International Enrollment Drops, Report Shows

A new report by the National Science Foundation found that the number of international students in the United States fell by 2.2 percent at the undergraduate level and 5.5 percent at the graduate level from fall 2016 to 2017.

The decline comes after years of growth and amid concerns that prospective new students could be deterred by the current political climate and uncertainty about immigration policies in the United States. Continued declines could have a negative impact on U.S. competitiveness and the health of American science and engineering programs, reported Inside Higher Ed.

The NSF report, which is based on government-held student visa data, is the first comprehensive national picture of international enrollments for the current academic year. It differs from the annual Open Doors survey by the Institute of International Education, which reports data on international enrollments on a one-year lag.


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