Foreign Students Aren't Edging Out Locals, Numbers Show

"International enrollments in American colleges may have soared in recent years, but despite public concern, there’s little to indicate that students from Beijing and Shanghai are displacing those from Buffalo or Santa Fe," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

"A Chronicle analysis of enrollment data reported to the U.S. Department of Education by 69 state flagship universities and top public research institutions found no evidence of widespread crowding out of in-state undergraduates by students from abroad.

While the number of incoming international students at these institutions swelled 155 percent between the fall of 2006 and the fall of 2012, the latest year data are available, they rarely appeared to take seats away from resident students. Enrollments of in-state freshmen rose, too, albeit by a more modest 0.7 percent.

Put another way, top publics, on average, enrolled 21 more state residents in 2012 than six years earlier. Foreign students, meanwhile, claimed an additional 140 seats in the average freshman class.

Still, among this group are a handful of institutions that have reduced places for local students while sharply increasing international enrollments, sometimes by hundreds of students."

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Publication Date: 2/3/2015

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