Why U.S. Colleges and Universities Are Worried About A Drop in International Student Applications

"Enrollment of international students in U.S. institutions of higher education is believed to be down for the coming school year — and the Trump administration may make it harder for those who do come to stay," The Washington Post reports.
 
"As this Washington Post story explains, top officials at the Department of Homeland Security are considering a measure that would require foreign students to reapply for permission to stay in the United States every single year of their college experience.
 
Not only would that cause enormous headaches for thousands of students who hold visas and require a great deal more paper processing by U.S. government workers, but it could strike a financial blow to colleges and universities, which bring in billions of dollars from foreigners.
 
According to the latest available data from the Institute of International Education, the number of international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities jumped by 7.1 percent in 2015-16, making it the 10th year of enrollment expansion. China, India and Saudi Arabia send the most students to the United States, and in the 2015-16 year, students from those countries constituted about 53 percent of all international students in the United States.
 
But a recent survey by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers found that nearly 40 percent of the more than 250 schools surveyed had seen a drop in international applications for the coming school year."
 
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Publication Date: 7/17/2017

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