International students bring $827 million into Ohio’s economy

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio is taking extra steps to attract more international students to the state’s colleges and universities because of their impact on the economy.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Higher Education are teaming up this week to launch a new initiative to boost international enrollment.

Currently, there are 29, 488 international students enrolled in Ohio’s college and universities. According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, that group of students support more than 11,000 jobs and brings in $827 million dollars to the state’s economy.

International students are also the 15th largest export in the state.  With the new initiative, higher education officials want to increase that $827-million to $1.2 billion. They say doing so would support 17,000 jobs.

The Global Reach to Engage Academic Talent or GREAT initiative, includes a website with resources for possible international students.

2 NEWS spoke with an official with the International Affairs Department at Wright State University, who says international students have a significant impact both on the university and the economy.

“First of all, they bring that dollars and then they need places to live so they rent housing,” Wright State University of Director of International Affairs. “They have to eat they go to grocery stores, they go to restaurants. They take advantage of the cultural opportunities in this area.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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