International Student Numbers Decline
Inside Higher Ed
The number of international students studying in the U.S. fell by 2.2 percent at the undergraduate level and 5.5 percent at the graduate level from fall of 2016 to 2017, according to the National Science Foundation’s new report. The data is based on the federal government’s student visa data. Despite years of enrollment increases at U.S. universities, growth is decreasing for the first time since before 2012. Experts say the decline could be caused by the current political climate and emerging immigration policies and could have a negative effect on graduate science and engineering programs in particular.