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International School Counselors Visit Trinity University

Admissions Office plays host to educators from around the world

By Russell Guerrero '83

May 2010 – For a few days this spring, high school counselors from as far away as Colombia, Egypt, India, and Thailand came to the University to get a first-hand look at what the Trinity experience has to offer international students.

Senior John Key (left) points out points of interest during a campus tour for international school counselors. Nineteen counselors from nine countries visited Trinity at the invitation of the Admissions Office.

The 19 school counselors from nine countries came at the invitation of the Trinity Admissions Office, marking the first time the University hosted a visit for international counselors. 

During the last decade, the Admissions Office has stepped up its efforts to attract the best students from around the world.

In just seven years, Trinity has increased its international student population, which includes both foreign born students as well as American students living abroad, from 1.5 percent to 10 percent as part of the University’s goal to become a more diverse and global campus.

Trinity is not the only school that has a focused effort on recruiting internationally, although it was one of the first schools to begin actively reaching out to students outside of the United States.

Eric Maloof, director of international admissions, and a small crew of Trinity admissions counselors have been traveling thousands of miles every year visiting international high schools and quietly building relationships and promoting Trinity.

The relationships are important because the counselors play such a big role in suggesting colleges to their students. Increasingly, families put their trust in counselors to pick a school for their students as more students want to study abroad.

Still, the Admissions Office knew the best way to convince counselors about the quality of a Trinity education was to bring them here. Sara Newhouse, associate director of Admissions, organized the visit to make sure the counselors would engage with faculty and students to see what both Trinity and San Antonio have to offer.

For some of the counselors, coming to Trinity also meant their first trip to Texas “I don’t know Texas as well, it is not physically what I expected,” said Margaret Kayayan, a counselor from Colegeio Maya Guatemala City, Guatemala.  “It is a much more beautiful campus than I expected and a very good environment, I think, for the students.”

Once at Trinity, the counselors were impressed by what they saw and spoke highly about the strength of the academic programs and the quality of the faculty.

They also found the University very welcoming to international students. “I think it would be very easy for my students to fit into the culture,” said Nick Edwards from the Colegio Americano de Quito in Quito, Ecuador. “There are a lot of Latino students here so they wouldn’t be alone. And the domestic students are used to having international students on their campus so there is a real community.”

Days after the visit, both Mr. Maloof and Ms. Newhouse called the event a success. “I think the counselors exceeded our expectations,” said Mr. Maloof. “They really care about their kids.  I feel like we gave them the opportunity to see what Trinity is and what we are trying to do here.”

 


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