Financially hard-pressed public universities, but also comparatively well-off private schools, are intensively recruiting foreign undergraduates who pay premium tuition fees. Some 1.13 million international students are enrolled in U.S. colleges, the Department of Homeland Security reported on Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.


Some colleges even send emissaries abroad to recruit foreign students. The University of Colorado-Boulder has a foreign student population of 6.5 percent. Administrators want to boost the figure to 10 percent. Most of the school’s international students are from China, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. These students pay $35,231 annually in tuition compared with $10,971 for in-state residents, according to the Journal.

The increasing flow of foreign students into U.S. colleges is facilitated by rising affluence in China and by the policies of oil-rich Arab countries that provide openhanded scholarships.

The highest number of foreign students, 331,371, is from China. Next is India with 146,336. South Korea comes in third with 87,384. Saudi Arabia is fourth with 81,000 students compared to about 5,000 at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

The five schools with the most foreigners are: the University of Southern California, Purdue (a public university), Columbia University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (also a public university), and New York University.

Some schools are starting to limit the number of out-of-state students. The University of California system plans to cap the percentage of non-Californians at the present 22 percent level. The state of Washington requires colleges to maintain a set ratio of in-state residents to ensure that locals are not turned away for lack of space.


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  • phorning

    The primary reason the schools are recruiting foreign students is that they don’t receive any financial aid. For progressive school administrators the “vibrant diversity” aspect is just considered a bonus.

    • Fed Up

      That some of the diverse (foreign students) may turn to terrorist against the U.S. — is also an interesting possibility!

      • Saudis? Never happen! They’re *such good friends* of ours.

        • NoMosqueHere

          Saudi Arabia is fourth with 81,000 students compared to about 5,000 at the time of the 9/11 attacks.


          The Saudis, particularly Bandar Bush and his wife, financed the 911 attacks. So it’s the same old same old — money talks.

      • Simonitz Levi Rothstein

        Terrorism from international students? From Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, UAE, Yemen or some other MENA nation maybe, but from China, India, Korea, Philippines and the European Union? Not a chance, unless you count white Muslim Russians and Slavs as Non Europeans!

    • Jon Doe

      have to disagree, nothing makes a school more happy than getting that government check. they do it to get that minority affirmative action tax credit and break. they realize Blacks are dumbing down their stats and or just making them look bad so they looked elsewhere. how do you get your money while still complying with a gun to your head?

      • phorning

        They get more money from the foreign students who are paying sticker price tuition. I attended a small college and had a couple of students from China in one of my economic classes. One of them did not speak English well enough to carry on a conversation, but I assume her parents were convinced she needed an American education. I have no idea how or if she passed her classes.

        • Jon Doe

          just look at the “22% cap” these schools just randomly decided on. why not 35%? why not 10%? whats more likely? did they decide on that cap or the did government suggested/mandated it? seriously, 22% blacks in college? S Cal/Havard/UCLA etc. really? c’mon.. now lets be real, that aint never going to happen. 22% of blacks cant even make out high-school these schools are just trying to be realistic while complying with mandates

      • APaige

        No in state tuition is also a plus.

  • propagandaoftruth

    There are simply too many people in college. There is a glut of degree mill approved halfwits and half educated ignoramuses already.
    Perhaps we should consider going back to the idea of “quality over quantity” but that would result in smart, serious people getting degrees and less extended, sheltered, entitled adolescence for 18-26 year olds, and the last thing our “progressive” (Marxist”)

    • propagandaoftruth

      Oh, here we go – the perfect man-boy of the progressive future.

      • He looks as if something has been shoved up his rear end by surprise.

        • John Smith

          I’m not sure it’s always a surprise….

      • stringtheoryrob

        I like the way you (progressive) to Marxist. You see clearly through the obfuscation.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I read Marx in college, was somewhat charmed by it. Became a small time Dem operative. Called myself a proud liberal.

          By the 90’s/oughts the “right” had done a pretty good job of making “liberal” a dirty word. So I, like many other libs, started calling myself “progressive”. Sounds good. How can you argue against “progressivism”?

          The psychopathy of Marxism is alive and well under the banner of “progressivism” today. A turd by any other name…

  • Fed Up

    Now how many foreign students are paying their own way vs. those supported by the American Taxpayers? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  • JohnEngelman

    “Financially hard-pressed public universities, but also comparatively well-off private schools, are intensively recruiting foreign undergraduates who pay premium tuition fees.”

    Tax cuts for the rich have to be paid for somehow. They sure do generate more tax revenue.

