2017 International Enrollment Hot Topics Survey

  Survey Dates:  September 12, 2017 – September 26, 2017 

Once again, our group of higher education associations is jointly surveying its members/member institutions to gather data regarding trends on your campus from the Fall 2017.

About the Survey:
The partner organizations are: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), College Board, Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Institute of International Education (IIE), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain feedback on current events and trends in the field that may impact your international student enrollments for this academic year (starting in Fall 2017). By sharing this information with the international education community and the media, we hope to develop a wider understanding among the press, the general public, and policy makers at state and national levels, about how higher education institutions continue to be affected by the various factors which impact international enrollments. Please note that for the purpose of this survey, an international student is defined as anyone studying in the United States on a non-immigrant, temporary visa that allows for academic coursework.

Please answer the questions to the best of your ability.  All institutional-level responses will be anonymous and only aggregated information will be shared. We ask for your contact information only to ensure that no more than one reply is received per institution, and to facilitate follow up if there are any questions. If you are not the best contact for this survey, please forward it to another colleague on your campus who may be able to complete it.

A summary of the results will be posted on the websites of all the cooperating organizations on November 13, 2017 and distributed to the media in a joint press release.  We will send our members copies of the press release as well, in case your school wishes to tailor it for local media use, inserting your own enrollment figures and relevant quotes from campus officials.

Please respond by September 26, 2017 so that we may include your responses in the findings that we report to the press and public during International Education Week in November 2017.

Thank you very much for participating in this short survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Topic:  Enrollment and Recruitment

* Non-degree students are defined as students in exchange programs, Intensive English Programs, certificate programs, continuing education, and non-credit programs or classes, as well as all other international students enrolled at your institution that are not pursuing a degree.

**For this survey, Optional Practical Training includes both students who are pending and approved as of the date that you are completing this survey.


List of places of origin in each world region.

Question 4: Describe the enrollment of new international students on campus in the Fall 2017 compared to the Fall 2016.
Question 5: What countries are you prioritizing for outreach and/or recruitment?  
You may select more than one item.
Question 6:  Looking ahead to the next year’s recruiting cycle for international students who will enroll in the Fall 2018, how concerned is your institution about maintaining or increasing the numbers of international students? 
Region/CountryVery ConcernedSomewhat ConcernedNot at all ConcernedDo not have students from this region/country
Africa, Sub-Saharan
Asia (excluding China & India)
China (excluding Taiwan and Hong Kong)
Europe (including Turkey and Cyprus)
Latin America & Caribbean
Middle East & North Africa

List of places of origin in each world region.

Topic:  Current U.S. Social and Political Climate

Question 7: How has the current social and political climate in the United States impacted current or prospective international students?
You may select more than one item.

Positive Impacts:
Negative Impacts:
Institutional Response:

Our institution has:

Topic: Enrollment from Select Muslim-Majority Countries

Over the past year, several U.S. policies have been released that may impact international student enrollments, such as the Executive Orders 13769 and 13780 (“travel bans”), which placed limits on travel to the United States from selected countries.

Question 8: For each place of origin listed below, provide the total number (estimated, if need be) of international students that accepted admission to your institution for Fall 2017, the number of new students that arrived on campus in Fall 2017, and the total number of international students from each place of origin in the Fall 2017.

Include students from all academic levels.
Descriptions# of students that accepted admission for Fall 2017# of NEW students that arrived on campus in Fall 2017 # of continuing students enrolled in Fall 2017Do not have students from this place of origin
Place of origin-
World Total

Topic: Students from Conflict Areas

This question seeks to better understand the unique challenges and institutional responses to help prospective and current international students whose country or citizenship is from an area experiencing political and social conflict: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan South Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, and Yemen. 
Question 9:  Considering both prospective and current international students at your institution from all conflict areas, what challenges have they experienced when applying or enrolling?

You may select more than one item.
Question 10:  Considering both prospective and current international students at your institution from all conflict areas, how has your institution addressed their challenges in applying or enrolling?

You may select more than one item.

Topic: International Students from China

Question 11:  Considering the enrollment of Chinese students on your campus, how concerned is your institution about the following potential challenges?  

You may select more than one item.
Topics Very ConcernedSomewhat ConcernedNot at all Concerned
Authenticating application documents (e.g., recommendations, essays)
Falsified admission test scores
English-language preparedness
Academic preparedness
Integrating students on campus
Academic integrity (e.g., proper citation and referencing)
Engaging students in the classroom
Too many Chinese students on campus
Not enough Chinese students on campus
Question 12:  How has your institution sought to support, integrate, and retain international students from China?

You may select more than one item.
We plan to share some of your comments and ideas with the press and public, but will not provide your individual name or contact information unless you give us permission to do so.
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Institutional Information:

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