The benefits of having international students studying in the United States (US) reach into our classrooms, school systems, and communities. For over 40 years there had been a steady increase in international students studying in the US. However, in the years following September 11, 2001 (9/11) terrorist bombings in the United States, US colleges and universities have experienced a significant decrease in overall international student enrollments. It has become increasingly difficult for college international admission offices to enroll and matriculate a large number of international students the same way they used to before 9/11. This capstone attempts to fill a void by stating the challenges involved in international student recruitment and providing a comparative study of various current strategies employed by US colleges and universities for international student admissions and recruitment. Through better understanding of what is self-perceived to be effective recruitment strategies post-9/11, as well as the reasons for the declining enrollment, international admissions and recruitment offices can improve their recruitment efforts to reverse the trend of declining international student enrollments.