BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo is once again among
the top 20 U.S. campuses with the largest enrollment of
international students, according to data published by the
Institute of International Education (IIE).
UB's rank this year is 17th in the nation.
The list, based on international student enrollment in the
2010-11 academic year, was released to the public as a highlight of
the IIE's "Open Doors 2011" report, funded by the Department of
State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Last year, UB's ranking among U.S. colleges and universities was
No. 12, up from No. 17 in 2008-09. With 5,185 international
students, UB this year again ranks 17th, not because of a decline
in the university's international enrollment, which has, in fact,
increased, but because so many U.S. institutions are competing so
hard to increase enrollment of foreign students, and have done
Stephen Dunnett, PhD, vice provost for international education
at UB, says, "This year's 'Open Doors' report reflects the
intensifying competition among U.S. institutions for international
students. Despite continued growth in our international enrollment
at UB, the enrollments at some competing schools are growing even
"I am confident, however, that UB will remain competitive going
forward," Dunnett says, "because we have one of the most effective
international enrollment management teams in the country, an
especially welcoming and supportive campus for international
students, and we continue to offer great value -- an excellent
education at an affordable price."
This year there is an international enrollment difference of
only 279 students between UB and the 12th ranked institution,
The "Open Doors 2011" report is available online at http://www.iie.org/opendoors.
The report indicates that in 2010-11 UB's enrollment of 5,185
international students represented 18.5 percent of the university's
total student enrollment of 28,000. This marked an increase of 274
students, 1.5 percent more than last year. Only New York University
and Columbia University among all New York State institutions of
higher education enrolled more international students than UB.
New York State enrolled 78,888 international students in its
colleges and universities last year -- an increase of 3.6 percent
from 2009-10. New York State ranks second in the nation in
international enrollment and California, with an enrollment of
96,535, up 2.4 percent from last year, ranks first.
Following national trends, UB has seen a large increase in the
number of students from China, which is the country that sends the
most international students to UB and to the U.S., generally. UB's
Chinese enrollment increased by nearly 28 percent between fall 2009
and fall 2010, compared to a 22 percent increase nationally.
A report on the economic impact of international students
studying in U.S. -- prepared by the Association of International
Educators or NAFSA -- estimates that foreign students and their
dependents contributed $20.23 billion to the U.S. economy during
the 2010-11 academic year. Of that total, $2,431,315,000 went into
the New York State economy.
According to the report, nearly $154 million was contributed to
the Western New York economy by international students attending
schools last year in the 26th congressional district represented by
Kathleen Hochul and the 27the district represented by Brian
Higgins. Of that total, $101,850,500 or 66 percent was contributed
by students attending UB. This report is available at http://www.nafsa.org/publicpolicy/default.aspx?id=29416.
In addition to ranking the top 20 U.S. institutions hosting
international students in 2010-11, the "Open Doors" report ranks
U.S. states by international enrollment figures, marks trends in
academic enrollment levels of international students, ranks top
countries of student origin, primary sources of funding for
international students and top fields of study pursued by the
The report also address trends for American students studying
abroad: top fields of study, participation rates compared to last
year, the top 25 destination nations for U.S. students abroad, the
popularity of host regions for these students and the duration of
American students' study periods abroad.