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Texas universities see decline in international applications

HOUSTON (AP) — International applications to public universities in Texas have dropped by at least 10,000 over the past year, and some school officials cite President Donald Trump as a cause.

A review of university data by the Houston Chronicle shows a 12.5 percent decrease in applications from international students last fall. That compares to the 30 percent increase in applications from 2013 to 2016.

Analysts and campus administrators say a sluggish global economy and greater competition from other countries have impacted applications. Some also say President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has created an unwelcoming environment.

Former University of Houston admissions director Jeff Fuller, who left his post in May, says the country’s politics has made some international students uncomfortable.

The university saw a decline in applications but says it admitted about the same number of international undergraduates.

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