Grace College is expanding recruitment efforts to international students in Southeast Asia. The initiative aims to reflect a biblical worldview, enrich the student experience on campus and enhance enrollment.
“Grace has an amazing opportunity to move to the next level in fulfilling our biblical and educational potential by reaching beyond our borders to include students from other countries and cultures on our campus,” said Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip.
The college is already seeing development in this area. “This school year, we have 28 international students in our incoming class–one of the largest in our history. We celebrate that number and hope to build upon it in years to come,” stated Katip. Southeast Asia has a high concentration of students interested in coming to the United States for higher education.
To facilitate the initiative, Grace College has hired a full-time international admissions counselor stationed in Bangkok, Thailand. Ben Miles, a 2015 Grace College graduate, was born and raised in the Middle East and interacted with diverse populations throughout his lifetime. He and his wife, Asia, a 2019 Grace graduate who lived in Bangkok through high school, returned to Thailand this summer.
Miles will visit nearly 50 schools and college fairs this fall to cultivate relationships for Grace. He will also serve as a liaison for international students and assist with their application process and financial aid.
Grace is prepared to flex for the needs on campus that will result from these efforts. An International Student Scholarship Fund is available to assist prospective international students. Grace will also designate a dorm for international students and domestic students who wish to be an integral part of their experience at an American college.
For more information about Grace’s international recruitment efforts, contact Dr. Mark Pohl, associate vice president of enrollment management at 574-372-5100, ext. 6001.