George Washington University has a huge recruiting pipeline to China: Preliminary counts show 113 of its freshmen this year come from the world’s most populous country.
That’s seven times more than the 16 Chinese in Georgetown University’s class of 2018.
Catholic University, meanwhile, is wired into Saudi Arabia. It has a projected 10 Saudi freshmen, more than the four counted at the University of the District of Columbia and two each at GWU and Georgetown.
Who knew that a cluster of students from the Islamic monarchy in the Middle East was aiming to enroll in the Vatican’s university in America?
Those are among the findings of a Washington Post analysis of the incoming class of students at D.C. universities. A graphic showing a geographic portrait of where 7,200 full-time freshmen come from appeared Sunday in the Post magazine.
The figures, gathered late in the summer, are preliminary. Last-minute changes occur every year as students make final enrollment decisions. But the figures offer an unusually vivid look at recruiting and enrollment patterns.
Here are more details.
● Georgetown , the highest ranked school in the city, can claim at least one recruit from every state. It drew 208 from New York and 180 from California, the top suppliers, but also one each from sparsely populated South Dakota and Wyoming. Its largest source of foreigners is South Korea, which sent 20 freshmen. It landed the only Rwandan, the only Norwegian, the only New Zealander, the only Monacan and the only Israeli among D.C. college freshmen.
● GWU , the city’s largest university, also has its most diverse international freshman class. Its preliminary recruiting count shows students from 48 foreign countries as well as the special Chinese administrative region of Hong Kong. (Georgetown’s foreign sources were 41 countries plus Hong Kong.) GWU landed the only Irish freshman in the city, as well as the only Azerbaijani, the only Dane, the only Iraqi, the only South African, the only Portuguese and the only Emirati (from United Arab Emirates).
Domestically, GWU draws heavily from the Mid-Atlantic. Its biggest source state is New Jersey, which sent 289 students, followed by New York’s 287. Another 191 came from Pennsylvania.
● Catholic’s biggest source state is Maryland, which sent 157 freshmen. Pennsylvania and New Jersey sent 103 each, reflecting the university’s regional position. But several states sent one freshman each to Catholic: Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. Catholic also boasts the city’s highest number of Puerto Rican freshmen: 14. (Georgetown has nine.)
Internationally, Catholic drew a smattering of non-Saudi freshmen: a Spaniard, a Romanian, a Venezuelan, a Nicaraguan, a Brazilian, a Congolese, an Argentine. It also drew two Kuwaitis.
● Howard University, a premier historically black institution, found its largest suppliers of freshmen were Maryland (172), New York (171) and Illinois (121). It has more freshmen from Georgia (85) than any other university in the city. Here are other states where Howard outdraws all other D.C. schools: Alabama (15), Delaware (13), Louisiana (31), Michigan (68), Mississippi (9), North Carolina (55), South Carolina (13), Texas (70) and Virginia (78).
Internationally, Howard’s biggest supplier is Nepal, which sent 26 freshmen, the subject of a Post story in August. It also drew 14 from Trinidad and Tobago and 22 each from Nigeria and Jamaica, reflecting the university’s prominence in Africa and the African diaspora. Howard also drew the city’s only Ukrainian freshman.
● Gallaudet University , the nation’s leading higher education institution for the deaf and hard of hearing, found its largest sources were California (29), Maryland (25) and Virginia (18). The university also drew more Canadians (12) than any other school in the city, and it landed five Chinese recruits.
● UDC , the city’s only public university, was a significant draw for D.C. students. There were 147 full-time freshmen at UDC from the city, as well as 27 from Maryland, 11 from Virginia and six from Florida. However, there are hundreds more freshmen enrolled part time at UDC in its four-year program and its community college. The university’s mission, unique in the city, is to offer open enrollment to all at a publicly subsidized rate of tuition. That makes its recruiting very difficult to compare to other schools.
● Trinity Washington University , a Catholic women’s school, is also difficult to compare to others. Like UDC, it draws heavily from its home city. There are 180 women starting at Trinity this fall from the District, in addition to 57 from Maryland and 12 from Virginia. Trinity also recruited the only first-year students from Cameroon, Chile, Haiti and Togo.
● American University , a school that has risen in national rankings in recent years, declined to send The Post a complete dossier on its projected freshman class, unlike other universities in the city. AU officials said they were “not comfortable” providing full numbers because of the fluidity of enrollment projections in the summer.
However, AU provided lists of top supplying states and countries. Here is the domestic list, with recruiting totals noted in parentheses: New Jersey (168), New York (162), Pennsylvania (149), California (138), Massachusetts (124), Maryland (109), Florida (81), Connecticut (68), Illinois (62) and Virginia (62). AU also landed 11 students from the District.
The international list was topped by China (13), India (6), Canada (4) and the United Kingdom (3). AU also drew two students from each of these countries: Bahrain, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.