlights. This publication is available at the end of every fall semester.

Since admitting its first international student in 1878, MSU has welcomed tens of thousands of international students and scholars to East Lansing. Today, MSU is home to over 9,000 international students, scholars, and their dependent family members from more than 140 countries. In addition to contributing to the academic and intercultural environment, international students also have a tremendous positive economic impact on the Greater Lansing area. Michigan State University's international students contribute $324.5 million to the local economy through spending on education, housing, dining, retail, transportation, telecommunications, and health care. This economic impact supports 4,675 jobs in the Greater Lansing area. 

Source: NAFSA International Student Economic Value Tool


Fall 2018 Snapshot

  • 6,260 international students from 140 countries are enrolled for Fall Semester 2018, including:
    • 3,862 undergraduate students
    • 2,029 graduate students
    • 369 non-degree and visiting students

  • 1,302 new international students were welcomed to MSU this fall semester, including:
    • 737 undergraduate students
    • 363 graduate students
    • 202 non-degree and visiting students

  • 12.4% of all students enrolled at MSU are international, including:
    • 10.2% of undergraduate students are international
    • 20.5% of graduate students are international
  • 7,921 international students were enrolled at MSU for one or more semesters during 2018 (non-duplicated enrollment headcount Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters).

  • 1,286 international students graduated from MSU in 2018 (Spring 2018 and Summer 2018) and 708 international students are currently pursuing post-graduation training in the U.S. in their major fields of study through Optional Practical Training (OPT).

  • Over 800 J-1 scholars participated in teaching and research in 2018 and OISS provides immigration advising and application processing for over 300 MSU faculty and staff in H-1B status.