Georgia Tech has admitted more than 6,000 applicants from outside of the U.S. in the past year, a new state data release reveals.
The news comes as the school has been under scrutiny for its admission policies.
The state of Georgia announced that the number of students admitted in the 2017-18 academic year was 2,534.
The school also admitted more people from out-of-state in the 2016-17 academic year than from Georgia in the same period, the release said.
The announcement came after the state of California announced earlier this month that it would begin admitting people from outside the country in an effort to attract more tech talent.
Georgia Tech’s new admission figures come just days after the school announced that it has been hiring more people than ever.
Georgia is now the only state in the nation to admit students from outside its borders.
In 2017-2018, the university admitted more students than any other in the country.
The total number of people admitted in Georgia during that period: 7,988 students, or 6.3 percent of the total Georgia enrollment.
The University of Georgia has had more than 1,100 students admitted from abroad since 2010.
The number of foreign students admitted to Georgia has increased by more than half since the school opened its doors in 2008, according to the release.
The majority of Georgia Tech students who arrived in Georgia from abroad are from outside North America, according the release, with the majority from Asia and Africa.
The rest hail from Latin America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Georgia also boasts the largest contingent of U.N. refugee students in the United States.
The university admitted roughly 7,000 refugees during the 2017 academic year, with more than 20,000 from countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Georgia State has been a leader in expanding its international enrollment in recent years.
Georgia opened its first international student enrollment program in 2000.
In 2021, Georgia Tech expanded the number to 8,000 international students, with almost 4,000 of those coming from outside Georgia.
In 2020, the school increased the number in a similar manner to the one it has done this year.
Georgia recently added two new majors, engineering and business administration, and announced that they will be in high demand.
The addition of engineering majors will allow students to pursue careers in technology-based businesses.
The other major addition is to a business administration program, with a $10,000 stipend to attend the program.
Georgia was the only school to enroll more than 100 students from Africa and Asia.
The U.K. also announced in December that it will be opening a program that will bring more than 70 students from more than 50 countries to Georgia.
“The Georgia Tech University community has been incredibly supportive of the international students who have chosen to come here, and it is clear that this is a great addition to our overall admissions pool,” Georgia State President and CEO Steve Wiltrow said in a statement.
“Georgia Tech has a proud history of providing world-class education to students from around the world and our students are excited to learn about the many ways our university will serve our global students.
I look forward to sharing our excitement about the opportunities this new program will bring.”