Our 2016-17 student body included the international students pictured here. In the past 15 years, we’ve enrolled students from Canada, Antigua, South Korea, St. Lucia, Colombia, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Japan, Pakistan, and Guyana. Our International Services Office supports these students every step of the way, from enrollment to graduation and beyond.
Initiative 3.5 directs us to expand the recruitment and retention of international students—as well as other historically underrepresented student populations: Native American students, African-American students, provisionally accepted students, and married students. These underrepresented students comprise about 11% of our enrollment now.
Why is this expansion important? Because our Lord said to “Make disciples of all nations.” Because the church is growing exponentially in diverse countries, cultures, and neighborhoods. And because WELS has international and multicultural ministry needs now.