International Students Grow the U.S. Economy

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While international students make up only 5.5% of overall U.S. college enrollments, they make significant contributions to our communities.1

International students created or supported over 455,000 U.S. jobs. That's three jobs for every seven international students.3

International students contributed nearly $39 billion to the U.S. economy last year.2

Nearly one-quarter of the founders of the $1 billion U.S. startup companies first came to America as international students.4

International Students Help America Lead in Innovation

For America to remain the leader in scientific discovery, we must continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world.5

In 2016, all six American winners of the Nobel Prizes in economics and scientific fields were immigrants.7

U.S. productivity is generated largely by advances in technological improvements. Technological improvements are largely driven by the rate of innovation.6

Immigrants have been awarded 40% of the Nobel Prizes won by Americans in chemistry, medicine, and physics since 2000.8