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UB ranks high in enrollment of foreigners

International enrollment at the University at Buffalo continues to rank among the highest in the nation, a new report shows.

UB enrolled 4,103 foreign students from 110 countries last year, the 13th largest international enrollment among nearly 3,000 U.S. colleges and universities, according to the Institute of International Education.

"We are pleased that we have increased our international enrollment this year despite the growing competition for high-quality international students among leading universities both in the U.S. and around the world," said Stephen C. Dunnett, UB's vice provost for international education.

UB's 4,103 foreign students -- up by 31 from the previous year -- account for 15.4 percent of the university's enrollment.

Still, UB actually dropped slightly in the rankings, from No. 10.

The university wants to add 1,000 more international students over the next 13 years, under its plan to grow 40 percent by the year 2020.

A faculty task force last month recommended strategies for UB to build upon its international recruitment, overseas programs and study-abroad opportunities, said Provost Satish K. Tripathi.

"A strong international student presence on our campus is a very important part of UB's history, tradition and future," he said.

The Institute of International Education, an educational and cultural-exchange organization, released its annual report this week showing international enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities rose 3 percent last year to a total of 582,984 -- the first significant increase in five years.

The largest percentage of students are from India, followed by China. The most popular field of study is business and management, followed by engineering.

The top 10 international hosts, in order, are: University of Southern California, Columbia University, New York University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of Texas, University of California Los Angeles and Harvard University. Boston University and University of Pennsylvania tied for No. 10.


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