In today’s multi-cultural world, U.S. institutions of higher education are seeing their prospective students as not only those residing in the continental United States. Administrators at many MSIs understand that and have found their campuses enriched with an increasing international student population. This week’s Monday Morning Lineup highlights MSIs with the largest percentages of international students. (The number listed next to the school’s name represents the percentage of international students.)
1) University of San Francisco (AANAPISI) 18%
DiverseEducation.com listed the University of San Francisco as No. 1 on its 2013 list of non-historically black colleges and universities that have excellent programs for minority students. USF students represent a wide variety of personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. They hail from 48 states and 70 countries. All of this adds up to a unified community and classrooms strengthened by diverse points of view.
2) University of Southern California (AANAPISI) 13%
With its global outlook and location in Los Angeles, a proudly multicultural city, USC offers a warm welcome to international students. Citizens of more than 130 countries comprise 13 percent of the university’s student body. Indeed, one out of every nine students is an international student, notes the university. In 2013 the top three countries represented by undergraduate international students at USC were China, South Korea and Canada.
3) University of Massachusetts-Boston (AANAPISI) 10%
The University of Massachusetts Boston is a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. Its vibrant, multi-cultural educational environment encourages the broadly diverse campus community to thrive and succeed. The university strives to engage in distinguished scholarship, dedicated teaching and public service — aspects that are mutually reinforcing and create new knowledge while serving the public good of the city, the commonwealth, the nation and the world.
4) UC Irvine (AANAPISI) 9%
Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves the local, national and global communities in many ways. UCI provides support for its international students through The International Center, which advances and facilitates international engagement at UCI to enhance the academic and personal experience of the international community. The Center’s staff is committed to serving campus constituents through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy and outreach.
5) Barry University (HSI) 7%
Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla., is a Catholic institution of higher education founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. It is one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast and was recognized as one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine in 2013 for the third consecutive year. Barry offers a living and learning community that values a diversity of perspectives and life experiences. It was ranked 16th in the nation for campus ethnic diversity by U.S. News and World Report.
6) University of the Pacific (AANAPISI) 5%
Drawing on its rich legacy as the oldest chartered university in California, Pacific is a student-focused, comprehensive educational institution that produces outstanding graduates who are prepared for personal and professional success. Pacific supports its international students in various ways, including advising on and facilitating compliance with U.S. immigration regulations; conducting orientations and other special programming that help international students and scholars integrate into and adjust to the academic, cultural and social life of Pacific and the United States; serving as a liaison with U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, sponsors and educational foundations that support international students and scholars; and contributing to the internationalization of Pacific by providing opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interactions.
7) Texas Southern University (HBCU) 5%
Texas Southern University, one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, is nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus in Houston. The university has served as a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socio-economic, cultural and racial backgrounds. More than 9,500 students, along with nearly 1,500 faculty and staff, comprise the University’s community, and like its curricula, the student body is characterized by diversity. While many of the undergraduate and graduate students enrolled are native Texans, the student and faculty population is represented by almost every state in the country, including the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and by more than 50 nations. Texas Southern’s international student population hails from such places as Africa, Canada, the Canal Zone, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, Mexico, South Asia and the West Indies.
8) Nova Southeastern University (HSI) 5%
Nova Southeastern University is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. Today, NSU has more than 1,200 international students from over 120 countries studying on campus, and well over 1,000 international students are taking courses online and in blended instructional delivery formats at its select international sites in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
9) Tennessee State University (HBCU) 5%
Tennessee State University is committed to excellence and has been consistently listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade. Founded in 1912, TSU is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant institution in Nashville, Tenn. It has 77 majors in eight undergraduate and graduate colleges and schools. The university graduates the highest number of African American bachelor-degree holders in agriculture, agriculture operations and agriculture-related sciences.
10) Florida International University (HSI) 5%
For more than four decades, FIU has positioned itself as one of South Florida’s anchor institutions by solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. It is dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and global community. With a student body of nearly 54,000, the university is among the top 10 largest universities in the nation, and has collectively graduated more than 200,000 alumni, 115,000 of whom live and work in South Florida. More than 2,500 students and over 100 scholars representing more than 125 countries are part of the university community. The top five countries represented in the 2013-2014 year were China, Venezuela, India, Columbia and Iran.