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University's International Enrollment Moves Up in National Rankings

Minnesota State Mankato is tied for 23rd nationally in international student enrollment among master's institutions.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-2-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato has moved up from a ranking of 29th to a tie for 23rd nationally (with Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.) among master’s institutions in international student population, according to an annual “Open Doors Report” released Monday, Nov. 14 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, 31st in 2014 and 29th in 2015.

Minnesota State Mankato now has the largest international student population of any master’s level university in Minnesota.

This year’s report listed Minnesota State Mankato as having 1,281 international students, up from 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 2016 report reflects fall 2015 enrollment data.)

In the last six years, Minnesota State Mankato’s rising international student enrollment has approximately doubled in size.

“We’re proud that our international student population has moved up 15 spots to 23rd nationally in the past five years,” said University President Richard Davenport. “Global Education at Minnesota State Mankato continues to work with countries around the world to showcase the opportunities we have for international students to study on our campus as well as for our current students to study abroad.”

The rankings are available here:

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 $30.1 million that support 184 jobs in the local economy during the 2015-16 year, up $2.1 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 15,110 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 2016, Minnesota State Mankato has international students from 95 different nations, with the most students coming from Saudi Arabia, India, South Korea, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Lists of countries represented by international students at Minnesota State Mankato from 2008 through the spring of 2016 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 who are available to reply to questions.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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