SUU Ranked Nationally for Number of International Students

Published: December 04, 2020 | Author: David Bishop | Read Time: 1 minutes

SUU top for international studentsSouthern Utah University has been ranked the nation’s 35th highest master’s degree-granting university for attracting international students. That’s according to the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. The Open Doors report is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

SUU is the only Utah university ranked in the top 40 in any of the categories rated by the annual Open Doors report.

“The university has been very intentional about growing enrollment from around the world. We are excited to see how our work is paying off,” said Dr. Stephen Allen, SUU’s associate provost for international affairs. “With nearly 70 countries represented on campus, international students enrich the classroom by bringing together people from multiple cultures that makes for a lively and productive learning experience and prepares our students for the world.”

In the academic year 2019-2020, SUU had 711 international students enrolled in classes, an all-time high. The number of international students has grown every year since 2014.

International students bring a significant economic impact to the United States contributing $44 billion annually and Utah supporting 2,345 jobs with a financial contribution of $236.5 million, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

SUU ranks third in Utah behind the University of Utah and Brigham Young University for the economic impact associated with international students, supporting 134 jobs with a financial contribution of $23.8 million.

The impact of international students is more than financial. A recent study by the Higher Education Policy Institute found that 62 leaders of other countries were educated in the United States. Other research shows that international students educated in other countries develop a trust with that country leading to additional travel and business opportunities.

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