TROY – Troy University has been ranked in the top 40 U.S. masters-level universities for international student choice.
The Chronicle of Higher Education published the report by the Institute of International Education on Nov. 14, and places TROY at number 27 with 883 international students for the 2010-2011 year. It is the only university or college in Alabama to make the Top 40 list.
"This ranking reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, coupled with TROY'S international teaching locations in southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates, reflects more than a decade of progress toward recognition as Alabama's international university," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and vice-chancellor for TROY's Global Campus, the arm of the university that oversees all international programs and operations outside the state of Alabama.
The newspaper ranked the top 40 according to the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning that breaks down universities and colleges as doctoral, masters, baccalaureate and associate-level institutions.
Although classified under this system as a masters-level institution, TROY offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
In Alabama, international students contribute an about $100 million annually to the state's economy, and are located on almost every university or community college campus. The state ranks 31st in the number of international students hosted, according to NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.
Nationally, international students contributed about $20 billion to the U.S. economy for 2010-2011, the organization reported.