The crackdown, says Kathy Hammett, director for international student services, has contributed to fewer international students choosing U.S. schools, and forcing some schools to close their English as a second language programs.
Xavier is no exception. Its 116 foreign undergraduate students admitted for 2002-2003 was a drop of 11 from the previous year, and the number of ESL students dropped from 79 in 2001-2002 to 58 last year. The number expected for this fall is even less, Hammett says. “We have concerns about that.”