“Vietnamese Community Suddenly Soars at DePauw University”

The Vietnamese community at DePauw University Fall 2019. Photo contributed by Linh Lam (Courtesy of The DePauw)

For the first time in DePauw’s history, the Class of 2024 Convocation had a Vietnamese translator. In addition to this, DePauw published its international brochure in Vietnamese, and both of the co-presidents of the International Student Association are Vietnamese.

This 18.10.20 article from the DePauw University student newspaper got my attention. DePauw enrolled five (5) Vietnamese students in 2018, 21 in 2019, and 29 in 2020. There are a number of reasons that explain DePauw’s success in recruiting Vietnamese students in a very short period of time, two of which are mentioned in the article.

  1. generous scholarship opportunities
  2. ranked 47th among National Liberal Arts Colleges
  3. the friendliness and responsiveness of the admission office

Regarding the third reason, Duy Huynh mentioned this as the main reason why he chose DePauw. Another student Vy Ngo stated that of the colleges she applied to “none of them made me feel (as) warmly welcomed like DePauw.” Those are two keys to success in the Viet Nam market, in addition to proactive in country recruitment.

It’s obvious that Viet Nam is a priority country as evidenced by the number of trips DePauw international admission colleagues took to Viet Nam during the 2019-2020 academic year, including three recruitment visits and admission reception events. They are doing all of the right things during an exceedingly challenging time.

Another plus for DePauw is the low number of COVID-19 cases on campus to date, i.e. a total of 15 positive students and 9 positive employees. As of this writing, there are 10 active cases on campus. To put things in perspective, the university has a total of about 2,000 students.

Shalom (שלום), MAA

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