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University Ranks 31st Nationally in International Student Enrollment

Minnesota State Mankato ranked 38th in 2012, 34th in 2013 and is ranked 31st in 2014.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-25-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato has moved up from a ranking of 34th to 31st nationally among master’s institutions in international student population, according to an annual “Open Doors Report” recently released by the Institute of International Education.

Minnesota State Mankato has moved up in the rankings in each of the last two years. The University was ranked 38th in the 2012 Open Doors Report and 34th in 2013.

The 2014 report listed Minnesota State Mankato as having 1,044 international students, up from 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 2014 report reflects fall 2013 enrollment data.)

“Minnesota State University, Mankato believes strongly in the value of study abroad programs and enrollment of international students to strengthen the university’s focus on internationalizing the campus and enhancing a globalized education,” said University President Richard Davenport. “Currently, we have students from 90 countries and we hope to increase student representatives from an even greater number of countries around the world.”

The rankings are available here.

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student enrollment has been on the rise in the last nine years with a 95 % increase between the 2005 and 2013 fall terms.

The increase in international students has made a positive impact on the local economy.

According to the Open Doors and The Association for International Educators analysis, Minnesota State Mankato international students and their families contributed $23.8 million to the local economy during the 2013-14 year, up more than $4.5 million from the same report issued one year ago.

The University’s enrollment goals include increasing overall student enrollment from its current 15,376 to 17,000 and increasing international student enrollment is a critical part of that goal, according to Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management David Jones.

In 2014, Minnesota State Mankato has international students from 90 different nations, with the most students coming from Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India, Brazil and Bangladesh.

The University has been selected to receive U.S. Department of State-funded students by organizations like the Institute for International Education, The International Research and Exchange Board, and World Learning, which send students via the William Fulbright, the Global Undergraduate Exchange Programs In Eurasia, Central Asia, Pakistan, East Asia and the Pacific, Serbia and Montenegro, in addition to the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Currently there are more than 90 students on these programs at Minnesota State Mankato.

A list of countries represented by international students at Minnesota State Mankato in the fall of 2014 is available online.

For more information about international student enrollment at Minnesota State Mankato, please contact Tom Gjersvig, director of international student and scholar services, by phone at 507-389-5204 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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