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The Changing Face of USC
Aided by strong recruiting and an international base of fiercely loyal alumni, USC for the third year in a row is the nation's leader in enrolling foreign students, according to a recent survey. More than 6,600 were enrolled at the Los Angeles school in the last academic year, significantly more than those next on the list: Columbia, Purdue and New York universities. The number at USC rose even as U.S. colleges and universities overall registered a drop in foreign enrollments. Experts attributed the national decline in part to tighter visa policies in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Overseas students, representing more than 100 countries, now comprise more than 27% of USC's graduate student population and about 8% of undergraduates. Their numbers, along with the tuition dollars they bring in, have grown steadily since 1997 as USC has opened recruiting offices throughout Asia.
The university eases the transition to campus life for foreign students with a weeklong comprehensive orientation that for the first time this fall included a session on American football.
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