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    Incoming International Class Increases By 30 Percent

    Efforts to promote and encourage diversity at the University continue to be a success as the Office of International Programs (OIP) welcomes 215 new international students to campus this semester—a 30 percent increase over last year’s incoming class.

    “This is the largest incoming fall population we have seen in over 10 years,” said Joe DeCrosta, director of the OIP. “We believe that this is the result of a creative, multifaceted recruitment approach that understands that the student is at the center of it all. Many academic and administrative partners on campus realize the value of international students on campus and contribute to this continued success.”

    The presence of international students is a testament to the Spiritan mission’s focus on global diversity. International students contribute greatly to University classrooms and community by sharing diverse cultural and linguistic perspectives. Diversity is a part of many activities and programs, and is a focus for development within Duquesne’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.

    “Through [international students], we learn about the world beyond our campus, our city and our nation through everyday conversations and scholarship in the classroom,” DeCrosta explained. “Moving halfway around the world, leaving families and friends and all that is familiar is a courageous act that should be acknowledged both on an academic and a personal level.”

    Duquesne students hail from nearly every state and more than 80 countries.

    The top five countries with the most students at Duquesne are:

    1. China
    2. Saudi Arabia
    3. India
    4. South Korea
    5. Canada

    To learn more about the international student program for coming to Duquesne or for Duquesne students to study abroad, visit www.duq.edu/international-programs.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.