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SFSU ranked No. 1 in U.S. among master's institutions for international students



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


More than 2,000 foreign students from nearly 100 countries attend the University

SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2005 -- San Francisco State University has more international students than any other master's degree-granting institution in the United States, according to 2004-05 figures released Monday by the Institute of International Education.

This marks the first time that SFSU has ever been ranked No. 1 for international students. The University was No. 2 in each of the previous five years.

The rankings are based on the most recently completed academic year, 2004-05. The number of international students at SFSU last fall was 2,157. While the University's international student population has more than doubled since 1994, it has decreased somewhat the past two years.

This fall there are 2,016 international students at SFSU, representing 94 countries.

Yenbo Wu, SFSU director of international programs, attributes the decrease -- which reflects a nationwide trend -- to stricter federal regulations in obtaining student visas. As a result, more foreign students are seeking to study abroad in other English speaking countries such as England, Canada or Australia.

"We are working hard to reverse this downward trend," Wu said, noting SFSU's extensive efforts to recruit international students. "The education of foreign and domestic students alike mutually benefit from their presence on campus."

A welcome reception for international students will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Vista Room, located on the fourth floor of Burk Hall on the SFSU campus, as part of the University's celebration of International Education Week. SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan and the SFSU Office of International Programs will host the reception. Reporters are welcome to attend the reception, which is expected to draw a large crowd of international students.

Last fall, matriculated international students at SFSU represented 99 countries of origin. The University remains a top destination for students from Asian countries. They comprised nearly 75 percent of the University's international student body. Japan topped the list with 442 students, as it has since SFSU began tracking countries of origin in 1994. The other top countries of origin were Taiwan (216 students), South Korea (136), mainland China (128), and India (102).

Business administration remained the most popular field of study (282 students), followed by computer science (112), international business (94), accounting (78), and teaching English to speakers of other languages (78).

Of the 1,917 matriculated international students, 697 were graduate students.

Matriculated students do not include those enrolled through SFSU's College of Extended Learning or American Language Institute, as well as some other short-term visitors, students and scholars.

For detailed nationwide data on international students, visit the Institute of International Education's Web site at:

For more information on SFSU international programs, call (415) 338-1293 or visit:

One of the largest campuses in the CSU system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.


NOTE: Yenbo Wu, SFSU director of international programs, may be contacted directly at (415) 338-6377 or To schedule interviews with SFSU international students, contact Matt Itelson of the SFSU Office of Public Affairs and Publications at (415) 338-1743 or Reporters may also interview students at the welcome reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Vista Room (fourth floor of Burk Hall) on the SFSU campus, located at 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue) in San Francisco.


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