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International Recruitment Efforts Enhance MICA’s Global Reputation

(left to right) Sarah Titford ’04 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.) greeting a prospective student in Mexico; and Alessandra Torres ’02 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture B.F.A.) at dinner in Singapore.

(left to right) Sarah Titford '04 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.) greeting a prospective student in Mexico; and Alessandra Torres '02 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture B.F.A.) at dinner in Singapore.

Twenty-two percent of the incoming freshman class consists of international students

Posted 09.01.15 by MICA Communication

One of MICA's strengths is its global reach, and through recent recruitment efforts to such countries as China, Mexico and Brazil, the College's international impact continues to grow.

"The goal is to create a global microcosm on our campus," said Sarah Titford '04 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.), coordinator of international recruitment and relations for MICA. That benefits both the American students on campus and those coming to MICA from overseas. "It helps artists and designers to develop a global language. There are symbols and meanings that we understand here from our domestic perspective, but to have students from other countries explain what those things mean to them--it really broadens the conversation," she said. This spring, Titford visited Brazil and Mexico.

Alumna and faculty member Alessandra Torres '02 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture B.F.A.), who also works with the Admission Office on international recruiting, visited China and Singapore in the spring. She has been the primary international recruiter for MICA for the past four years, having done more than a dozen trips. Torres, who grew up in Puerto Rico, calls upon her experience of adjusting to United States culture to help her represent MICA across the globe. "The time I spent navigating between the culture of the [United States] and Puerto Rico throughout my childhood and adolescence has helped me tremendously when traveling and recruiting for MICA internationally," Torres said.

The international recruitment efforts appear to be paying off. Twenty-two percent of the incoming freshman class consists of international students, Titford said. Upcoming trips are planned for China, France, India, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. This fall, President Samuel Hoi will be traveling to Mainland China and, as part of his trip, he will meet with alumni and parents of currently enrolled students.

The recruiting trips are important for helping MICA maintain its global reputation. Despite technological advances such as email and Skype, "there's nothing like sitting down and having a conversation face to face with a student," Titford said. "It makes a huge difference internationally."