More International Students Enroll at U.S. Campuses

WASHINGTON  — A sharp increase in the number of Chinese college students is helping to fuel another year of record international student enrollment on U.S. campuses.

A report released Monday by the U.S. State Department and the not-for-profit Institute of International Education shows a 5 percent enrollment increase in the 2010-11 academic year. The nearly 724,000 international students attending U.S. colleges and universities represent the fifth straight year of record growth.

The number of Chinese students increased by 22 percent overall from the previous year and 43 percent among undergraduates. Students from China represent nearly one-fourth of all international students in this country.

Another 14 percent of international students in the United States. come from India. South Korea is the third-leading country of origin, accounting for 10 percent of the total.