Release Date: November 17, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – For the 12th year in a row, the University at Buffalo is ranked among the top 20 U.S. institutions hosting international students by the Open Doors Report, which was released Nov. 17 by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C.
For 2013-14, the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange shows 6,504 international students at UB. This number includes students engaged in Optional Practical Training, that is, those with an F-1 student visa engaged in temporary employment directly related to their major area of study.
This figure places UB 17th among 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities surveyed. It represents an increase of 700 students, or 11 percent, over the 2012-13 total of 5,806, when UB was ranked 18th on the list.
The majority of the 20 schools ranked are state universities, but UB is the only State University of New York institution among them.
The “International Student Economic Value Tool” published annually by The Association of International Educators (NAFSA) concurrently with the Open Doors Report indicates that the 8,228 international students attending Western New York colleges and universities contributed $194,402,020 to the economy and supported 2,294 jobs here. According to NAFSA, UB’s international students had a total economic impact of $140,307,100.
The NAFSA report can be found at http://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/eis2014/USA.pdf.
Stephen Dunnett, PhD, vice provost for international education at UB, says, “Moving up in the Open Doors ranking is especially gratifying given the intensifying competition for international students worldwide. Our outstanding international recruitment and admission staff are working harder to achieve year-on-year enrollment growth targets.
“We want to increase our international enrollment in a strategic fashion while continuing to improve the quality profile and diversity of the students who are admitted. Our efforts to attract international students clearly benefit from the advances UB has made in various global university rankings,” he says.
“Word of mouth is our best recruiting tool and, especially overseas. It is very important in a student’s choice of university,” Dunnett says. “UB ranks high in student satisfaction with the quality of the education, student services and housing options they receive here. This is reflected in our high retention rate. International students and their families find Western New York a safe, welcoming and affordable place to live and study.”
The Open Doors Report lists New York State, with a total international enrollment of 98,906, second among the 50 states for international student enrollment. Its numbers are up more than 12 percent from last year. Besides UB, two other universities in New York are among the top 20 hosting institutions in the state: New York University ranked first, and Columbia University was fourth.
The Open Doors report is published annually by the IIE in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The data was released Nov. 17 on the occasion of the 15th annual celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
Additional data from the Open Doors report:
Additional data from the NAFSA report:
In addition to their economic contributions, NAFSA says these students offer an “immeasurable academic and cultural value…to our campuses and local communities.” Specifically, they:
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