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Ohio Wesleyan Attracts Large Numbers of International Scholars

November 26, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University has the highest percentage of international students among undergraduate, bachelor-degree-granting colleges in Ohio and the 11th highest percentage among similar colleges nationwide, a new report states.

According to the latest “Open Doors” report, conducted by the Institute of International Education, 193 international students attended Ohio Wesleyan during the 2007-08 academic year, accounting for 10.1 percent of the campus population. Ohio Wesleyan’s students represented 50 countries last year, including the United States, with the largest numbers of international students coming from Pakistan, Vietnam, and the People’s Republic of China.

“It is our great fortune to have students from every continent studying at Ohio Wesleyan University,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “This richness of cultural experiences enhances the liberal arts education that we provide and helps us to prepare students to be leaders in the global society.”

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 approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

Additional information about the 2007-08 “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 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.