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### Deceptive Practices in Global Admission Offices: A Growing Concern

Portland State University, an institution primarily known within Oregon, has unexpectedly garnered attention from international applicants, particularly from India and Bangladesh. The influx of applications from these regions, while initially promising for the university’s enrollment goals, has led to a significant discrepancy between the anticipated and actual number of enrolled international students.

Lindsay Stamsos, the university’s international admission counselor, expressed surprise at the situation, highlighting the challenges faced by the institution. A thorough examination of the applications revealed a concerning trend of potential fraud, with a substantial percentage of applications from India and Bangladesh appearing to contain falsified information or identities.

The landscape of international student recruitment has been shifting, with India emerging as a key market for U.S. colleges. However, this transition has brought about new complexities, including vulnerabilities in visa systems and the rise of fraudulent practices orchestrated by recruitment agents seeking to exploit the process for personal gain.

The prevalence of fraudulent applications poses a significant burden on admissions offices, particularly at smaller institutions like Portland State, which lack the resources to effectively combat this issue. The painstaking task of identifying fraudulent documents strains the limited personnel and resources available, impacting the university’s credibility and financial stability.

Moreover, recruiters in India and Bangladesh are capitalizing on the scarcity of visa appointments by fabricating applications to secure coveted spots in the queue. This exploitation of the system not only undermines the integrity of the admissions process but also contributes to a high rate of no-shows and dropouts among international students.

The challenges extend beyond Portland State, as other institutions, such as Cleveland State University, have also grappled with issues of student ghosting and fraudulent applications. The phenomenon of students transferring to other institutions shortly after enrollment poses a significant challenge, particularly in cases where students exploit visa regulations to seek alternative pathways for employment and residency.

Addressing these issues requires a concerted effort to enhance quality assurance measures, strengthen certification standards for recruiting agencies, and collaborate with government entities to mitigate fraudulent practices. The evolving landscape of international student recruitment demands a proactive approach to safeguard the integrity of the admissions process and uphold the reputation of U.S. higher education institutions.