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University Ranks 16th Nationally Among Master's Institutions in International Student Enrollment

International students contribute $33.3 million to local economy, according to report.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-20-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato has moved up from being tied for 23rd to a ranking of 16th nationally among master’s institutions in international student population, according to an annual “Open Doors Report” released Monday, Nov. 13 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, 29th in 2015 and tied for 23rd in 2016.

This year’s report listed Minnesota State Mankato as having 1,374 international students, up from 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 2017 report reflects fall 2016 enrollment data.)

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

“Minnesota State Mankato’s continued international student growth reflects our University’s commitment to serving the global community as well as our state and region,” said University President Richard Davenport. “Our international students come from nearly 100 countries, and we continue to work on creating new opportunities. Just this summer we signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that will allow the University to collaborate with a number of public and private agencies and institutions on a variety of mutually beneficial activities.”

“We’ve also increased study-abroad opportunities during this time period for domestic students attending the university,” said Davenport. “Our dean of Global Education, Dr. Stephen Stoynoff, deserves much of the credit for our success in enrolling international students and growing our international partnerships.”

The international student population rankings are available online here by clicking on the “Leading Institutions by Institutional Type” tab and then selecting “Master’s Colleges & Universities in the drop-down menu.

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 $33.3 million that support 196 jobs in the local economy during the 2016-17 year, up $3.2 million from the same report issued one year ago. The report is available here.

In the spring of 2017, Minnesota State Mankato had international students from 97 different nations, with the most students coming from Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, India, Nigeria and Bangladesh. Lists of countries represented by international students at Minnesota State Mankato from 2008 through the spring of 2017 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 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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