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July 06, 2017

Concerns over President Trump's immigration policies have not affected international interest in American higher education. That's according to new data out this week from U.S. universities.

President Trump's updated executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries went into effect last week after the Supreme Court lifted legal blocks on the ban.

In April, college admissions officers had expressed concerns in a survey that Trump's rhetoric and policies would deter international students from enrolling, amounting to millions of dollars in lost tuition revenue.

Four in 10 of the colleges that responded said they had seen a drop in applications from around the globe. Nearly 80 percent expressed concerns about application yield.

But the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and the Institute of International Education report that, despite some regional differences, overall enrollment of international students has remained steady.

A follow-up survey finds that the rate of accepted international students that plan on enrolling held steady in the Northeast and West and dropped slightly in the South and Midwest.

"Rhetoric and policies aren't going to change student interest in the education system,” said AACRAO deputy director Melanie Gottlieb. “I think the question will remain as to whether or not students will still be able to come."

Gottlieb said schools are still concerned about getting student visas approved.

Earlier: Travel Ban's 'Chilling Effect' Could Cost Universities Hundreds Of Millions

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