General Studies Attracting More International Applicants

The Columbia Spectator has a story on the spike in international applicants and diversity at the School of General Studies thanks in no small part to their partnership with the American Language Program.

An excerpt from the article:

After ramping up recruitment sessions abroad and developing on-campus opportunities for international students, the School of General Studies’ applicant pool is now nearly 30 percent international.
The increasing number of foreign applicants is indicative of a larger international push by the school for nontraditional students, administrators said.

“In the last year, we’ve been in Europe, we’ve been in Asia, we’ve been to the Middle East and Israel for recruiting,” Curtis Rodgers, GS dean of enrollment, said. “Now, our international applicant pool has grown by about 4 to 5 percentage points over the last three to four years.”

One of GS’s largest feeder countries is Israel, and this summer the school held its first recruitment session in Israel, in Tel Aviv. Dean of Students Tom Harford said that the GS student body is now between 22 and 24 percent international, the highest percentage among Columbia’s undergraduate schools.

Rodgers partially attributed the increase in international students to the launch of the Dual B.A. Program with Sciences Po, a French school, two years ago. The program draws an international applicant pool of 50 percent.

Last year, GS began offering for-credit courses through the American Language Program to students whose primary language is not English. Given the increasing number of international matriculations, administrators decided to offer the classes to help students adjust to college in America and fine-tune their fluency....

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