Rise in international students boosts universities' bottom line, diversity

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The number of international students at Michigan's universities has been rising steadily over the years, helping campus diversity and the universities' bottom line in an era of declining state funding.

A report by the Institute of International Education found there were 26,930 international students in Michigan last year, the ninth most of any state and up from 22,857 in 2008. Nationwide, there were more than 800,000 international students at American universities last year — a record high — and a 40 percent increase from a decade ago.

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