It became a monotonous, empty promise made by many celebrities and prominent liberals, “If Donald Trump wins I’m moving to Canada!”
As the Republican nominee did in fact defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the election to become the next President of the United States, there surely was significant outrage from the left. However, virtually all threats to “move to Canada” were reversed once Trump actually won.
Despite celebrities consistently backing out of these promises, it now appears that college admissions actually may be seeing an impact made from the election.
For many millennials, a Trump Presidency was the last thing they wanted to see. Being part of a group which overwhelmingly opposed the Republican nominee, it now appears that many young people are actively looking to escape the reality of living under a President Trump.
For example, the University of Toronto has reported a drastic 70% increase in the number of American applicants as compared to last year. Conversely, American schools have actually seen less international students applying this year. Especially from China, India, and Pakistan — countries whose citizens typically make up a significant portion of international students at American universities.
Although the results of the Presidential election certainly had an impact for many, Canadian university officials are relunctant to say the change has been as a result of Donald Trump. They often cite their relatively low tuition and their increased recruitment of American students over the years.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if the increased levels of applications will result in increased enrollment from American students moving forward.
What do you think? Would it be a surprise if students are in fact looking to attend school outside of the United States to escape a President Trump? Let HYPELINE know what you think in the comments!