The New York Times reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s immigration policies scared away many foreign students resulting to a massive drop in applications to American colleges by international citizens.
The Times cited a survey of 260 colleges and universities that showed almost 40 percent of colleges are recording overall declines in applications from international students. The survey was released this week by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
The story, however, excluded two key figures in that survey: 35 percent of colleges saw a rise in the number of international applicants and 26 percent saw no change in the number of applications from international students.
Since the data only cover the Fall 2017 semester, it is hard to tell whether Trump’s policies had anything to do with the results at all.
The Daily Caller reports:
In spite of the absence of data proving a linear trend, the Times headline read: “Foreign Applications Dip at Some Colleges Amid Fear of ‘Trump Effect,’” drawing a quote from Portland State University President Wim Wiewel, who cited foreign students. Wiewel’s only political contribution was to a Democrat in 2016, according to OpenSecrets.org.
The survey does say that the data reported is only preliminary and that the final report is set to be released on March 30.