Campus: CSU Northridge -- March 01, 2002
CSUN Among the Top 20 in International Student Population
Cal State Northridge ranks among the top 20 universities in the nation
in the number of students it hosts from other countries.
CSUN's international student population continues to grow to record numbers,
despite the aftermath of the terrorist attacks last September.
"International students make a major contribution to this campus
by sharing of themselves and the sharing of their culture," said
Shirley Bowens, a CSUN international students advisor. "Learning
the differences among different cultures enhances our lives, and I think
it also makes us appreciate our own lives more."
Cal State Northridge ranked 17th among hundreds of master's level universities
in the United States during the 2000-2001 school year, with an international
student population of 1,081, according to "Open Doors 2001,"
an annual national report on international education. Total CSUN enrollment
that year was 29,066.
CSUN's international student population continues to grow this year, despite
a federal crackdown on international student visas. University officials
said Northridge's international student population increased 17 percent,
to 1,264, students during the fall 2001 semester, the largest such population
CSUN's international students this school year come from nearly 100 countries,
with the largest concentration from Asia.
In fall 2001, Japan lead the way in the number of students attending Northridge
with 226, followed by Korea with 90, Taiwan with 72, China with 61 and
India with 56. Those nations held the same rankings in Northridge's international
student population during the prior school year.
"The location of the university has a lot to do with the reason why
many Japanese students come to Northridge," said Asayo Mise, a senior
communication studies major from Japan. "The city of Los Angeles
is known to virtually everybody in Japan, and going to school near the
city may even have some sort of 'brand'-ish meaning to some people."