Davidson recently joined more than 230 colleges that have agreed to waive tuition for at least one Syrian student per year. According to the Institute of International Education, the number of Syrians studying at U.S. colleges has risen steadily in recent years but is still relatively low compared with other countries in the region due in part to the strength of their education system prior to the war. Now that many Syrian schools have closed or been destroyed, an estimated 100,000 Syrian refugees who are qualified to attend college are seeking educational options.
Officials at Davidson first learned about the Institute of International Education's efforts after students brought it to their attention. International Admission Officer Kaye-Lani Laughna said, "This is largely driven by our students. I'm hopeful that we'll be able to welcome a Syrian student in the next year."