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RALEIGH, N.C., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- College search website has published a list of the 50 most popular U.S. colleges and universities for international students. The University of Southern California leads the list, followed by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University, each hosting over 9,500 international students during the 2012-2013 academic year.

The list is based on data about international student enrollment from the Institute of International Education's latest Open Doors Report covering the 2012-2013 academic year and ranks schools according the total number of international students enrolled.

"The goal behind the ranking is to highlight those schools that have established themselves as popular and welcoming places for students from other countries," said J. Alder, Managing Editor of "We believe this is a distinction schools and their communities should be proud of and will also be useful to prospective international students interested in applying to colleges and universities in the United States."

More international students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions during the 2012-2013 academic year than ever before, up approximately 40 percent from a decade ago. While international students make up only 4 percent of total higher education enrollment, they contributed an estimated $24 billion to the U.S. economy. Nearly half (49 percent) of all international students enrolled for 2012-2013 came from China, India and South Korea even though numbers for the latter two declined from the 2011-2012 academic year, down 4 percent and 2 percent respectively. At the same time, 16 countries had an increase in 2012-2013 over the previous academic year. Most of these students enrolled in undergraduate programs.

Other schools not yet mentioned making the list include:

Academy of Art University

Arizona State University

Boston University

Carnegie Mellon University

Columbia University

Cornell University

George Washington University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Harvard University

Houston Community College

Illinois Institute of Technology

Indiana University - Bloomington

Iowa State University

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michigan State University

New York University

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University

Ohio State University - Main Campus

Penn State University - University Park

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick

Santa Monica College

Stanford University

SUNY Stony Brook University

SUNY University at Buffalo

Syracuse University

Texas A&M University

The New School

University of Arizona

University of California - Berkeley

University of California - Los Angeles

University of California - San Diego

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Houston

University of Illinois - Chicago

University of Iowa

University of Maryland - College Park

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

University of Pennsylvania

University of Texas - Arlington

University of Texas - Austin

University of Texas - Dallas

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin - Madison

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J. Alder, Managing Editor
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