Thursday, January 22, 2009

Simpson's National Ranking in Study Abroad

Simpson College finds itself ranked 36th in the nation among baccalaureate institutions sending students abroad in 2006-2007, according to the latest data handed down from the Institute for International Education.

According to IIE, Simpson sent 270 students abroad that year and granted 425 degrees, meaning 63.5 percent of the number of students graduating had gone abroad. (I know — potentially a misleading statistic, but we'll take the publicity.)

The top 10 baccalaureate institutions on the IIE list are: Austin, Hartwick, Minnesota-Morris, Centre, Wofford, Colorado College, Kalamazoo, Bates, Goucher and St. Olaf. One other Iowa school, Luther, ranks 20th on the list.

Among doctoral institutions, Yeshiva University in New York, sent 75.7 percent of its undergraduates abroad in 2006-2007 to lead that category. The leading master's institution was Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, which sent 126.1 percent of its graduates abroad that year.

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