Minnesota State Mankato’s International Student Enrollment Ranks 12th Nationally for 2nd Consecutive Year, 3rd time in 4 Years

November 23, 2021 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – For the second consecutive year, Minnesota State University, Mankato ranks 12th nationally in international student population among master’s institutions, according to an annual “Open Doors Report” recently released by the Institute of International Education.

The rankings, which reflect data from the 2020-21 academic year, list Minnesota State Mankato has having 1,121 international students over the course of that year. It’s the third time (2018, 2020, 2021) in four years Minnesota State Mankato has ranked 12th nationally. The University ranked 14th nationally in the 2019 rankings.

“At Minnesota State Mankato, we’re committed to promoting global solutions and fostering global citizenship on our campus and in the community,” said University President Edward Inch. “We’re proud to consistently be among the national leaders in international student population and aspire to continued growth in the future.”

The international student population rankings are available online here by selecting “Master’s Colleges & Universities” in the drop-down menu on the Web page graphic.

In the fall of 2020, Minnesota State Mankato had international students from 95 different nations, with the most students coming from Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia. Lists of countries represented by international students at Minnesota State Mankato are available here: https://mankato.mnsu.edu/academics/global-education/centers-of-global-education/international-student-services/about-us/population-statistics/

Minnesota State Mankato was ranked 38th among master’s institutions in the 2012 Open Doors international student rankings. Minnesota State Mankato then ranked 34th in 2013, 31st in 2014, 29th in 2015, tied for 23rd in 2016 and 16th in 2017, 12th in 2018, 14th in 2019 and 12th in 2020.

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student population in recent Open Doors reports were 1,554 in 2020; 1,583 in 2019; 1,614 in the 2018 report; 1,374 in the 2017 report; 1,281 in the 2016 report; 1,228 in the 2015 report; 1,044 in the 2014 report; 885 in the 2013 report; and 770 in the 2012 report. (Note: Figures used in each report are from the preceding fall. For example, the November 2021 report reflects fall 2020 enrollment data.)

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student population and their families have made a positive impact on the local economy, contributing $26.3 million that supported 130 jobs in the local economy, according to a 2020 NAFSA report available here:

Global Education at Minnesota State Mankato comprises the Office of the Dean and the University’s three Centers in Global Education: The Center for Global Engagement, Kearney International Center and the Center for English Language Programs.

More information about global education at Minnesota State Mankato is available here: https://www.mnsu.edu/globaled/

Those with additional questions about international student enrollment at Minnesota State Mankato may contact Interim Dean of Global Education Anne Dahlman by email at anne.dahlman@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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