INDIANAPOLIS | Purdue University continues to have the second-most international students among U.S. public universities, and is closing the gap on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Purdue's West Lafayette campus tallied 9,509 international students from 126 counties during the 2012-13 academic year, according to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, co-published Monday by the U.S. State Department.
That's up from 8,563 foreign students during the 2011-12 school year. China, India and South Korea remained the top three sources of international students at Purdue.
"This consistently strong international student enrollment is evidence of Purdue's world-known quality that keeps Purdue on the map, literally, for global businesses and other institutions," said Suresh Garimella, Purdue's chief global affairs officer. "International diversity also helps prepare our students for careers in the global workforce."
The University of Illinois ranked first among public institutions with 9,804 international students.
Overall, there are 24,408 international students attending colleges and universities in the state.
Economists say international students contribute some $700 million a year to Indiana's economy and $24 billion to the nation's.