Students Hesitant to Study in US

This brief present the results of an updated survey showing the impact of the U.S. November 2016 election on international student applications to U.S. business schools.

August 2017


This research brief includes updated results through July 2017 of ongoing GMAC research of international students asked about their likelihood to study in the United States as a result of the 2016 US election. The survey findings show that the 2016 U.S. election results continue to have a negative impact on international student applications to both MBA and master's programs at U.S. business schools for the 2017 application cycle.

One-fourth (26%) of non-US citizen business school candidates who considered the United States as a study destination are not planning to apply to any graduate business programs in the United States. Many candidates who are applying to US graduate business programs are also applying to schools in other regions of the world.