Colleges from Quebec to British Columbia say applications and website traffic from the United States have been surging since Trump's victory Nov. 8. Although many Canadian schools had also ramped up recruiting in the U.S. recently, some say dismay over the presidential election has fueled a spike in interest beyond their expectations.
Lara Godoff, a 17-year-old from Napa, California, said she scrapped any notion of staying in the U.S. the day after the election. Among other concerns, Godoff, a Democrat, said she fears Trump's administration will ease enforcement of federal rules against sexual assault, making campuses less safe for women.
"If we live in a country where so many people could elect Donald Trump, then that's not a country I want to live in," she said.
Miss Godoff would be safer going to any college, Canadian or otherwise, than staying out, because sexual assault rates on campus are lower than those in the real world, and if she refrains from drinking to excess, the chances of being the victim of an unwelcome sexual advance are almost nil. They probably haven't pointed that out to her in her high school victimhood/oppression classes.
But she's not alone;
Applications to the University of Toronto from American students have jumped 70 percent compared with this time last year, while several other Canadian schools have seen increases of 20 percent or more. U.S. applications to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, are up 34 percent.
In the U.S., officials at some colleges say it's clear Trump's election is tilting enrollment patterns. Some recruiters say foreign students are avoiding the U.S. amid worries about safety and deportation, opting for Canada or Australia instead. And Canadian schools have noticed growing interest from China, India and Pakistan.
On the other hand, this is discouraging: there probably aren't enough snowflakes leaving to make a marked improvement.
Although it's too early to say how many U.S. students will enroll in Canada next fall, some colleges expect to see more Americans on campus based on the flurry of interest.
Traditionally, Canada hasn't been a hugely popular college destination for Americans. In 2014, it drew about 9,000 students from the U.S., compared with 57,000 from China, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education.