Week 6: Part 1

Apr 21, 2021

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for tuning in this week! As mentioned in last week’s post, my week 6 blog will have two parts this week. I will post part 2 tomorrow which provide some further insight. As part of my project, I have been following student enrollment at many universities in the United States. At the start of the pandemic, many international students were either sent home or not allowed to attend U.S. universities as in person students. Roughly 80,000, about 30%, of new international students, will not come to the U.S. to study in the fall, according to Brad Farnsworth, vice president of the American Council on Education.  Additionally, Nationwide, the amount of tuition plus required fees from international students tops $2.5 billion. California has over $400 million at risk; New York over $300 million; Massachusetts over $200 million. Only Alaska and Wyoming appear to have under $1 million dollars at risk, and even in those states the risk is just barely under $1 million. This resulted in significant financial losses for many U.S universities, as well as affected the overall learning experience for many international students. Learning from a computer screen has proven to not be very interactive or engaging to begin with, but the extra burden of dealing with time zone differences proved to be very difficult this year for many students. During the academic year, many college freshman decided to either take a gap year of take introductory courses at their local community college. This was mostly due to no tuition reductions at many universities within the United States. Because of the trends mentioned above, many college admissions experts expected significant drop off in the amount of students attending American universities. This happened to actually not be the case which disapproved some earlier claims and statistics that I came across during my early research. In part 2, we will be looking at college enrollment increases and decreases at many American universities. I will be talking more about what type of universities thrived during the pandemic and what type of universities experienced significant financial losses. Stayed tuned for tomorrow!

Thanks for tuning in,

Karan Mehta



College student visa: No new international students at US universities (usatoday.com)

Coronavirus will harm America’s international students—and the universities they attend (brookings.edu)


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