USC enrolls more international students than any other college

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As in previous years, the University of Southern California enrolls the largest percentage of students from outside the country — more than any other college or university in the United States, according to a new study.

The Institute of International Education reports that USC enrolled more than 8,600 students from beyond the United States last year. That’s a 62 percent increase over the last decade.

Most of the foreign students are from China and India. University officials say growing alumni groups in those countries have begun to recruit new students.

About 70 percent of those international students are enrolled in graduate programs; engineering is the most popular choice.

On average, it costs close to $58,000 a year, including room and board, to attend USC. Most foreign students pay their own way, while more than 60 percent of all Trojan students receive need-based financial aid and 23 percent are on merit scholarships.

Another Southland school, UCLA, ranks sixth in the country when it comes to international enrollment. About 6,200 foreigners studied there last year.