Minnesota State Mankato Ranks 8th Nationally in International Students in 2023 Open Doors Report

No. 8 national rank is highest ever for University

November 16, 2023 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato moved up one spot and ranks eighth nationally in international student population among master’s institutions, according to the annual Open Doors Report and press release released Monday by the Institute of International Education.

The rankings, which reflect data from the 2022-23 academic year, list Minnesota State Mankato as having 1,711 international students during the fall 2022 semester.

The No. 8 national ranking in international students among master’s institutions is Minnesota State Mankato’s highest ever. The University ranked ninth nationally last year, its first year in the nation’s top 10. Minnesota State Mankato was 12th in 2018, 2020 and 2021.

“We’re proud of our No. 8 national ranking and that international students are choosing Minnesota State Mankato to pursue their higher education goals,” said University President Edward Inch. “We know that community support and the positive experiences and recommendations of our previous international students have helped our international student population continue to grow. One way our community shows its support is through its attendance at the annual Mankato Area International Festival. Thanks to everyone who attended that event this past Sunday and demonstrated how important our international students are to our University and community.”

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 2022, Minnesota State Mankato had international students from 98 different nations, with the most students coming from Ethiopia, Nepal and Republic of Korea. Lists of countries represented by international students at Minnesota State Mankato are available here: https://www.mnsu.edu/academics/global-education/centers-of-global-education/international-student-services/about-us/population-statistics/

Minnesota State Mankato has moved up steadily in the Open Doors Report rankings since 2012, when the University ranked 38th nationally in international student population. Minnesota State Mankato ranked 34th in 2013, 31st in 2014, 29th in 2015, tied for 23rd in 2016, 16th in 2017, 12th in 2018, 14th in 2019, 12th in both 2020 and 2021 and 9th in 2022.

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student population in recent Open Doors reports were 1,751 in the 2022 report; 1,121 in 2021; 1,554 in 2020; 1,583 in 2019; 1,614 in 2018; 1,374 in 2017; 1,281 in 2016; 1,228 in 2015; 1,044 in 2014; 885 in 2013; and 770 in 2012. (Note: Figures used in each report are from the preceding fall. For example, the November 2023 report reflects fall 2022 data.)

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student population and their families have made a positive economic impact, contributing $44.9 million that supported 193 jobs in the local economy, according to a 2022 NAFSA report available here: https://www.nafsa.org/isev/reports/district?year=2022&state=MN&district=01

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 Associate Provost and Dean of Global Education Anne Dahlman by email at anne.dahlman@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,635 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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