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Minnesota State Mankato International Student Enrollment moves up in National Rankings

University ranks 29th among master's institutions. International students contribute $28 million to local economy.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-20-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato has moved up from a ranking of 31st to 29th nationally among master’s institutions in international student population, according to an annual “Open Doors Report” released Monday, Nov. 16 by the Institute of International Education.

The report reflects a continued climb up the national rankings for Minnesota State Mankato, which was ranked 38th in the 2012 Open Doors Report, 34th in 2013 and 31st last year.

This year’s report listed Minnesota State Mankato as having 1,228 international students, up from 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 2015 report reflects fall 2014 enrollment data.)

“We’re proud to again be one of the leading institutions nationally in the Open Doors Report,” said University President Richard Davenport. “At Minnesota State University, Mankato, we are committed to continuing to grow our international student population as well as opportunities for our students to study abroad. In addition, we are working closely with colleagues from around the world to build and expand international friendships and partnerships.”

The rankings are available here:

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student enrollment has been on the rise and has doubled in size in the last five years.

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 $28 million that support 175 jobs in the local economy during the 2014-15 year, up $4.2 million from the same report issued one year ago. The report is available here:

The University’s enrollment goals include increasing overall student enrollment from its current 15,193 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 2015, Minnesota State Mankato has international students from 90 different nations, with the most students coming from Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In addition, the University has been selected by a record five new entering United States Department of State Fulbright Scholars to earn degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Lists of countries represented by international students at Minnesota State Mankato from 2008 through 2014 are available here:

More information about global education at Minnesota State Mankato is available here:

Those with additional questions about international student enrollment at Minnesota State Mankato may contact Cheryl Azarbod, administrative assistant in the University’s Global Education office, by phone at 507-389-2900 or by email at She will assist in contacting administrators or staff members, as appropriate, that are available to reply to questions.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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