Friday, May 18, 2018

"For years, Chinese students flocked to MSU. Now their numbers are declining"

Between 2006 and 2014, MSU’s Chinese undergraduate enrollment skyrocketed from fewer than 100 to nearly 4,000. For a time, more Chinese undergraduates were enrolled at MSU than at any other university in the country.

Collectively, they've made a tremendous impact — culturally and financially — on MSU and in the surrounding community.

By . . . 2015, the steadily growing stream had begun to ebb. MSU had started recruiting Chinese students earlier than most, but other U.S. schools soon threw their hats in the ring. China began bolstering its own universities. More recently, the federal government has begun issuing fewer student visas.

The decline is more than an issue of demographics for MSU and the surrounding community.

Many Chinese undergraduates arrived with a lot of disposable income. Their presence created new markets for high-end apartments and luxury cars.