Lynn Tops “U.S. News” List in South for Number of International Students

Lynn University also recognized for “Highest Proportion of Classes Under 20” and “Average Amount of Need-Based Aid Awarded”

Published Aug. 20, 2009

In U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue out today, Lynn University was again recognized for having one of the country’s highest concentrations of international students. Lynn was listed as the campus with the highest percentage of international students among master’s degree-granting institutions in the South. With more than 14 percent of undergraduate students at Lynn hailing from other countries, the university’s percentage of non-domestic students was only bested by two other master’s-granting institutions – Fort Hays State University in Kansas (with 34 percent) and Oklahoma City University, which reported that 16 percent of its students were international students in the annual rankings.

Lynn, which last year welcomed students from 84 countries, was first listed as having the highest concentration of international students among peer institutions in the South in the 2006 issue of U.S. News. In 2005, Lynn ranked second in that category, and the university was third in the South in this category in 2004.

This year, the annual rankings also recognized Lynn for having consistently small classes on campus. The university, which actually boasts to visiting students about its lack of large lecture halls, was included as 29th in its category for “Highest Proportion of Classes Under 20.” Lynn also ranked tenth among master’s degree-granting institutions in the South for awarding the largest need-based financial aid packages, on average, and was included in the overall list of top schools within U.S. News’ third tier category.

Lynn’s student population ‘truly’ a quarter international

Though Lynn finished tops in its category – and in the top 15 nationally – for its percentage of international students, Lynn officials say the university’s true concentration of international students is actually closer to 25 percent.

Delsie Phillips, vice president for enrollment management at Lynn, explains that another 10 percent are “truly international students as well.” She explains that a number of international students who attended high school in the U.S., as well as U.S. citizens who have lived exclusively abroad attend Lynn. Together, that means Lynn is even more internationally diverse than it reports federally, and to publications such as U.S. News.

International Recruitment Still Strong at Lynn, Despite Reported Downturn

On the same morning that U.S. News released its annual rankings issue, industry publication InsideHigherEd.com and others reported on news from the Council of Graduate Schools that, for the first time since 2004, “admission of international students to U.S. graduate schools has declined.” It appears that is not the case at Lynn, says Stefano Papaleo, director of international admissions.

“We are seeing a lot of growth in our graduate programs right now – including among international students,” says Papaleo. “We attribute that to our strong international focus here, the continued maturation of our academic programs and reputation, as well as increased interest in graduate options given the current global economic crisis.”

The university is also expecting to field an equally large number of international undergraduate students this fall. Lynn’s new academic year begins Aug. 31.

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