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College Demographics and How They Affect Your College Choices

China has become the single greatest source of international students in the U.S.A. According to the Open Doors 2010 facts report on college demographics for international students, 127,628 students came from China to attend a U.S. college for the 2009/2010 school year. Because of this, students from China are more likely to find some services and opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable.

Many colleges have specific Chinese student organizations, and they are likely to have advisers who can help international students become acclimated to life in the U.S.A. with as little difficulty and frustration as possible.

Universities and colleges might even actively take steps to provide scholarships and other funding opportunities for students from China as a result of these college demographics.

On the contrary, if you are looking to fully immerse yourself in a different culture or gain a competitive edge, consider your options carefully. Because of the shift in college student demographics, you are likely to encounter more competition from students coming from your same country, in addition to the competition you’ll face from students in America and other countries.

College demographics point to Chinese student concentrations

The states of the U.S.A. with the greatest concentrations of international students are:

  • California
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois

In general, it’s a safe bet to say that the colleges in America with the highest populations of international students are also likely to have the highest populations of Chinese international students.

This is not to say that these schools are the best for international students automatically, however. That decision very much depends on what you consider most important to you. If you want to go to a school with a small population of international students, so as to be completely immersed in a foreign culture, you should seek out a university or college with a smaller international student population.

Furthermore, these schools have the largest international student populations because they are larger schools; if you are interested in a smaller school, then you will inherently encounter a smaller international student population there.

College demographics and you

If you’re interested in finding any more information concerning international students in America, you should take a look at the Institute of International Education, paying close attention to Open Doors information.

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