Friday, July 10, 2015

Long Island Universities Experience Increase in Foreign Students

SUNY Stony Brook campus
By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Schools across New York’s biggest suburb are making a major effort to recruit students from South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, according to a new report from Newsday.

According to the story, the Long Island universities with the highest numbers of international students are attracting a "steady stream" of students from China, South Korea and India – not too shocking, given that they're the countries sending the most students to the U.S. – but they’re also looking to expand their reach beyond those core markets.

Additionally, Newsday reports that academic partnerships including foreign alumni networks and college consultants – along with foreign governments investing heavily in sending their students abroad – are driving the increase.

New York state enrolled just more than 98,900 international students at colleges and universities in 2013-14, a 12 percent increase from the previous year.

As for the particular schools facilitating Long Island’s overall growth:
  • Stony Brook University ranks fifth in the state in its number of foreign students, which comprise 13 percent of the total undergraduate population at the school. Including graduate students, that number rises to nearly 20 percent of overall enrollment.
  • Hofstra University has seen its number of international students more than quadruple in the past five academic years. At the same time, since 2008-09, Adelphi University and Farmingdale State College saw their percentages of international students double.
  • New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus has experienced consistent growth for more than a decade, with international enrollment landing at 21 percent in 2013-14.
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