US share of international students will keep falling

I suspect that many readers of this article will either dismiss the premise that colleges and universities in the United States will continue to lose international student market share or dispute the facts I list. 

Some may hope that the decline in international student enrolments in the United States for the autumn 2017 semester was just a blip; a one-off. Still others will blame the decline on the outcome of the 2016 election.

The fact is that for several years the United States has been losing its share of the international student market. 

Last year the number of new international students declined by an average of 7%. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the number of domestic undergraduate students decreased 224,000 or 1%. Was this one of the reasons why Moody’s changed its credit outlook for US higher education to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’?

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