    • John Smith

      They might if we weren’t killing the middle-class at the same time.

    • Alden

      FEDERAL income taxes have absolutely nothing to do with
      STATE funding of STATE universities

  • Magician

    It used to be free for foreign students to study in Sweden. They did not even have to find a Swedish student to be the “exchange student” partner.

    But now, they changed the policy and students outside EU must pay a fortune to study in Sweden.

    • John Smith

      I don’t really believe most people think of Sweden as an educational mecca, so that’s probably why no one goes there when they have to pay big money. You may as well buy an American or UK degree for that money.

  • superlloyd

    Will there be a foreign student amnesty forthcoming from Obola?

  • Hilis Hatki

    Universities are invasion beaches in the war to redefine America.

    • guest

      An exception to this, it seems to me, are the abundantly present students from China and, for that matter, those who become faculty members or graduate student-teachers. There is what I find to be a welcome but rather inexplicable interface between the Chinese and us. Too, America (and China and everywhere) is being redefined mainly by the scope and rate of technological change—a scientific-technological revolution. The demarcation of the future will not be in terms of yet familiar nationalisms but will be those complementary/fused/ populations that maintain intellectual and cultural and scientific supremacy as contrasted to a vast international population that is standardized into the vulgarity of media mesmerism and blind conformity—a kind of dehumanized international Nightmare.

  • Provided they go home afterward, I don’t care, so long as they are not teaching tuition-paying undergrads in broken English. One of my old friends did her M.S. in chemical engineering in Kentucky, and then went home.

    • John Smith

      I worked for a guy who was a full professor and could barely speak English – made me feel sorry for his engineering students. He also sucked at business, but no one could tell him anything and he ran the place mostly to have a permanent crew of sycophants who called him “doctor” and never questioned anything he did, which was mostly stupid. Did I tell you I didn’t stay there long after I said what I thought to him (never was sure what he said back, but he did raise his voice, so he must’ve at least understood English)?

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        Was he asian or negro??? Worst are feminists who run a department. They just act like everyone is their servant.

        • John Smith


          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            Yeah Koreans unfortunately cannot speak proper English unless they live their lives here. I have a friend that is very nice, but speaking English is just not his forte. Was this a Science lab he was in charge???

          • John Smith


  • james AZ

    Colleges run the business. Some of degree are joke… Some good but notice people who have degree doing failed and dumb. No common sense..”… FEW WISE PEOPLE live the earth……

  • Raymond Kidwell

    America is the number one place to study at. An America degree is accepted practically anywhere. The same is not true for many countries. Even rich blacks in Africa send their kids to the US to study.

  • LHathaway

    *The state of Washington requires colleges to maintain a set ratio of in-state residents to ensure that local students of color are not turned away for lack of space*

    There, fixed it.

  • Johann Wald

    “Some 1.13 million international students are enrolled in U.S. colleges,
    the Department of Homeland Security reported on Wednesday..” In other words, about 1.1 million too many.

  • Murphcon

    “Saudi Arabia is fourth with 81,000 students compared to about 5,000 at the time of the 9/11 attacks.”


    • John Smith

      University of Idaho is having problems with one of these going around trying to rape white females.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    And then most of them end up getting jobs displacing American workers and then they get their green cards and get to be citizens.. They sponsor more relatives and bring more of their kind here. Crazy situation.

  • John Smith

    And these are one less spot for a US citizen, though I probably shouldn’t care because I doubt they’d give them to white students anyway.

  • Hammerheart

    I see so many burkas on campus I think I’m back in a middle eastern bazaar while on campus.

  • NowhereTearsOfHonor

    And most will end up wanting to stay here of course,plus bring their entire family with them as well.No surprise why we have so many foreign doctors these days.

  • listenupbub

    We know what causes uni’s to be expensive, because there is DATA!!! It is administrative costs. The administrative costs increases perfectly track the tuition increases.

    Take Michelle Obama, for example. She was paid a salary of $316,000 to be a “diversity coordinator” at UChicago. She probably did not do jack squat at that job. Other administrators, such as the bigwig chancellors, executives, etc., get paid absurd salaries, too.

    Of course, there is a small city of sensitivity counselors and glorified babysitters in housing, student affairs, and so forth, who all get paid a good bit.

    A college can really be cheap. It was cheap in the past in America, it is cheap in Europe. German universities are bare-bones, and they are cheap as mess. They also kick butt in academics and research.

  • Rustler

    Saudi Arabia is fourth with 81,000 students. With numbers like that, it’s only a matter of time.

  • Alden

    But they take the place of a White student