California Remains Top U.S. Destination for Foreign Students, Yet Enrollment Is Slipping

Students from China and Taiwan at the Southwestern Academy in San Marino in 2016.(Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Students from China and Taiwan at the Southwestern Academy in San Marino in 2016.(Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

California remains the top U.S. destination for foreign students, who primarily come from China and India, with enrollment dipping slightly in the 2018-19 school year for the first time in at least a decade, according to a survey released Monday.

Nationally, new enrollments of international students declined for the third year in a row although overall numbers are at a record high of nearly 1.1 million, according to a survey of 2,800 U.S. colleges and universities released by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. State Department.

The number of students from China, who account for one-third of all international students in the United States, increased by 1.7% while those from India grew by 2.9%.

Some university officials have questioned whether the Trump administration’s harder line on immigration and China is driving international students toward more welcoming environments in other countries.

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