The University of Illinois is the Most Preferred University by Companies in China

Main Quad facing Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with fall leaves on the trees and people walking

The number of international students attending U.S universities has increased dramatically in recent years. Especially more Chinese students are attending and coming to the United States to obtain their college degrees. For some schools, the trend is boosting international student enrollment and a large amount of investment.

Lockin China (络可英) is the biggest company serves returning Chinese overseas students for job hunting. They recently announced that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is the most preferred university by companies in China. The U of I Career Center replies, “Many thanks to our alumni for their outstanding performance that builds a shining brand of graduates from UIUC.”

The international student population has risen rapidly and they make up a greater percentage of the overall U.S student population than ever before. In 2015, the total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of international students took 4.8% or 974,926 students. In recent years, the number has risen above 5%.

In 2014-2015 student statistics, China is by far the biggest source of international students. Looking at the table below, China makes up approximately over 30%, India in second places makes up about 18%, and lastly followed by South Korea making up 7%.


Furthermore, the most popular schools for international students are scattered across the U.S., from New York to California to the American Rust Belt. ­The table below shows the population of international students in different schools from the 2014-2015 academic year and the population includes both graduate and undergraduate students.


As more international students enrolled in American universities, they typically pay full tuition, boosting revenues for schools. In addition, they spend heavily on housing and other goods. In 2014-2015 academic year, international students contributed more than $30 billion in the U.S economy and the number continues to increase. The table below illustrates the financial contributions by state.

As more international students enrolled in American universities, not only boosting revenues for schools but it’s contributing to the U.S economy. Nonetheless, due to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s reputations and experiences provided by the school are allowing companies in China to recruit some of the top-notch candidates.

Source of Quad photo:







Sam Lee / Illinois