Skip to content

International Students Still Consider the US Their First Choice for College

advice for students
COVID-19
college application
By Tom Dretler
Last updated on March 19, 2021

US universities are processing record numbers of international student applications for Fall 2021, especially for graduate degree programs. Shorelight CEO Tom Dretler sees many reasons why international students can be optimistic.

Four international students arrive at a US airport and hold out their passports toward the camera.

Global crises often fuel an increase in education demand, especially at the graduate level, and the COVID pandemic looks to be consistent with international applications on the rise: Despite pandemic headwinds, graduate schools in the US saw the highest number of international applications in history, with more than 550,000 interested students across the world seeking admission to our graduate programs! 

China continues to lead global demand for US graduate education, with 37% of US graduate enrollments, followed by India at 22%. STEM degrees also continue to be the most coveted among international students, with engineering, math and computer science degrees having the highest enrollments. 

Additionally, President Biden continues to support policies favorable to international students, including more vaccines being approved, increased vaccine distribution across the US, and supporting universities returning to on-campus classes and experiences. 

There’s a lot to be hopeful about for fall and international students should feel confident to come to campus for a safe and healthy school year.

Get all the details on Shorelight partner site U.S. News Global Education >>