The continued decline of international student enrollment

International student enrollment has already been declining. Will coronavirus kill it?

Reported by Education Dive, new international student enrollment declined 10% between fall of 2015 and 2018, partially due to un-friendly immigration policies.

Today, international enrollment makes up a little more than 5% of total higher ed enrollment, and a much higher revenue source given the percentage of these students that are full pay.  How many of them can we expect back this fall?

The takeaway? With students from China accounting for 1/3 of all international enrollment alone, how tough will our international student loss this fall due to increased pandemic and immigration concerns hurt an already deeply hurting higher ed budget scenario?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.