Nigerians studying in the US have increased by 3,200, reaching a record high of 17,600 students

Since 2001, the 2022/23 academic year has recorded the highest number of Nigerians studying in US' higher institutions, adding 3,202 students to the previous academic year to reach 17,640. This represents the biggest addition in the time period.

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