Saturday, November 17, 2018

New survey finds fewer foreign students coming to U.S. universities

Many law schools actively recruit international students seeking a J.D. and some of those matriculants have helped to fill the seats left vacant by the great law school recession of 2011-2016.  However, this report from NBC News finds that for the second year in a row, the number of foreign students enrolling at U.S. universities is down 6.6% compared to last year, and the 2016-17 academic year represented a 3.3% drop from the previous year as well.  I bet you can guess why.

Here are more details courtesy of

Fewer foreign students coming to United States for second year in row, survey finds

New enrollments for the 2017-18 school year slumped 6.6 percent compared with the previous year.


WASHINGTON — The number of international students entering U.S. colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group said on Tuesday, amid efforts by the Trump administration to tighten restrictions on foreigners studying in the United States.


New enrollments for the 2017-18 school year slumped 6.6 percent compared with the previous year, according to an annual survey released by the Institute of International Education. That follows a 3.3 percent decline in new international students tallied in the 2016-17 academic year.


 Several factors are driving the decrease. Visa and immigration policy changes by the Trump administration have deterred some international students from enrolling, college administrators and immigration analysts said.

A strong dollar has made U.S. college tuition relatively more expensive, Canadian and European universities are competing fiercely for the same students and headlines about mass shootings also may have deterred some students, said Allan Goodman, president of IIE.


"Everything matters from safety, to cost, to perhaps perceptions of visa policy," Goodman said. "We're not hearing that students feel they can't come here. We're hearing that they have choices. We're hearing that there's competition from other countries."

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