The University of Central Oklahoma has again been recognized as a top institution of higher learning for international students in the latest Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, moving up one spot to 13 in the rankings for international student enrollment among all master’s level institutions in the United States. Central is the only university of any type in Oklahoma to be ranked in the top 40 of the Open Doors Report.
The latest ranking uses data from the 2013-14 academic year.
International students at Central represent 84 countries and 9 percent of the student body. Students from Saudi Arabia, China, Korea, Nepal and Vietnam make up about 67 percent of UCO’s international enrollment.
“UCO is a great place for international students — it stands out as a first class university in a growing metropolitan area. In addition to the amenities Central's location offers, it is the only university in the state with an International House, which focuses on bringing American students and international students together for understanding and friendship,” said Dennis Dunham, Ph.D., executive director of the Office of Global Affairs at Central.
International students consistently cite Central’s small class sizes, quality faculty-student interaction, history and affordability as top reasons for selecting the university.
Additionally, programs like Central’s “Broncho Buddies” and “Community Responding to International Students Program” (CRISP) help to make international students feel at home in Oklahoma. These intercultural experiences help international students make local connections through planned activities — with current UCO students, in the case of Broncho Buddies, and with Edmond and Oklahoma City metro area families, for CRISP.
Central’s International Student Council, this year with representatives from countries like India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malaysia and Taiwan, builds cross-cultural communication, involves international students in campus activities, assures a voice for international students’ concerns, and develops internship and scholarship opportunities for international students.
Dunham noted that it is programs like these, along with dedicated faculty, that keep Central’s international enrollment high.
“UCO’s faculty make the work of the Office of Global Affairs easy. They provide outstanding educational experiences for our international students, but beyond that, they are so kind and helpful. Our job is simply to go to students who don’t know this and tell them,” Dunham added.
For more information about the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, visit www.iie.org/opendoors.
For more information about Central’s international programs, visit www.uco.edu/international.