More international students at Washington colleges

More international students at Washington colleges

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is among the top states attracting international students to its colleges.

New data released Monday by the Institute of International Education shows the number of international students studying in Washington state has grown by 11 percent between the 2011-12 school year and the 2012-13 school year.

The Seattle Times reports about 25,500 international students studied in Washington state during the 2012-13 school year. They made up 7 percent of the state’s college population.

Only three other states — Massachusetts, New York and Delaware — plus the District of Columbia drew a higher percentage of its college population from overseas.

The largest number of international students is studying at the University of Washington. Washington State University comes in second, followed by Seattle Central College, Green River Community College in Auburn and Edmonds Community College.