Strategy Experts worried Trump would scare away international students — now, the first numbers are out

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The decline in foreign students at US colleges follows expert worries that Trump Administration immigration policies would hurt enrollment.

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Many foreign families ask if everyone in America owns a gun.

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  • Foreign student enrollment in American colleges declined an average 7% for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Higher education experts worried a "Trump effect" would cause a decline in foreign enrollment.
  • Many foreign families ask if everyone in America own a gun.


Foreign student enrollment at American colleges is down, The New York Times reported.

A survey of nearly 500 campuses showed a decline of 7% in newly arriving foreign students, according to The Times, which referenced data from the Institute of International Education (IIE). Forty-five percent of colleges reported a decline in international enrollment.

Earlier in 2017, higher education experts expressed fear that Trump Administration immigration policies would hurt international student enrollment.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January barring citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days.

Yet it's too early to determine that there has been a "Trump effect" on enrollment, president of IIE Alan Goodman, told the Washington Post.

Still, many students and families have expressed some fears about coming to college in the US, Goodman said at an Education Writer's Association conference in 2017. He frequently receives two questions from families: Is the school in a red state or a blue state, and does everyone in America own a gun?

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