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    Hello everyone!

    A study by the Council of Graduate Schools states that the number of graduate school applications from international applicants fell for the first time in a decade. Applications dropped 3% and enrollment dropped by 1% for Fall 2017 enrollment.

    The study attributes the decline to President Trump’s travel ban clearly stating, “The travel ban itself directly affects nationals from relatively few countries; however, along with the new ‘extreme vetting’ process, the policy has generated ambiguity and uncertainty for current and prospective international graduate students more broadly.”

    While international applicant acceptances were up slightly, applications were down for every international group except Europeans (up 18%) and sub-Saharan African countries (up 12%).

    Best of luck with your applications!


    David Petersam
    AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.


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