International student enrollment increasing

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Christy Riddle, Director of Delta State’s Student Success Center, which hosts the International Student Services office.

Delta State University has seen a dramatic increase in the enrollment of international students during the last three years. This past fall, 129 international students enrolled at Delta State—doubling the number of international students enrolled just three years ago. In addition, Delta State is sponsoring 14 post-graduate internships, bringing international student enrollment to nearly 150 students.

Another mark of success is a retention rate of 96 percent for international students. The inclusion of international students on campus is a benefit not only to the institution as a whole but also to the Delta State student body. Many Delta State students will never have an opportunity to travel to other countries, so having the opportunity to meet, study, and interact with international students gives them an opportunity to learn about different cultures and perspectives.

In other news on campus, students interested in becoming more involved on campus will have an opportunity to learn about all of Delta State’s student organizations during an Involvement Fair on Wednesday, January 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Second Floor Lobby of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. On Friday, January 20, at 7 p.m., the Wiley Planetarium will host a show titled “Cosmic Safari,” which shows what living creatures might look like on other planets. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 12, senior citizens, and Delta State students, faculty and staff who present a valid Okra card.

Keep up with all of our news, events and activities by visiting our web site www.deltastate.edu.

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