U.S. President Donald Trump is interested in significant changes to US education and immigration policy. Trump and his cabinet have lauded policies which would reduce the government's role in university education and reduce legal immigration.

How has admissions of foreign students to US schools changed since Trump was elected? Have these policies led to any change in the profile of students being admitted?

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    On one hand, it's an interesting question. On the other hand, it is useless as worded because correllation!=causation, and I doubt it's possible to establish causation from just one data point (in other words, admissions aren't related to politics, precisely because you didn't establish causative relation with politics a-priori). One question that COULD be on-topic AND answerable, imho, would be to ask if any polls of students tracked decision to attend/not attend based on Trump. I'm not aware of such a poll but i one exist it WOULD be a good answer. – user4012 Sep 27 '17 at 17:32
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    I edited your question. I think it was only a hair's-breadth away from being a great on topic question, so I attempted to articulate what I think you were interested in. I also anchored it to education policy, which is on topic. You can revert my edits or edit more if I am off base. – indigochild Sep 27 '17 at 17:48
  • @user4012: its a question and not an answer, an answer may 'establish causative relation with politics'; then again, it might not. – Mozibur Ullah Sep 27 '17 at 17:49
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    IMO you're asking too early. The election occurred after the 2017-2018 school/university year, so you're unlikely to get anything meaningful by observing this year's data. Try next year to see if there's any trend. – Denis de Bernardy Sep 27 '17 at 17:52
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    @MoziburUllah: It's unlikely there's anything to see. Parents usually move in the summer, and university students typically plan spending time in foreign universities well in advance. – Denis de Bernardy Sep 27 '17 at 18:04

Other than some of the issues brought up in the comments (correlation/causation):

  1. Trump hasn't been president for more than a year, so it would be hard to prove anything absolutely at this point. We can look at the trend over time to see if that has changed, but less than one year?
  2. This article indicates that 40% of unis have seen reduced foreign enrollment and the article attempts to prove this is related to the political climate.
  3. In 2014, the number of international students had been climbing.
  4. We should consider that tuition also rose that year overall, and according to the WSJ, 2017 was one of the few years tuition didn't see a huge increase due in tuition. Are non-Americans willing to pay for an expensive education, when they can get a comparable one elsewhere at reduced cost? I don't know the answer, but price could be a factor. Either way, the WSJ points to reduced enrollments.
  5. I know many Americans who've been questioning the value of US university education. At what point do non-Americans start to ask this as well? I can't answer on this, but if Americans are questioning their own universities (unrelated to Trump), it's possible non-Americans might for similar reasons.

This doesn't mean Trump won't negatively impact American universities; I think it's a little too early to tell right now and the trends we're seeing may be related more to price (per WSJ) and quality (WSJ and IHE).

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