One hundred thirty one international students have enrolled for the fall 2006 semester at Genesee Community College, up 23% from the 106 students enrolled a year ago, International Student Advisor Meryll Pentz reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.
International students hail from 18 countries: Bahamas, Canada, China, Columbia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Slovokia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tabago, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
The growing number of international students is due to Genesee’s affordability and reputation, and to the growing use of the World Wide Web across the globe, Ms. Pentz said.
“Studying in the United States, and New York State in particular, is very desirable to many students living abroad,” Ms. Pentz said. “They can learn about Genesee Community College through the Web, and can easily contact us with questions. We make it a point to provide very personal answers to every inquiry we receive, and we go out of our way to welcome these prospective students.”
Genesee’s reputation also figures in the enrollment increase, she noted. “Just as our local students know that we offer an outstanding college experience, international students are learning this as well,” she told trustees. “These students go back to their own countries and praise Genesee Community College, and the word begins to spread.”
President Stuart Steiner said that the growing international enrollment is one more example of Genesee’s growing reputation. “For years, students across New York State and beyond have been attracted to Genesee by our programs, our outstanding faculty, and our technology,” he said. “When you have students traveling halfway across the globe to attend college here, that speaks volumes about Genesee Community College.”
Dr. Steiner also noted that the growing number of international students significantly affects the area’s economy. “These students purchase almost 100% of their goods and services here, ranging from housing to food, from clothing to recreation and entertainment,” he said.
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
- Heard President Stuart Steiner report that fall enrollment, currently standing at 4,355, is the second highest enrollment in the College’s history. After the College receives all part-time enrollments, the number is expected to approach or exceed 6,500. Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, reported that the number of incoming students this year was especially strong, with 1,827 students completing deposits, up 3.1% from the 1,772 students who had completed deposits a year ago.
- Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman report that 301 students are residing at College Village. Mr. Ensman said that, over the summer, two new roofs, 60 energy-efficient windows, and a new tankless hot water system have been installed at College Village. A new sprinkler system is under construction and will be completed by the end of the semester, he said.
- Heard Acting Director of Student Activities Joanna Barefoot report that Genesee is hosting its annual “WOW Week” – Week of Welcome – this week. WOW Week consists of numerous community-building activities, including an Information Fair, Transfer Fair, Fall Fest, Student Survival Club gatherings, and social activities.
- Heard Dr. Steiner report that plans are moving ahead quickly for the new Medina Campus Center, and that a preliminary floor plan has been completed. The new Center will be open for the fall 2007 semester, he said. The overall layout of the Medina Center will be similar to that of Genesee’s centers in Warsaw, Arcade, Lakeville, Dansville, and Albion, but this will be the first of Genesee’s campus centers to house a science lab.