MSU Reports Largest Amount of Foreign Countries Represented at University

After years of bringing in students from the Caribbean, university officials are now broadening their recruitment efforts.

This semester a record breaking number of foreign countries are represented on campus.

Midwestern State University is not exactly close to home for students from places like Antigua in the Caribbean, but Natisha Joseph says the university's many student organizations make that long distance well worth it.

“There is a lot of different organizations at MSU. They get us all involved, I'm involved with the Caribbean student organizations and they push us,” she said. 

And the university has also been pushing, to pull in more students from all over the world.

“It brings more of a cultural pallet to Wichita Falls, it also looks good for MSU, looking better as a university and really reaching out and spreading our liberal arts curriculum to those sorts of students,” said Elizabeth Rodriguez, the MSU International Immigration Specialist.

The university set a record this year with 51 countries represented on campus and they are now reaching out to prospective students in China.

“There are a lot of smart and able students [in China], as well as economy to Wichita Falls and a majority of those students are mechanical engineering students and so that helps with MSU and growing that program and getting reputable students,” said Rodriguez.

One of those students is Joy Cheng, who says she's been overwhelmed by the southern hospitality here.

“The first day I come and everybody just welcomes you. They treat you like a friend, they treat you like a really good friend,” she said. 

Which is certainly a selling point for the university as officials continue to grow their international enrollment in the future.

Midwestern State says the Caribbean is where most of their international students come from. This year they report just under 50 students from the Caribbean nations of Antigua and Barbuda.

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