Wesleyan Welcomes Highest Number of International Students
Iyinogooluwa Ajayi '14 will welcome her sister, who is part of the incoming Class
of 2017, with an owl pillow.
Aug. 9, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— This year Illinois Wesleyan University is set to welcome its largest
group of international students, about 50 from 14 countries, making total enrollment
of international students over 100 from 21 countries. The University welcomed 25 last
year, and the previous record high for enrollment was 35 students in 2008-09.
IWU’s association with the international community is growing stronger as more international
students enroll and graduate. According to International Student and Scholar Advisor
Reenie Bradley, with the increasing number of international students, the alumni networks
outside the United States are also growing stronger in cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi
Minh City, Vietnam; Beijing, China; and London, U.K.
Among the new international students this year, IWU welcomes three legacy students,
the highest number of legacy students in one class.
The three students are Shristi Sinha from India, sister of Tuhin Abner ’09; Minh Nguyen
from Vietnam, cousin of current student Hy Nguyen ’16 and Moyoninuoluwa Ajayi from
Nigeria, whose sister Iyinogooluwa Ajayi ’14 and cousins, Adelana Olaosebikan ’16,
Gdebowale Olaosebikan ’06 and Bukola Olaosebikan ’09 are also alumni.
As a way of welcoming the new international students, Bradley, along with current
international students, undertook a project of handcrafting owl-shaped pillows as
a surprise. The new international students will be greeted with these colorful pillows
upon their arrival on campus.
International Student Orientation begins Friday, Aug. 16.
For additional information, contact Sherry Wallace, director for news and media relations
at (309) 556-3181.
Contact: Sherry Wallace (309) 556-3181