NYU Ranks No. 1 for Attracting International Students and Also Takes Top Honors for Sending American Students Abroad


According to the annual “Open Doors” study released earlier this week by the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York University ranked No. 1 in both the number of international students studying at NYU and the number of NYU students studying abroad—a standard the University has held in both rankings since 2014.

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NYU hosted more than 17,300 international students during 2016–2017 (up from 15,543 during 2015–2016) and sent more than 4,480 students abroad during that same time period—more than any other American college or university.

For the second consecutive year, US colleges and universities hosted more than one million international students. The report also shows the number of international students in the United States increased by 3 percent over the prior year, while the number of American students studying abroad increased by 4 percent from the prior year. However, the number of new international students—those enrolled at a US institution for the first time in the fall of 2016—declined by nearly 10,000 students to about 291,000, a 3 percent decrease from the previous year.

IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited US institutions. 

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