International students applying for U.S. colleges have dropped 28% in the U.S. this year. Texas Tech University is feeling the effects of that decline.
International students make up less than 10% of Texas Tech's population. But over the past few years, a gradual decline has taken place. Faculty fear it may only get worse. "We're not getting as many applications as we used to and that's turning into we're not getting as many new students arriving," explains Dr. Robert Crosier, Director of International Student Services.
It's a decline Texas Tech officials began to notice last spring. Dr. Robert Crosier, director of international student services. He says it became even more apparent this Fall when international student enrollment dropped 4%. "The over all numbers are going to go down," says Crosier.
It's estimated to be down by 10% this semester. That decline is especially seen in those students coming from South Asia. "I think it's probably the tuition fees, it's been going up, like 10% that's probably the reason and the visa procedure that has become more astringent," says Blajy Rao, engineering student from India.
The biggest concern is that with the loss of well qualified students, universities like Texas Tech will also see a negative impact on research studies. "It probably will negatively impact a higher education in general in the long run if some of these trends we are currently seeing are not reversed," says Crosier.
Texas Tech is looking at possibly recruiting international students to help increase the numbers. It's something that's never been done before at Tech.