(AP) -There is evidence that enrollment figures among international students at some U.S. colleges and universities could drop next fall, and some experts and college officials blame President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and the perception of a nation that is becoming less friendly to foreigners.
Nearly half the nation’s 25 largest public universities saw undergraduate applications from abroad fall or stagnate since last year, according to data colleges provided to The Associated Press in response to public records requests.
Eight schools did not provide data, while six saw gains.
Some application deadlines fell before the election, but even Trump’s campaign rhetoric cast doubts, experts say. Schools with no data did not respond to the AP’s records request.
Institution Name 2016 2017 Percentage change
Texas A&M University-College Station
University of Central Florida** 1,619 2,300 42.06
Ohio State University-Main Campus* *** 10,719 11,800 10.08
Arizona State University-Tempe
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities* *** 5,999 5,589 -6.83
University of Florida 1,940 1,829 -5.72
Michigan State University*** 724 692 -4.42
University of Maryland-University College
Florida International University
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 4,682 5,290 12.99
Indiana University-Bloomington* 5,156 5,414 5.00
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 10,169 10,425 2.52
University of Washington-Seattle* *** 10,745 10,228 -0.05
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor* 8,644 9,007 0.04
University of Wisconsin-Madison*** 6,300 7,186 14.06
University of Houston* 1,519 1,024 -32.59
University of Arizona** 2,279 1,721 -24.48
University of South Florida-Main Campus** 2,129 2,226 4.56
The University of Texas at Arlington
University of California-Los Angeles
California State University-Northridge** 1,653 1,213 -26.62
Florida State University** 1,323 1,349 1.97
Purdue University-Main Campus 14,949 13,320 -10.90
*2017 data are preliminary and may increase
**Because 2017 data were incomplete, university provided 2016 data from a comparable time frame
***Includes freshman applications only, not transfers.
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