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Foreign-born college students up 8.4 pct in W.Va.

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A study shows the number of international students attending West Virginia colleges and universities has grown 8.4 percent over the past year.

The Institute of International Education says there were 2,708 foreign students enrolled in the state in the 2011-12 school year, ranking West Virginia 43rd in the nation.

West Virginia University in Morgantown had 1,744 foreign-born students, the most in the state. Marshall University had 452, followed by Concord University with 95, Bluefield State College with 78 and West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling with 15.

The institute says students from Saudi Arabia and China each comprise 15 percent of the state’s foreign-born enrollment, followed by India at 11 percent.

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