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College Ranks at Top for Overall Satisfaction on International Student Survey

By Michelle Marasch Ouellette

SUNY Plattsburgh has topped the charts for a second year in a row when it comes to international students’ overall satisfaction, according to the Fall 2011 International Student Barometer.

The survey of international students ranks the college No. 1 out of the 18 participating universities in the United States and No. 2 out of 208 in the world for overall satisfaction. This is up from last year’s results, when SUNY Plattsburgh ranked No. 1 out of 13 for overall satisfaction in the United States and No. 3 out of 203 in the world.

SUNY Plattsburgh ranked highly on a number of other measures, as well, including the following:

Photo of of 2011 Night of Nations celebration on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus
International students celebrate this year’s Night of Nations on stage in the E Glenn Giltz Auditorium.
  • No. 1 in the United States and the world for both learning support and performance feedback.
  • No. 1 in the United States and in the world for ability to make friends from the host country and other countries upon arrival.
  • No. 1 in the United States and in the world for housing conditions upon arrival.
  • No. 1 in the United States and the world for its Office of International Student Services.
  • No. 1 in the United States and the world for visa advice.
  • No. 1 in the United States and No. 2 in the world for overall satisfaction with the arrival experience.
  • No. 1 in the United States and No. 3 in the world for overall learning satisfaction.

Oxford, Northeastern Included in Survey

Independently administered by the International Graduate Insight Group Ltd., the ISB is the world’s largest international student survey, providing global, regional and customized benchmarks for international student satisfaction. The current survey is composed of input from 209,422 international students attending 238 institutions in 16 countries.

Overseas schools participating in the Fall 2011 ISB include Oxford, Edinburgh University, St. Andrews University and the University of Adelaide. Also in the mix were American schools like George Washington University, Kent State University, Drexel University, Arizona State University and Northeastern University.

Confirming ‘What We Already Know’

“These results once again confirm what we already know: Our faculty and staff work hard to provide exceptional educational experience to international students — and to all of our students,” SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling said. “The International Student Barometer results show that these efforts do not go unnoticed.”

Ettling added that he is also particularly proud of the work done by the Office of International Student Services. “They create a warm welcome for our students and generate friends around the world.”

Read more about these results at http://bit.ly/ISBResults2012.


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