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Most Texas Colleges See Drop In International Student Applications, But Not UT-Dallas

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The Student Services Building on the University of Texas at Dallas campus.

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International applications to public universities in Texas have dropped by at least 10,000 over the past year, the Houston Chronicle reports.

A review of university data by the Chronicle shows a 12.5 percent decrease in applications from international students last fall. That compares to the 30 percent increase in applications from 2013 to 2016.


According to the Chronicle: “Several factors are likely causing foreign students to look elsewhere, analysts and campus administrators say, noting a sluggish global economy and greater competition from other countries. Still, many bluntly point to President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric as significant, saying it is creating an unwelcoming environment.”


In North Texas, however, the University of Texas at Dallas saw a 6.4 percent increase in international students applications. It was one of seven schools measured by the Chronicle that saw positive percent change. According to the data, 14,205 international students applied for the fall 2017 semester, up from 13,354 in fall 2016.


In Denton, UNT followed the statewide trend with a 23 percent decrease in international students applications, and UT-Arlington saw a drop just over 18 percent. [Houston Chronicle, The Associated Press]


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