Diversity Grows at U.S. Universities

For decades, international students have sought education at America's top institutions. Their numbers have increased a remarkable 32 percent over the past 10 years, with a 5.7-percent increase in 2011-2012 alone. Over half of these students come from Asian countries, with China, India and South Korea leading the way. But there are changes afoot that could fundamentally alter the face of international education. What does it mean? Only time will tell.

Particularly if you're looking at master's, professional, or doctoral degrees, you're in good company. Overall, more people are getting these degrees in the U.S. Peak ages for obtaining them range from 30-64. The National Center for Education Statistics confirms this trend, noting that the increase in students age 25 and older has been larger than the increase in younger students and this pattern is expected to continue.  According to USA Today, employers in 2025 will need about 23 million more degree holders than the nation's colleges and universities will have produced at the current rate. Overall, those with graduate degrees are earning 35% more than those with bachelor's degrees. Advanced derees are particularly valuable in the health and social/behavioral sciences.

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Read Dean John LaBrie's discussion of international education in our Aspire blog at aspireblog.org.