Frank: CSU enrolls more international students

FORT COLLINS – Colorado State University enrolled its largest-ever class of international students this fall, CSU President Tony Frank said Wednesday.

“We’re bringing more of the world here to Fort Collins,” Frank said.

Frank made the remarks during his fifth annual fall address to students and faculty. Frank praised the program meant to increase the number of international students on campus, though he did not give new enrollment figures.

CSU has ramped up its recruiting efforts of international students, particularly in China. The university has more than tripled its number of undergraduate Chinese students during the past three years, moving from 59 during the 2010-2011 school year to the 190 enrolled as of Februrary. Overall, CSU increased international enrollment by 39 percent from 882 to 1,226 since the 2008-2009 school year.

CSU aims to increase international enrollment to 3,000 by 2020.

The university has working agreements with five major Chinese universities – East China Normal University, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Hunan University, China Agricultural University and Beijing Normal University – and has sought out additional partnerships around the world.

The effort has drawn the attention of the Association of International Educators, which earlier this year recognized the university with its Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

At CSU in Pueblo, international student enrollment rose to about 145 this fall from about 125 last fall, a 9-percent increase based on preliminary figures, said Annie Williams, director for CSU’s Center for International Programs.

“It’s a significant bump,” Williams said.

The university had 78 new students coming from 22 different countries at fall semester orientation. Many of the students came from Brazil.

Besides an improvement in international enrollment, Frank said that the university would unveil “impressive improvements” in freshmen retention rates in a “few weeks.”

“We believe that rate and single-year increase will be the largest that we’ve ever seen and will position us well to attain our six-year goal of an 80-percent graduation rate,” he said.

Frank also announced the launch of the “Ripple Effect,” an initiative to make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.

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