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MSU Mankato international students add $30.1 million to local economy

Minnesota State University, Mankato is tied for 23rd nationally with Bentley University in Massachusetts for master’s institutions in international student population, moving up six spots since last year. The annual “Open Doors Report” report by the Institute of International Education shows that MSU now has the largest international student population of any master’s level university in Minnesota.

This year’s report listed the university as having 1,281 international students, and over the past six years, Minnesota State Mankato’s rising international student enrollment has approximately doubled in size.

University President Richard Davenport says, “Global Education at Minnesota State Mankato continues to work with countries around the world to showcase the opportunities we have for international students to study on our campus as well as for our current students to study abroad.”

The increase in international students has also made a positive impact on the local economy. The analysis shows that international students and their families contributed $30.1 million that support 184 jobs in the local economy during the 2015-16 year, up $2.1 million from one year ago.

This year, Minnesota State Mankato has international students from 95 different nations, with the most students coming from Saudi Arabia, India, South Korea, Nepal and Bangladesh.