Wichita Falls, TX - Midwestern State University is not a large institution, but when it comes to educating students from abroad, it plays big on the international stage.
“Our student body is 9.5 percent international, which is very, very large for an institution of our profile," said Dr. Keith Lamb, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Nearly 6,000 students are enrolled on campus, according to MSU’s website.
Approximately 141 students representing 36 countries enrolled this fall. University officials said it’s the largest group in three years, increasing its international population to 575 students.
Saud Alsadi, a teacher for Saudi Arabia has been on campus for about a year an a half.
"I'm studying here in the English program," said Saud.
He’s brushing up on his English and working to complete his masters degree in education leadership.
Grenada native, Japheth Pierre is a senior Pre-Law, Criminal Justice major.
“I though it would be comfortable come into an environment where they welcome Caribbean students, international students overall,” said Japheth. And, so far the experience has been good.”
Dr. Lamb told Newschannel 6 the big influx is due to the quality of education students receive, affordable tuition, successful graduation rates, and its heavy recruitment efforts.
“When you come to Midwestern State's campus, you're looking and interacting with the world everyday. And that's incredibly important for our students education," said Dr. Lamb.
Japheth is taking a hold of the university's mission and willing to champion those efforts.