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students do not even get a choice of where
they'll study. So the U.S. higher education
system, and the liberal arts in particular, are
appealing to many international students."

Recruiting International Students

COURTESY OF PELUMI BOTTI

BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

Bryn Mawr college students at May Day celebration.

cent in 2014), the college hosts about 400
international students from 70 countries.
Additionally, more than 25 percent of the
college's faculty was born outside the United
States. The college received NAFSA's Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive
Internationalization in 2015 for excellence
in international education.
Bryn Mawr's international students comprise 25 percent of the student population.
At Smith, 14 percent of the students come
from abroad, and international students
comprise 13 percent of the student body
at Wellesley College. A strong presence of
international students on campus promotes
intercultural understanding, says Susan
Sutton, senior adviser for international initiatives at Bryn Mawr. "Think of what it means
for our students at Bryn Mawr to have oneout-of-four students be an international
student," Sutton says. "What it means is that
we have international experience in dialogue
right on campus all the time-every day in
every single class. All students gain in terms
of learning about the world as a whole, in
terms of developing a sense of global citizenship and preparing themselves for careers. So
everybody gains from creating a truly global
community right here on campus."
While there are no definitive answers for
why significant numbers of international
students are choosing exclusively female institutions, administrators believe a combination
of factors is at work. For many international
students, college rankings from U.S. News
and World Report, as well as other sources,
are a critical starting point in the college
search. Reputation typically matters for them,
and Mount Holyoke, Bryn Mawr, Smith, and

Wellesley all typically place among the top
U.S. institutions. Additionally, the liberal arts
college-whether single-sex or co-ed-has
a growing appeal for international students.
"There seems to be an excitement about
the concept of not having to know what you
want to do when you arrive on campus," says
Karen Kristof, senior associate director of admissions at Smith College. "The liberal arts
approach is very much the opposite of many
higher education systems around the world.
In China, for example, students often have to
know what they want to study or what career
they want to pursue as soon as they enroll-and many times, they are assigned to a
particular discipline according to their scores
on the entrance exams. And in some cases

For some institutions, such as Bryn Mawr,
the rise in international students has come
naturally, without much additional effort by
the admissions team. Others have made a
strategic effort to draw greater numbers of
international students to campus. At Smith,
that commitment began about five years ago
to recruit a geographically diverse group of
international students. The institution's administration backed this strategic initiative by
providing resources to boost financial aid for
international students, to hire an additional international admissions recruiter, and to bring
school counselors from other countries to
the Smith campus. The college supplements
staff efforts by engaging students, faculty, and
alumni who are traveling abroad in sharing
the Smith story and building relationships
with prospective international students.
"International students don't often have a
chance to visit campus, so they gravitate to
whatever information they can find about
the campus," Kristof says. "Smith needs to
have a presence in the countries where we're

Pelumi Botti, from Nigeria, attends Wellesley College.
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