Sep 19, 2019

MBA applications fall in the wake of strict visa rules and trade war

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Business schools are experiencing continued dips in MBA applications amid heightened anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S. and ongoing trade war tensions, the Financial Times reports.

The big picture: Stricter rules for international-student visas have discouraged foreign students from applying, along with America's increasingly anti-immigrant politics. University officials fear the issue is specifically troublesome for Chinese students — among the largest international-student population at American business schools — as the U.S.-China trade war persists.

By the numbers:

  • Stanford University cites a 6% drop in MBA applications.
  • Dartmouth College saw a 22.5% drop in applications at its Tuck School of Business this year.
  • Duke University saw a 14.6% drop this year.
  • University of Chicago's Booth School of Business saw an uptick this year of 3.4%, but is still recovering from an 8.2% drop in 2018.

Between the lines: Business school leaders worry stalled intake numbers could lead to program closures. Universities that recently closed their MBA programs include the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University.

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U.S. universities lose students from China

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"After a decade of booming enrollment by students from China, American universities are starting to see steep declines as political tensions between the two countries cut into a major source of tuition revenue," AP reports.

Why it's happening: The U.S trade war with China and concerns about national security risks "appear to be accelerating a trend that's also driven by growing international competition, visa complications and the development of China's own higher education system," writes AP.

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What matters to college students today

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Axios contacted editors at 120 U.S. college student newspapers and asked them, “What matters most to students today?”

What they’re saying: Race, diversity and inclusion were by far the most discussed issues among student editors across public and private universities, community colleges, liberal arts schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and religious universities in all 50 states.

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Universities' construction overhaul is ballooning

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Universities and colleges in the U.S. have been renovating and building up their aging campuses in hopes of wooing a dwindling number of students to enroll.

The big picture: Higher education institutions are banking on returns on these investments, but student enrollment has been trending downward for 8 consecutive semesters, shuttering 11 universities this year. "25 more are anticipating either closing or consolidating in the next four years," Education Dive reports.

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