Colleges saw a 43% drop in enrollment by new international students this past fall

The total number of international students enrolled in the U.S. declined by 16%, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report, released Monday. The drop was driven primarily by a 43% decline in the number of new students studying at U.S. institutions, according to the organization, which researches and promotes international study.

“While not surprising, it is disheartening,” Miriam Feldblum said of the decline. As the executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Feldblum leads a coalition of university officials focused on immigration policies’ impact on higher education.

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