About 150 international students came to Western in 2014-15

Submitted by gallagm7 on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:37am

The number of international students at Western remained steady from 2013 to 2014.  In Fall 2014 there were a total of 149 international students: 89 undergraduate, 15 graduate, 42 exchange and three post‐baccalaureate.

Some statistical highlights of the international student population: 

  • The top countries of origin were Canada, Vietnam, Japan, China and South Korea. Students from Vietnam, China and Saudi Arabia have been steadily increasing and the number of students from South Korea and Japan have stayed about the same.
  • About one‐third of international students transferred to Western from community colleges, an increase from the previous year. Fall quarter showed about the same number for new international freshmen. Numbers of new freshmen and transfer students may increase due to new Admissions scholarships offered to new students, the addition of articulation agreements between community colleges in the state of Washington and Western, and initiatives by Western to increase outreach to prospective international students.
  • Western continued to receive students through the Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD), which included five students on sponsored scholarships from the US Department of State. This added to the diversity of international students overall with students coming from non‐traditional destinations like Algeria, Jordan, Ghana and Pakistan.
  • The top fields of study are Business Administration & Management, Accounting, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Computer Science and Psychology.
  • The number of international scholars remained steady while the number of international faculty in H‐1B status increased due to more hiring by academic departments, especially in Engineering and Design.