Shifting demographics and lower birthrates in the U.S. have been taking a toll on enrollments across colleges and universities. With that in mind, many higher education institutions in the U.S. have made significant efforts to court international students, and their work has met with much success. But, now that avenue for new students is softening.
Declining campus enrollments rates are a troubling trend. For the fall 2018 semester, the number of students enrolling in colleges and universities was 1.7% lower than it was the previous fall. According to research from the National Clearing House, enrollments decreased 15.1% among four-year for-profit institutions and two-year public institutions enrollments fell 3.2%, while four-year public institutions enrollments where virtually unchanged.
Decline of Foreign Learners on U.S. Campuses
The news for international students who have been a growth strategy for many higher educations is no better. While the U.S. hosts over a million international undergraduates, after years of growth, the fall of 2016 saw international student registrations level. Likewise, for the first time, international enrollments sank 6.6% at American universities in the academic year 2017-18 compared to the year before, marking the second straight year in declines in new enrollments, according to new data from the annual Open Doors survey as reported in Inside Higher Ed.
According to the Institute of International Education, the U.S. hosted 24% of all international students in 2017, down from 28% in 2001. And since most international students pay higher tuition, this decline can significantly impact an institution’s budget.
The border closing rhetoric from the white house, changes in immigration and visa policy and concern that the U.S. is not as hospitable to international students as it once was all seem to all be playing into this fall off. The cost of tuition and competition from universities in other countries are also factors in the drop in international enrollments.
Waning enrollment rates coupled with high fixed costs, mounting deficits and declining government support make it a challenging time for higher education. Finding your best fit student is even more critical than ever.
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