The University of Colorado Boulder enrolled more international students during the 2015-16 academic year and sent more students abroad during the 2014-15 academic year than any other higher education institution in Colorado.
The data, released today by the Institute of International Education in its annual Open Doors Report, show that CU Boulder was home to 2,951 international students during the 2015-16 school year, up from 2,614 in 2014-15.
In addition, CU Boulder sent 1,592 students overseas during the 2014-15 school year, up from 1,541 in 2013-14. Year over year, the total number of U.S. study abroad students enrolled in Colorado was nearly flat with 5,355 in the 2013-14 academic year and 5,350 in 2014-15.
“CU Boulder is committed to bringing in international students, faculty, visiting scholars and staff who pursue some of the greatest academic, research and service activities around the world,” said Mary Kraus, CU Boulder vice provost and associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education. “In addition to receiving a high quality academic experience, these students add great value to our community, our institution and beyond.”
CU Boulder has held the No. 1 spot in Colorado for sending and receiving international students for 14 of the past 15 years, according to CU Boulder’s Office of International Education.
Among higher education institutions across the nation that offer doctoral programs, CU Boulder ranked No. 34 in 2014-15 for overall study abroad participation.
Also, for the first time, the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities across the nation surpassed one million during the 2015-16 academic year—an increase of 7 percent from the previous year to a new high of nearly 1,044,000, representing 5 percent of the total student population at U.S. institutions, according to the report.
The Open Doors Report on the flow of students to and from the United States is released annually in conjunction with International Education Week, which this year is today through Nov. 18. The week of celebration is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
Other top-ranking Colorado institutions recognized in this year’s Open Doors Report include Colorado State University, the University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver and the Colorado School of Mines.