Students had extra time between classes this fall to walk from class to class.

Wooster among ‘leading institutions’ for international students nationally

International enrollment at The College of Wooster remains strong amid challenges of pandemic

November 18, 2020   /  

With a total of 315 international students, The College of Wooster is among the “Leading institutions for International Students,” according to Open Doors, an annual report released Monday and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Wooster ranks 25th among other baccalaureate colleges in the United States based on the actual number of international students studying at the College during the 2019-20 academic year.

“Students from around the world choose Wooster because of the diverse, inclusive, safe, and welcoming community on our campus and for the opportunity to work closely with faculty on incredible research opportunities,” said President Sarah Bolton, noting that more than 65 countries are represented among the total student enrollment of 2,000. “We are honored and fortunate to have so many international students at Wooster. A truly global campus benefits all students—no matter their academic discipline. It creates an exceptional environment for students to learn, grow, and prepare for their futures, as they, study, research, and live in a community with classmates from many different cultures.”

While a recent survey of 700 U.S. higher education institutions by the Institute of International Education shows a 43 percent decline in new international students primarily attributed to the coronavirus pandemic and current administration policies, Wooster’s international student population remains high at more than 300 students or about 17 percent of total students. “We’ve taken steps to ensure that students studying remotely—internationally and in the U.S.—have the resources they need to be successful this year, even under difficult circumstances,” said Bolton.

Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education conducts an annual census of international students in the United States. Named the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, it has long been regarded as the comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars in the United States and on U.S. students studying abroad.

Above: Students had extra time between classes this fall to walk from class to class.