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U.S. Universities Grow Global Campus Communities with INTO University Partnerships

09 Nov 2015 10823

SAN DIEGO, November 9, 2015 — Today INTO University Partnerships announced record-breaking international enrollment figures for its U.S. joint ventures, including double- and triple-digit growth in its Pathway and English language programs at four of its seven partner universities.

The University of South Florida, which launched its partnership with INTO in 2010, reached an all-time high in the number of international students supported by the joint venture. With 1,229 students from more than 60 countries currently enrolled in INTO USF programs, the center has more than doubled its student body since fall 2012, leading to a rapid increase in the total international enrollment at the university.

Based in San Diego, INTO North America is the U.S. headquarters for INTO University Partnerships, a global higher educational company with regional offices also in the United Kingdom and China. INTO helps universities expand access for international students by significantly increasing international recruitment efforts and creating integrated academic programs, called Pathways, and customized social programs that help promising international students adapt quickly and perform successfully in the U.S. higher education system.

“The partnership with INTO has aligned exceptionally well with USF’s long-term global initiatives,” said Ralph Wilcox, provost and executive vice president at the University of South Florida. “Our integrative model engages all corners of the university campus to create an environment where international students can thrive.”

A recent survey revealed student satisfaction rates in excess of 90 percent with areas like housing and their first week at INTO USF. “Creating a global university requires more than just increasing the number of international students, but expanding opportunities for them to become meaningful contributors to the campus community,” said Wilcox. “Every aspect of the student experience, from residential life to learning, offers a level of inclusion that students experience from the day they arrive.”

After welcoming their first cohort of Pathway students in the fall of 2014, George Mason University and Drew University have experienced rapid international growth. Drew, INTO’s first liberal arts university partner, saw a 125 percent spike in Pathway enrollment since spring term. INTO Mason nearly doubled the number of new international students.

“Mason’s partnership with INTO has yielded remarkable growth in the number of new academic-bound international students,” said S. David Wu, PhD, provost and executive vice president of George Mason University. “This partnership helps to increase access to a U.S. education in one of the world’s most dynamic metropolitan regions, and at the same time, helps Mason to build a diverse and enriching educational environment for all students. Most importantly, it helps us to fulfill Mason's commitment to create the next generation of global citizens.”

In September 2015, INTO announced its seventh partnership with Saint Louis University. Ranked as one of the top-100 national universities in the U.S., SLU is the first of 28 U.S. Jesuit institutions to enter into this type of joint venture.

“An INTO partnership is a unique and collaborative endeavor built upon an unwavering, joint commitment to student success,” said Mary Jane Miller, chief operating officer for INTO North America. “Program growth and student outcomes demonstrate that our model of emphasizing full campus integration and providing exceptional academic and social support allows international students the foundation they need to adapt to and flourish within the U.S. higher education community.”

Miller also explained how the partnerships’ economic impact extends beyond the university, transforming the surrounding communities. In September 2014, the Brookings Institution identified Corvallis, Ore., home to INTO’s first U.S. partner, Oregon State University, as the fastest growing U.S. metropolitan area for international student visa growth. Currently, OSU accounts for 27 percent of international students in the state of Oregon, a figure that’s increased by more than 10 percent since the center’s establishment in 2008. NASFA, the Association of International Educators, estimates that the influx of international students is responsible for creating and supporting more than 5,000 jobs across the state.

According to the 2014 Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education, there’s been a steady increase in international students pursuing graduate degrees in the U.S., a trend demonstrated at INTO’s third most mature partner, Colorado State University. Since the center’s establishment in 2012, INTO CSU continues to grow its Graduate Pathway program enrollment, up more than 13 percent from August 2014 to August 2015. INTO CSU’s most popular Graduate Pathway program in electrical and computer engineering doubled in size, a department that’s developed seven new Pathway programs set to launch in Spring 2016.

INTO Marshall University, which saw a 62 percent surge in the number of students seeking graduate degrees over last fall, has taken significant strides in empowering the international students on its West Virginia campus. In April 2015, Marshall’s Student Government Association voted to add two new senate seats for international students in the INTO Marshall programs, strengthening the students’ voice in both the campus and local communities.

Success at INTO’s U.S. centers is measured not only by the size and diversity of each year’s incoming class, but also by students’ academic achievements and satisfaction with their experience. USF’s Trang Luong first arrived in the U.S. from Vietnam in 2011 to begin the INTO USF Pathway program in science. This summer, she earned her undergraduate degree along with an impressive list of accolades including being named the New Face of Engineering,College Edition 2014 by DiscoverE., which recognizes the best and brightest engineering students whose academic success has positioned them to make an impact. Most recently, she became the first international student to receive USF’s Outstanding Graduate Award, an honor given to a graduating senior who embodies leadership, school spirit, academic excellence and community involvement.

“When I first came to the U.S. to study, I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to study. USF helped guide me to explore my potential talents through constant academic support,” said Luong. “I truly have found myself at USF.”

Pathway alumnus Feng Qiu honored his alma mater with the ultimate compliment. The China native and 2015 MBA graduate used Austin Hall, the home of OSU’s College of Business, as inspiration for his first child’s name. He and his wife welcomed their son, Austin, in March.

“This is the place where I studied hard and changed my life, and I wanted to remember this beauty forever.”

 

ABOUT INTO
In partnership with leading world universities, INTO University Partnerships create highly supportive academic environments, establish state-of-the-art learning and living spaces and deliver university-designed academic programs. Since 2006, INTO has established partnerships with 21 universities in the UK, the US and China. These partnerships have helped more than 15,000 international students from more than 130 countries begin their academic studies at partner institutions in North America, including Oregon State University, the University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University, George Mason University, Drew University and Saint Louis University. More information can be found at www.into-corporate.com/ or follow INTO on Twitter:INTO@INTOnetwork.

 

 

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