Mexico City native Adriana Alamillo represents SAIC’s diverse community.
Mexico City native Adriana Alamillo represents SAIC’s diverse community.
December 20

Chicago Tribune Highlights SAIC’s International Student Body

On December 17 the Chicago Tribune profiled SAIC student Adriana Alamillo in “Small Schools Have Global Pull,” an article outlining the increasing number of international students enrolling in small colleges. Students from abroad are “branching off from the large research universities that have been their traditional homes to colleges that offer a different experience,” explains reporter John Keilman. A Mexico City native focusing on Fiber and Material Studies, Alamillo is among the growing numbers of international students at SAIC. “The classes here are amazing,” she says. "It’s great being in a place where I can do what I love, where everyone is just an artist, figuring out what they want to express and how.” SAIC welcomed more than 341 international students in 2013 and is now home to students from 64 different countries. SAIC’s international enrollment mirrors domestic and local growth, as well. This year's incoming class was the most selective in SAIC history. Undergrad applications for fall 2013 increased 24 percent from the previous year, and SAIC has seen a 237 percent increase in applications from Chicago Public Schools over the past three years. People worldwide “are recognizing how design and creative thinking are evolving,” says Rose Milkowski, Vice President for Enrollment Management at SAIC.