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US HE: Some Cope, Some Don’t

November 2018

The Institute of International Education has published its November 2018: Fall 2018 International Student Enrollment Survey.
It shows that new enrollments of international students, which fell by 6.6 percent at American universities in academic year 2017-18 compared to the year before, were now reported on an average 1.5 percent further decline. However, while about half (49 percent) of respondents reported declines in new international enrollments this fall, another 44 percent reported increases, and 7 percent said their numbers were stable.

According to IIE the large research institutions still see growth, but the less well known institutions and those awarding only Associate Degrees see declines. Compared to Fall 2017, more institutions attribute Fall 2018 declines in new enrollment to problems with visa delays and denials (83 percent), the U.S. social and political climate (60 percent), and student decisions to enroll in another country (59 percent).

The survey was based on 540 valid responses from higher education institutions throughout the United States. Not all respondents provided complete data, so valid item response rates are lower for some questions. Responding institutions accounted for 44.7 percent of the international student population reported in Open Doors 2018.

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