November 10, 2011

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast included Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on its list of "Best Schools for Foreign Students," ranking the university among the top 25 in the nation.

WPI provides a diverse environment, as well as financial aid and services to help international students with adjustment, the report said. International students make up 9 percent of WPI's undergraduate enrollment. WPI received a B+ grade in diversity, and student service expenses comprise 9 percent of the university's total core expenses. The undergraduate international admissions staff works with students from around the world and reviewed over 1,000 applications last year.

To find the best 25 schools for international students Daily Beast relied on four data points: each college's score for diversity from College Prowler, which takes into account student responses and statistics on whether the school has, among other things, international students with a large presence on campus; the amount of financial aid per international undergraduate student receiving financial aid with data from the College Board; the percentage of student services compared to total core expenses with data from the National Center for Education Statistics; and the percent of international students among the total undergraduate population, also from the NCES. Each data point was weighted equally using z-scores (a measure of how close or distant each school is to the average within each category).

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