BY BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
U.S. News & World Report recently released an inaugural list of the Top Universities for International Students. Bowling Green State University ranked in the top 75 of public universities offering resources to help international students adapt to and graduate from U.S.-based schools.
“As international students consider their U.S. university options, it is vital that they understand whether schools will offer them financial aid, English labs, housing and dining services during holidays, and other services,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “This list is a natural extension of our mission with the Best Colleges rankings, which have helped students and their families make decisions about their education for more than 30 years.”
The Top Universities for International Students range from private institutions, such as Columbia University in New York, American University in Washington, D.C., and California Institute of Technology, to public schools, including the University of Virginia, Mississippi State University and East Carolina University.
“We have always strived to make our campuses welcoming to international students, and these rankings confirm that our efforts to help them assimilate to the U.S. and northwest Ohio are working,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. “Our faculty and staff are world class, and are committed to helping our students succeed here and in life.”
Through the dedicated team of the International Programs and Partnerships (IPP) office, BGSU offers its “global falcons” immigration support services, different programs to acclimate international students to American culture, opportunities to engage with the campus community, and the advising they need to succeed, said Dr. Marcia Salazar-Valentine, IPP executive director.
“Our team advocates for international students throughout their career at the University and welcomes them each and every day at our office at 301 University Hall,” she said.
To compile the list, U.S. News began with the National Universities in its annual Best Colleges rankings and then evaluated those that best support the needs of international students. Nineteen initial indicators were combined, in some cases, to create the six final indicators used in the analysis. These include graduation and retention rates for international students, availability of English as a Second Language programs and grant aid to international students. U.S. News developed the methodology with input from U.S. News Global Education, a company dedicated to connecting international students with the top universities in the United States.
Prospective students visiting usnews.com/colleges and subscribers to U.S. News College Compass can access the complete data for all of the National Universities, including information on graduation rates, student life, enrollment and more.
The new education initiative serves U.S. News’ broader mission of providing trusted information and rankings to help students navigate their higher education options. U.S. News publishes annual rankings of the Best Colleges, Best Global Universities, Best Online Programs and Best Graduate Schools.