The Associated Press recently reported the University of Arkansasâ€™ 2011 incoming freshman class would consist of about 35 percent of students attending from out of state, but Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services and university relations at Arkansas Tech, said the universityâ€™s â€œprimary mission is to provide the people of Arkansas with access to the life-changing benefits of a baccalaureate degree.â€
â€œA high percentage of Arkansas Tech
students were born and raised within a relatively short distance of our campus in Russellville
,â€ Nicholson said.
added the university actively recruits international students, which Nicholson
said provides â€œa richer campus environment.â€
â€œThe cultural exchange that takes place between our native students and our students from other countries plays and integral role in our institutional belief that learning on a college campus extends beyond the classroom door,â€ she
said. â€œArkansas Tech is home to more than 300 international students representing more than 30 nations.
The opportunity to learn first-hand about the various cultures represented by our international students provides our American students with a greater appreciation for the world around them and a more well-rounded college experience.â€
One of the universityâ€™s primary recruiting tools, Nicholson
said, is its website, www.atu.edu.
said the site, which has undergone changes over the past year to make it more accessible, is especially useful in the recruitment of international students.
â€œThey rarely have an opportunity to visit our campus before choosing Arkansas Tech
said. â€œFor that reason, www.atu.edu must show them that Arkansas Tech
is a place where they will be comfortable while participating in an academic program that will be meaningful and valuable.â€
In addition, Nicholson
said the universityâ€™s International and Multicultural Student Services Office recruits international students to the campus as well as assists international students with specific challenges they face.