by Sierra Dole with Lucy Bryan Green
It’s no secret that the number of non-Pennsylvania admissions at Penn State University Park campus has been increasing for years. In fact, the number of out-of-state and international admissions has increased every year for the past ten years, according to Jill Shockey of the Penn State Public Information Office.
In the past year alone, the number of non-Pennsylvania students increased from 11,799 (30.6 percent of the student body) to 13,115 (33.7 percent of the student body). According to the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions website, 4,621 of those students are international students coming from 131 countries.
The increasing number of international students at Penn State is an important component of the university’s “commitment to diversity,” as outlined by its “Framework to Foster Diversity,” initially implemented in 1998.
However, many students, both international and American, express concern that the university is too distracted by the numbers to focus on integrating these students inside and outside of the classroom. Read more »