“U.S. News” ranks Lynn number one in South for percentage of international students

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

Published Aug. 17, 2010

For the fifth year in a row U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue recognized Lynn University for having the highest concentration of international students for Regional Universities in the South and gave the school high marks for small class sizes and amount of need-based aid given.

In the annual rankings announced today, the school’s official percentage of international students increased from 14 percent in 2010’s rankings to 15 percent for 2011’s list. This makes Lynn 11th in the nation—an improvement from 15th last year. The university’s percentage of non-domestic students was only bested by two other Regional Universities—Oklahoma City University (with 18 percent) and Niagara University, which reported that 16 percent of its students were international in the annual rankings.

With students from more than 80 nations, Lynn recognizes the value of an international perspective for students, faculty and the larger community. "Our large, broad mix of international students allows all students, both international and domestic, to have multicultural experiences," said Stefano Papaleo, director of international admissions. "Class discussions are much richer when students from several different cultures have a chance to interact. And understanding different cultures is important for students, both personally and professionally, as technologies continue to drive globalization of commerce and communications.”

U.S. News & World Report also recognized Lynn for having consistently small classes on campus. The university improved from 29th in 2010 to 21st in the 2011 ranking for “Highest Proportion of Classes Under 20” among Regional Universities in the South. This was also reflected in the student to teacher ratio of only 16/1. Lynn also ranked tenth among Regional Universities in the South for awarding the largest average amount of need-based financial aid packages, its second year rounding out the top 10, and was included in the overall top 100 Regional Universities in the South.

Academic strength of incoming freshman continues to improve

Lynn’s 2009 freshman class continued to show the school’s academic strengthening. Nearly a quarter of the incoming class (23 percent) was in the top 25 percent of their high school class academically. This continues three years of solid improvements in academic prowess for incoming freshman. In 2008, 15 percent of incoming freshman were from the top quarter of their high school class and in 2007 only nine percent came from this group.