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Penn State Cracks Top 10 in International Student Enrollment

A record number of foreign students coming to America to seek an education — 819,644 in count for 2012-2013, including 37,200 in Pennsylvania — and Penn State is taking advantage of that increased interest. According to the latest numbers from the International Education’s “Open Doors” report, Penn State has the 10th highest enrollment for international students in the country.

“Being among the top institutions with the most international students helps us to build a robust pool of international applicants to the University and convince students and their parents that ours is a conducive environment for learning and research,” said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs at Penn State. “It is one of the points that I constantly bring across as I speak to potential students and their parents around the world.”

The data only considers University Park as Penn State, at which 6,693 international students are enrolled. That’s more than any other school in Pennsylvania. The list contains a heavy dose of Big Ten, with half of the top 10 coming from the conference (Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State are the others).

Penn State also ranked 19th for number of students studying abroad in the same report with 1,926.

“Attracting international students is just one of the ways that we continue to strengthen our worldwide reach,” said President Rodney Erickson. “We are living and working in an increasingly globalized world, where international competency and collaboration are essential. We are committed to helping our students prepare for the new global economy and also in serving the world through our research, teaching, and service.”

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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