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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Dr. Alla Korzh


The purpose of this capstone is to explore strategies employed by graduate-level admissions professionals to counteract the recent fall in international student enrollment as reported by the US Department of State in November of 2018. The US depends heavily on foreign students for economic gains nationally and financial stability at the institutional level. Through the semi-structured interviews with five international admissions professions, this qualitative research study examined the factors that may drive international students away from the US. The findings of this study demonstrate that the cost of education, violence, bigotry on campus, the national anti-immigrant discourse, and the inability for some international graduate students to access services on campus are major factors deterring international students from enrolling in US universities. This paper explores each challenge and strategies to counteract or minimize the impact that a loss of international students can bring to an institution.


Educational Administration and Supervision | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | International and Comparative Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services