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Statistical Report

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. Today, MSU is home to over 9,000 students and scholars from more than 130 countries. In addition to their academic and cultural contributions on campus, international students also have a tremendous positive economic impact, contributing $310.2 million to the local economy and supporting 4,675 jobs in the region.

Source: NAFSA

Fall 2016

  • With 7,264 international students enrolled in Fall 2016 we see a decrease of 304 students over the total from a year ago. However, international student enrollment has grown 10% over the last five years.

  • 8,967 international students were enrolled in during the year of 2016 (non-duplicated enrollment Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters).

  • Over 1,000 students were on post-completion Optional Practical Training in 2016.

  • Over 800 J-1 scholars participated in teaching and research in 2016.
  • Chinese undergraduate enrollment fell by 170 from 3,857 in fall 2015 to 3,687 in fall 2016.
  • Undergraduates continue to top graduate students: 4,844 compared to 2,082 graduate students.
  • The Colleges of Business (2,522), Engineering (1,554), Social Science (1,006), Natural Science (985), and Agriculture and Natural Resources (618) enroll the largest numbers of international students at MSU.
  • 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.


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Fall 2016 Summary Report (PDF)

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