Oklahonma State University Reports Increase in International Graduate Students

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Oklahoma State University has a higher enrollment of international graduate students this fall compared to the national average, according to reports released by the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C.

Nationwide, offers of admission for international applicants to U.S. graduate schools decreased slightly from 2008, the first decline since 2004. The number of new international graduate student enrollments stayed roughly the same, however, causing the first- time enrollment to flat-line across the country.

At OSU the first-time enrollment of international graduate students increased nearly 12 percent this fall to 341 students from 305 a year earlier, said Gordon Emslie, dean of the OSU Graduate College. Total international graduate student enrollment at OSU increased to 1,341 students, up 8.58 percent from a year earlier.

"International graduate student enrollment is at a six-year high for OSU," Emslie said. "While the number of admission offers is a good indication of the strength of an applicant pool, it is the number of new enrollments that provides the best indicator of the attractiveness of an institution's programs to prospective students."

Enrollment of new international students at OSU was up in almost all fields of study, including the humanities, engineering, physical sciences and life sciences. …