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FRONTLINES

At Indiana University (all campuses), 359
of the 515 full-time graduate students (70
percent) in computer science were foreign
nationals in 2011; in electrical engineering, 81
out of the 127 graduate students (64 percent)
were international students; in economics, 78
percent in the graduate program were international students (65 of 83); in physics, 42 percent
were international students (44 of 106).11
At Purdue University, foreign nationals
accounted for 75 percent (177 of 236) of fulltime graduate students in computer science,
and 49 percent (60 of 122) in chemical engineering.12 At Ohio State, in 2011, 84 percent
of the full-time graduate students (263
of 314) in computer science were foreign
nationals. In chemical engineering, international graduate students filled 68 percent
of the full-timeslots (60 of 88).13 At Texas
A&M, 77 percent of the full-time graduate
students in computer science (197 of 255)
and 82 percent of the graduate students in
electrical engineering (391 of 480) were foreign nationals in 2011.14

Conclusion
Economists support ways to retain talented
international students in the United States, including providing a clear path for permanent
residence for graduates of U.S. universities in
science and engineering fields. University of
California, Davis, economist Giovanni Peri,
writes, "The United States has the enormous
international advantage of being able to attract
talent in science, technology, and engineering
from all over the world to its most prestigious
institutions . . . The country is certainly better
off by having the whole world as a potential
supplier of highly talented individuals rather
than only the native-born."15
International students are a key source
of talented professionals and researchers for
U.S. universities and employers. Reforms in
Congress that would make it easier for international students to come to the United
States and remain, if offered a job, will benefit the U.S. economy. A policy of welcoming
international students helps the United
States maintain its leadership as a center of
learning and innovation.
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"The country is certainly better off by having the whole world
as a potential supplier of highly talented individuals
rather than only the native-born."
TABLE 5

Purdue University
Percent of
International
Students

Number of
Full-time International
Graduate Students

Number of
Full-time U.S.
Graduate Students

Computer Science

75

177

59

Chemical Engineering

49

60

62

Field

Source: National Science Foundation, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorate, https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/webcaspar/. U.S. students include
lawful permanent residents.

TABLE 6

Ohio State University
Percent of
International
Students

Number of
Full-time International
Graduate Students

Number of
Full-time U.S.
Graduate Students

Computer Science

84

263

51

Chemical Engineering

68

60

28

Field

Source: National Science Foundation, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorate, https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/webcaspar/. U.S. students include
lawful permanent residents.

TABLE 7

Texas A&M University
Percent of
International
Students

Number of
Full-time International
Graduate Students

Number of
Full-time U.S.
Graduate Students

Computer Science

72

197

58

Chemical Engineering

82

391

89

Field

Source: National Science Foundation, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorate, https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/webcaspar/. U.S. students include
lawful permanent residents.

STUART ANDERSON, former staff director of the
Senate immigration Subcommittee, is executive
director of the National Foundation for American
Policy, a policy research organization in Arlington,
Virginia. He is the author of the book Immigration
(Greenwood, 2010).

Endnotes
1 Parts of this article were adapted from Stuart Anderson,
The Importance of International Students to America,
NFAP Policy Brief, National Foundation for American
Policy, July 2013. The research was funded by a grant from
the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
2 National Science Foundation, Survey of Graduate
Students and Postdoctorate, webcaspar.nsf.gov.
3 Ibid.
4 National Science Foundation, Survey of Graduate
Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering,
https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/webcaspar/. U.S. students
include lawful permanent residents; National Foundation
for American Policy analysis.

5 National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics,
National Patterns of R&D Resources: 2010-11 Data
Update, National Science Foundation, NSF13-319, April
2013, Table 3.
6 Interview, via email, with Christopher Raphael.
7 Ibid.
8 Interview with Stuart Cooper.
9 Ibid.
10 National Science Foundation, Survey of Graduate
Students and Postdoctorate, https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/
webcaspar/. U.S. students include lawful permanent
residents.
11 Ibid.
12 Ibid.
13 Ibid.
14 Ibid.
15 Giovanni Peri, Immigrants, Skills, and Wages:
Measuring the Economic Gains from Immigration,
(Washington, DC: Immigration Policy Center, March
2006), p. 7.


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