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When an individual enrolls at a U.S. school as an F-1 or M-1 nonimmigrant student or participates in the Visa Exchange Visitor Program, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) captures certain information about that individual in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The data included on this page has been extracted from SEVIS. It provides an overview of SEVP-certified schools, as well as active nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors during a specific calendar year. This data is updated annually.

Note: SEVP recently revamped the methodology it uses to generate data on nonimmigrant students. As a result, SEVP has updated 2017 data within the SEVP Data Library so it mirrors 2018 data.

For reference, F-1 students pursue academic studies and M-1 students pursue vocational studies in the United States. J-1 exchange visitors participate in the Visa Exchange Visitor Program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of State.

An nonimmigrant student or exchange visitor is deemed active once they enter the U.S. and engage in their program of study or exchange visitor program. Their status is designated as “active” in SEVIS.

nonimmigrant students can participate in various types of practical training related to their field of study.

  • Pre-completion optional practical training (OPT) takes place prior to a student’s program end date.
  • Post-completion OPT takes place after a student’s program end date.
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) OPT is a 24-month extension of OPT for qualifying students with STEM degrees.
  • Curricular practical training (CPT) takes place prior to a student’s program end date and is integral to the school’s established curriculum. 

Note: To participate in OPT, an nonimmigrant student must receive employment authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

For more information about the different types of practical training available to nonimmigrant students, please read the SEVP Practical Training Overview.

For detailed requests of SEVP data, please visit the SEVP section of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Library. For information on nonimmigrant student trends, please visit the SEVIS by the Numbers report and the interactive SEVIS Data Mapping Tool  on Study in the States.

More information about the Exchange Visitor Program can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

School Data

International Student and Exchange Visitor Data

Employer Data

  • 2017 Top 200 Employers for OPT and STEM OPT Students
    Top 200 employers for students participating in OPT and STEM OPT, by the number of students employed at each employer, in calendar year 2017. Please note: If a student is employed at the same employer while in a different program, he/she will be counted multiple times for that employer.
  • 2018 Top 200 Employers for OPT and STEM OPT Students
    Top 200 employers for students participating in OPT and STEM OPT, by the number of students employed at each employer, in calendar year 2018. Please note: If a student is employed at the same employer while in a different program, he/she will be counted multiple times for that employer.
  • 2017 Top 200 Employers for CPT Students
    Top 200 employers for students participating in CPT, by the number of students employed at each employer, in calendar year 2017. Please note: If a student is employed at the same employer while in a different program, he/she will be counted multiple times for that employer.
  • 2018 Top 200 Employers for CPT Students
    Top 200 employers for students participating in CPT, by the number of students employed at each employer, in calendar year 2018. Please note: If a student is employed at the same employer while in a different program, he/she will be counted multiple times for that employer.
  • 2003 – 2018 Top 200 Employers for Pre- and Post-Completion OPT Students
    Top 200 employers for students participating in pre‐ and post‐completion OPT, by the number of students employed at each employer, in calendar years 2003 through 2018. Please note: If a student is employed at the same employer while in a different program, he/she will be counted multiple times for that employer. *Prior to 2016, designated school officials were not required to enter a student's OPT employment information in SEVIS.
  • 2008 – 2018 Top 200 Employers for STEM OPT Students
    Top 200 employers for students participating in STEM OPT, by the number of students employed at each employer, in calendar years 2008 through 2018. Please note: If a student is employed at the same employer while in a different program, he/she will be counted multiple times for that employer. *STEM OPT program originated in 2008. *Prior to 2016, designated school officials were not required to enter a student's OPT employment information in SEVIS.
  • 2003 – 2018 Top 200 Employers for CPT Students
    Top 200 employers for students participating in CPT, by the number of students employed at each employer, in calendar years 2003 through 2018. Please note: If a student is employed at the same employer while in a different program, he/she will be counted multiple times for that employer. *Prior to 2016, designated school officials were not required to enter a student's OPT employment information in SEVIS.
  • Top 500 Program Sponsors of New Exchange Visitors in Calendar Year 2017
    Top 500 institutions or organizations designated to sponsor exchange visitors ranked by the total number of exchange visitors. The number of exchange visitors reflects those individuals who began a new exchange program in 2017. The number may include multiple program categories (e.g., sponsors may be designated to administer multiple categories. The total represents a tally of the multiple designations.)"
  • Top 500 Program Sponsors of New Exchange Visitors in Calendar Year 2018
    Top 500 institutions or organizations designated to sponsor exchange visitors ranked by the total number of exchange visitors. The number of exchange visitors reflects those individuals who began a new exchange program in 2018. The number may include multiple program categories (e.g., sponsors may be designated to administer multiple categories. The total represents a tally of the multiple designations.)"
Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/30/2020