Admission to International House continues to be in high demand with a competitve admissions process. The Admissions Office received nearly 200 applications for the 75 spaces that became available for the spring semester. The Admissions Committee reviewed applications each week and weighed the personal statements most heavily. Each applicant is asked to write a one page statement describing their interest in joining the I-House community and how they hope to contribute to the vibrant life in the community. This is an excerpt from the statement of a new resident from Brazil:
“Meeting people from different cultures is one of my passions. Even though I believe we are all the same no matter which country we are from I think it is so interesting to see how each different culture shapes people. When we open ourselves to different experiences and getting to know other cultures and points of view we learn and develop ourselves to a level we would never achieve otherwise.”
Director of Admissions Megan Amouzou said, “The new residents we welcomed for the spring semester are enthusiastic and looking forward to an exciting semester ahead. The decisions were tough as always but we are pleased with the diversity of the new resident members.”
The resident members this spring represent 94 countries including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cuba, Cambodia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Moldova, Qatar, Uganda, Uzbekistan and Zambia. The average age is 27 with a range from 21 to 63. The majority of residents are graduate students (74%), followed by interns and trainees (14%) then visiting scholars (9%) and family members (3%). At the start of the semester there are 7 more men than women.
The 85+ academic and professional institutions represented further add to the diversity. The academic institutions include all the schools of Columbia University, City University of New York, New York University, and The New School. Also represented are Pace University, Bank Street College, The Juilliard School, Touro College, Yeshiva University and Fordham University. Professional institutions include American Express, Ernst & Young, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Natural Resource Defense Council, Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP and the United Nations.