Student Visa Day: Welcoming Students to the United States! (Fact Sheet)

Mumbai/New Delhi:  Thousands of bright, ambitious students from India choose U.S. higher educational institutions for their academic excellence, cutting-edge technology, extensive support services for international students, generous funding opportunities, wide variety of educational options, flexible curricula and hands-on training and work experience (OPT and CPT) opportunities.

There are nearly 9,000 colleges, universities, and vocational schools in the United States that are certified to enroll international students.  The United States welcomes international students, recognizing the way they enrich our classrooms and our communities.  Currently, there are over 886,000 international students studying in the United States, an 8% increase over the prior year. The nearly 103,000 Indian students represent the second largest foreign nationality studying in the United States.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India congratulate all of Indian students who will receive their visas today!

Student Visa Day facts for Mumbai:

  • 1,302 – Students applying for visas today
  • 244 – Applicants’ different destination educational institutions in the United States
  • 68 – U.S. universities represented by Consulate Mumbai staff members

Sampling of destination colleges and universities for today’s applicants:

  • Purdue University
  • The University of Vermont
  • Columbia University
  • American University
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Michigan State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Southern California
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Texas A&M University
  • Babson College
  • University of Florida
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • Everett Community College
  • Harvard University

Indian Student Facts:

  • Last year Indian students in the United States contributed $3.3 billion to the U.S. economy. 
  • The nearly 103,000 Indian students in the United States are more than double the number of students 15 years ago.
  • Student visa applications across India increased 60 percent last year.
  • Over the last 12 months, student visa applications doubled at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India, especially in Mumbai and Hyderabad, the two busiest posts for students.
  • Prospective Indian students submitted more than 90,000 visa applications in the last 12 months.
  • Consular officers approve the vast majority of student visa applications.
  • 78% of Indian students opt to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. 
  • Engineering is the most popular major, followed by computer science.