Schools with the Most International Students

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Today, more and more U.S. colleges today receive applications from high schoolers overseas. International students have become a huge part of the learning experience on campus, contributing to school diversity with their knowledge, ideas, and cultures. The following list includes national universities and liberal arts colleges with the highest percentages of international students as of 2018.

National Universities
School NameLocation% International
Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourne, FL32%
The New SchoolNew York, NY32%
University of RochesterRochester, NY24%
Boston UniversityBoston, MA22%
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA22%
Suffolk UniversityBoston, MA22%
Brandeis UniversityWaltham, Ma21%
Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago, IL21%
University of California—San DiegoLa Jolla, CA20%
New York UniversityNew York, NY19%
Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA19%
University of TulsaTulsa, OK19%
Andrews UniversityBerrien Springs, MI 19%
University of California—IrvineIrvine, CA 17%
University of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA 17%
Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA 16%
Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette, IN 16%
University of Buffalo—SUNYBuffalo, NY 16%
University of California—DavisDavis, CA 16%
University of Illinois—Urbana-ChampagneChampagne, IL16%
University of MiamiCoral Gables, FL 15%
University of WashingtonSeattle, WA15%
Clark UniversityWorcester, MA 14%
Miami University—OxfordOxford, OH 14%
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, NY 14%
Stony Brook University—SUNY Stony Brook, NY 14%
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI 13%
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 13%
Georgetown University Washington, DC13%
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 13%
University of ChicagoChicago, IL12%
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA 12%
University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA12%
  Sources: US News
Liberal Arts Colleges
School NameLocation% International
Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA 43%
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA 27%
St. John’s College Santa Fe, NM 26%
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA 23%
College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, ME 22%
Earlham College Richmond, IN 22%
St. John’s College Annapolis, MD 22%
Grinnell College Grinnell, IA 20%
Principia College Elsah, IL 18%
Bennington College Bennington, VT 17%
Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA 17%
Knox College Galesburg, IL 17%
Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA16%
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Great Barrington, MA15%
Beloit College Beloit, WI 15%
Macalester College St. Paul, MN 15%
Wesleyan College Macon, GA 15%
Smith College Northampton, MA 14%
College of Wooster Wooster, OH 13%
Dickinson College Carlisle, PA 13%
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY 13%
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA 13%
Wellesley College Wellesley, MA 13%
Lawrence University Appleton, WI 12%
Trinity College Hartford, CT 12%
Wesleyan University Middletown, CT 12%
Pomona College Claremont, CA 11%
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY 11%
University of Minnesota–Morris Morris, MN11%
  Sources: US News

Why Do Schools Accept More International Students

For private institutions, international students are accepted for many reasons. First, having students from all over the world in the same classroom is a tremendous asset because it allows ideas and opinions to collide and spark innovation. This is also the reason why colleges have faculty members from different countries. Experts in a particular field can have very different views and by working together, they are given the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas.

Money is also another reason, especially in state schools (public institutions). For most, in-state students only have to pay half or one-third of what out-of-state students and international students have to pay. This additional “income” allows schools to recruit better faculty members, acquire facilities, and improve other aspects of the school.

Ultimately, international students serve as great resources—intellectually and financially—that make colleges a better place. If you prefer an environment where you get to meet people with different background, take a look at this table and add these schools to your college list!

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