Foreign-Born Earn STEM Degrees at Higher Rates than Native Citizens

Foreign-born people have a third of all U.S. engineering degrees.


About a third of United States college graduates with engineering degrees are foreign-born, even though they account for just 16.5 percent of the U.S. population 25 and older, according to new data from the Census Bureau. Foreign-born people have about 27 percent of the degrees in computers, math, and statistics, and 24 percent of degrees in physical science.

An expert from Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce told U.S. News reporter Danielle Kurtzleben that some of the gap comes from people born in countries that value STEM skills, such as China and India. Read her article to learn more about the study.

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