EIU Reports an Increase in International Students

Feb 8, 2019

Enrollment data at Eastern Illinois University show the school has more international students this semester representing more countries.

The (Charleston) Times-Courier and Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports this spring semester there are 332 international students from 55 countries on campus. That's compared with 327 students from 39 countries this time last year.

EIU officials have said visa denials have affected international enrollment. School officials say about 130 international students who would have been accepted this semester were denied visas.

Officials say in response the school has been diversifying recruitment efforts, including trying to attract international students who are already in the U.S. as high school students. They're also using text messages to communicate with students.