Education Op-Ed Chief of Mission Margaret D. Hawthorne
I want to congratulate all students in the Dutch Caribbean who have received offers of
admission from one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United
States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in
many fields around the world, and you should be proud of the invitation to join this special and
select group of young people whose lives will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness,
and quality of campuses across the United States.
Offers of admission are the product of much careful thought and hard work, both by the
students who apply and by American colleges and universities that conduct a rigorous review
of these applications. We recognize the energy and creativity you poured into essays about
your dreams and ideas, the hard work it took to prepare for English language and other
examinations, and the commitments you fulfilled to community service and extra-curricular
Over one million international students are now in U.S. higher education institutions,
maintaining the United States’ long-standing position as the world’s top host nation for
international students. This is a testament to the unmatched quality of American higher
education in the eyes of international students and their families.
International students strengthen ties between the United States and countries around the
world, developing the relationships between people and communities that are necessary to
solve global challenges. We value inclusion, and actively support students from diverse
backgrounds on our campuses. Colleges and universities across the United States value
international students for the unique and diverse perspectives you provide both in and out of
the classroom. American universities and communities benefit from the knowledge and talents
of international students, which helps prepare all of us for shared, successful futures in an
U.S. colleges and universities take pride in providing safe, welcoming environments for all their
students, and I want to stress how welcome you are in the United States. Many U.S.
universities have sent messages of welcome to students around the world through the
#YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign (https://www.youarewelcomehereusa.org). I join them in
welcoming you to the United States, where our colleges and universities offer valuable
educational opportunities to help you meet your life and career goals.
Consular officials at the United State Consulate General Curacao and at American embassies
and consulates around the world continue to work diligently to process student visa requests,
and information about the visa process is available at
https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html or at https://cw.usconsulate.gov.
EducationUSA advisers worldwide stand ready to answer questions about studying in the
United States. You can find an advising center at https://educationusa.state.gov/find-advisingcenter. For those still considering study in the United States, EducationUSA advisers can
provide valuable resources to help inform your decision. With over 4,700 accredited
institutions in all 50 U.S. states, there’s an American college or university that’s right for
everyone. There are study options at many price points, including community colleges and “2
plus 2” models that combine study at a community college and a four year institution to earn a
American colleges and universities welcome you, as do the American people and communities
throughout our country.
As the U.S. Consul General to the Dutch Caribbean, I personally congratulate and encourage
those of you who have received offers of admission to accept this life-changing opportunity
and join your peers in experiencing the unique value of an American higher education.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE