BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The 5,357 international students who attended
the University at Buffalo in the 2011-12 academic year and their
dependents contributed approximately $108,419,700 to the Western
New York economy according to the 2012 report issued by NAFSA:
Association of International Educators this week.
Stephen Dunnett, vice provost for international education at UB,
says, "We are very, very pleased that so many highly talented
students from around the world choose UB for their studies, and are
grateful for the considerable economic benefit they offer to local
businesses and communities.
"Although this report focuses on their fiscal impact,
international students also greatly enrich the cultural life of our
campuses and, through out-of-state tuition largely funded by
non-U.S. sources, provide financial support for on-campus
programming for all our students," he says.
"They also bring important global perspectives into American
classrooms," Dunnett says, "and help build strong and lasting
bridges between their countries and cultures that benefit the U.S.
in ways too numerous to cite here."
In addition to UB, 15 other higher education institutions in
Western New York enrolled a total of 2,148 international students
in 2011-12, with an economic contribution to the region of
Those institutions are Daemen College, Erie Community College,
Genesee Community College, Niagara County Community College, SUNY
College at Brockport, SUNY at Geneseo, Canisius College, D'Youville
College, Hilbert College, Jamestown Community College, Buffalo
State College, SUNY at Fredonia, Trocaire College, Villa Maria
College of Buffalo and Niagara University.
NAFSA arrived at its economic contribution data by adding
tuition and fees paid by a school's international students in
2011-12 ($71,519,200 in the case of UB) and living expenses of
students and dependents ($89,966,400 for UB), then deducting
financial support provided to the students by the U.S. ($53,095,800
In estimating the economic contribution of international
students to Western New York, NAFSA says the analysis does not rely
on a multiplier effect because, although it might provide a more
accurate estimate of actual economic impact, there is no consensus
on the appropriate size of such a multiplier
Therefore figures are conservative.
They derive from enrollment figures from the Institute of
International Education's "Open Doors 2012" report; tuition figures
from Wintergreen Orchard House, a major database compiler, provider
and publisher of educational data, which provides cost figures for
tuition, living and miscellaneous expenses at U.S. colleges and
universities for the 2011-12 academic year; and overall analysis of
the data by Jason Baumgartner, director for information services at
the Indiana University, Bloomington, Office of International