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International Enrollment Increases At CSU


The number of international students on Colorado State University’s campus is up this academic year. International student enrollment has increased from 1,040 in 2010 to 1,226 this semester. These students equal 4 percent of CSU’s total student body. CSU hopes to boost its international student enrollment to more than 3,000 by 2020.

Chinese undergraduate students account for the majority of the increase growing from 59 in 2010 to 190 this semester.

CSU Vice Provost for International Affairs Jim Cooney says the school’s recent partnerships with Hunan University, East China Normal University and other highly ranked institutions in China along with an agreement with INTO University Partnerships as significant contributors to the increase in Chinese students on campus.

Colorado State University launched collaboration with INTO University Partnerships in February of this year becoming the third U.S. school to partner with INTO.

The influx in Chinese students this year at CSU is following a nationwide trend.

According to the 2012 Open Doors Report from the International Educational Exchange, the number of international students attended U.S. colleges and universities increased by 6 percent to a record high of 764,495 during the 2011-2012 academic year.

That growth was largely driven by a 23 percent increase in the number of students from China.

According to the report, Colorado ranked 26th in the nation for the total number of international students attending schools in the state last year. In total, Colorado schools had 8,445 total international students making up 2 percent of all students. International students contributed $253.3 million into the state’s economy last year.

Colorado Colleges with largest number of international students:

  1. University of Colorado at Boulder
  2. University of Denver
  3. Colorado State University

The report also indicates that international exchanges in all 50 states contributed $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy.

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