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January 9, 2017 Why American Universities are Taking More International Students

“If we want to train the next generation of global leaders, we better have the globe here.”

Very insightful thinking from Yale College Dean Jonathan Hollaway. At Yale, internationals now comprise 11.5% of the student body, up from 7% in 2005. At the Ivy League as an aggregate, the enrollment of the international students increased by 46% while the freshmen classes at these eight institutions grew only 5% overall.

Similar statistics are visible at other top institutions. Georgetown’s international group has tripled and UC/Berkeley has quadrupled over the last decade.

Katherine Harrington, Vice President or Admissions at the University of Southern California, argues that the university has tripled its international group because as a “national and global university, we really do believe the undergraduate population ought to better mirror the work in which our students are going to live an work and make their way.”

The bottom line, however, is that international students pay their own way. Merit scholarships are not designated for them and loans are rarely structured. International students are a revenue source and the financial aid office does not have to spend time figuring out financial aid packages for them.

For all reasons, the international group will likely increase thereby taking spaces formerly used by US citizens. Lesser known colleges will become more prominent in the future to accommodate the shuffling of spaces for everyone – US or international. Let CollegeStartOnline help you find the right college for your educational goals.

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