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Ohio Wesleyan University Attracts High Number of International Scholars

November 19, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University has the highest percentage of international students among undergraduate, bachelor-degree-granting colleges in Ohio and the 14th highest percentage among similar colleges nationwide, a new report states.

According to the latest “Open Doors” report, conducted by the Institute of International Education, 165 international students attended Ohio Wesleyan during the 2006-07 academic year, accounting for 9.1 percent of the campus population. Ohio Wesleyan’s students represented 45 countries last year, including the United States, with the largest numbers of international students coming from India, Pakistan, and Nepal.

“This is exciting news,” said Margaret L. Drugovich, E.D.M., vice president for strategic communications and university enrollment. “As a liberal arts institution, Ohio Wesleyan strives to provide all students with a wealth of educational and cultural experiences. Having such a diverse population allows students to explore and understand issues in a global context.”

The Institute of International Education is the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. Its annual “Open Doors” report is published with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Information used in the report is obtained through surveys sent to more than 2,800 accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

Additional information about the 2006-07 “Open Doors” report is available online at opendoors.iienetwork.org.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.