July 18, 2016

Purdue recognized by U.S. News and World Report for its international undergraduate student population

Brzezinski usnews international International undergraduate students are welcomed to Purdue during the 2015 Boiler Gold Rush International orientation program. This past year, Purdue's total international undergraduate student enrollment reached an all-time high with 5,233 students. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its large international undergraduate student population.

The recognition is part of the U.S. News Short List's 10 Universities That Attract the Most International Students. Purdue is No. 12 overall and No. 2 for public universities. The University of California, San Diego, is ranked No. 1 for public schools, and the Florida Institute of Technology is tops overall. The top 10 schools all have international students that represent at least 19 percent of their undergraduate student bodies. Purdue's enrollment is 18 percent.

"Purdue is known worldwide for its excellent academic reputation, and the ability to attract such a large and diverse population is a testimony to how well we are viewed around the world," said Michael Brzezinski, dean of international programs. "Students from Indiana and other American communities are able to study, live and meet others from more than 120 countries while at Purdue. These experiences help them to develop intercultural skills that will be necessary in the global workforce that awaits them after graduation."

Purdue's total international undergraduate student enrollment reached an all-time high last fall with 5,233 students. This total represents an increase of 15 percent since 2011. China, India, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia send the largest number of undergraduates from abroad.

In January, the Times Higher Education ranked Purdue as one of nine American universities on its top 200 list of the Most International Universities.

In 2015, Purdue was recognized with a couple of international student awards, including being named by the U.S. government as the top STEM school for international students. The Institute of International Education also honored Purdue with the Heiskell Award for helping international students integrate into campus life and the local community.  

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Source: Michael Brzezinski, 765-494-9399, mbrzezinski@purdue.edu

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