CLU has more international students than ever, owing in part to big increases in this population at the graduate level. The number of foreign nationals studying on campus this fall is 330, about 20 percent higher than last year and more than five times the level of 10 years ago.
An international MBA program that began in fall 2002 has been the biggest driver behind a decade of increases. Meanwhile, international enrollment among traditional undergraduates has risen steadily and stands at 112 students.
The largest sending countries this year are China (63), Taiwan (61), Saudi Arabia (56) and Norway (48). Saudi Arabia boosted its studyabroad scholarship offerings for the year.
Auriane Gamelin of France came for programs in business and global studies, while Abhi Sridharan of Chennai, India (formerly Madras), wanted to take advantage of the “great music program, which focuses on the more contemporary and technological aspect of music than other universities do.”
Thirty-one percent of this year’s first-year and transfer students are the first members of their families to attend college, a slight decrease from last year.
At the same time, the University’s selectivity increased dramatically, with the acceptance rate decreasing from 62 percent to 47 percent. SAT/ACT scores and the percentage of freshmen in the top of their high school classes both increased.