Drew University New Jersey attracts most international students

Drew University in New Jersey, the US is among the top universities in attracting most international students as well as sending students to overseas varsities for pursuing studies, citing the Institute of International Education study, dailyrecord.com reported.

Survey Report

As per the study, Drew University is ranking in the top 10% in enrolling international students and the top 15% of undergraduate students studying abroad. In fact, Drew University is the only New Jersey school in the report’s Top 40 rankings. More than 2,000 of 3,000 accredited colleges responded to the IIE’s survey for the Open Doors Report.

Drew University is ranking 19th amongst baccalaureate schools across America for enrolling international students among more than 300 baccalaureate colleges. What is more, Drew University also is ranking 30th for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs among about 250 baccalaureate colleges that give credit for studying abroad. Furthermore, Drew University was the only baccalaureate college or university in New Jersey to be ranked by IIE for its undergraduate participation rate, noted the report.

Skill Usage

MaryAnn Baenninger, President of Drew University said: “Drew University has built a solid record for both incorporating international students into our community and providing dozens of study abroad opportunities. So, all our students, international and domestic, learn and use skills that matter in a global economy.”

Study Abroad Programs

Study abroad programs at Drew run through the school’s Center for Global Education, which connects students to more than a dozen options. The list includes Italy, France, Greece, the U.K., China, South Korea and Ghana. The most popular destinations offered are Ireland, South Africa, and Spain.

While fewer new international students are coming to the US overall, Drew has doubled its total international students between fall 2013 and fall 2016, in-line with a rise in enrolment for all students. Drew has gone from a low of 1,482 undergraduates in 2014, when the Baenninger arrived, to 1,602 today. Of the 172 international students in the fall of 2014, 60 were new. In fall 2015, the 230 international students, 69 new, at Drew represented 11% of its total population. In fall 2016, those figures climbed to 297, 105 and 14% respectively.

Robert Massa, senior vice president of enrolment and institutional planning at Drew said the numbers have increased over the past few years for two reasons. “First, we have a regional recruiter based in Prague and one on the west coast who also recruits in Asia. We have also been recruiting heavily at U.S. boarding schools that enrol a large number of internationals, so building relationships with high school counsellors here and abroad are critical,” Massa said.

“Second, we contracted four years ago with INTO University Partnerships to bring to Drew students who were not quite ready to be fully admitted to a university in the U.S., but who could benefit from English as a Second Language course and a full two-year for-credit pathway program.”

This fall, Drew has 356 international students, including 98 new ones, indicating the overall number is beginning to flatten out. That trend is reflected nationally. Massa said Drew could have accepted more international students this year but chose not to so they could offer more aid to the students they admitted.

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