International Students: How Many and Where?

by | Sep 2, 2016

During the last decade, US colleges have experienced the great advantage of receiving international students. At a minimum, they add diversity to the campus, enriching the experience of the other students. Colleges with a strong global presence are well regarded and offer a wealth of cultural groups and events, allowing the melting pot phenomenon in their own turf.

An “international feel” is certainly appealing to prospective US students, and often plays an important role decision to attend a school. As college years are usually perceived as an opportunity to expose themselves to different cultures, languages, foods and customs, the “international flavor” is usually flagged with pride in most college presentations.

From the international student’s perspective, I have seen different perspectives: some prefer to immerse themselves in an “all American” experience, while others prefer a college with more people “like them”, meaning more international students. Whichever the preference might be, it is always interesting to learn where the international students attend!

The list below indicates the percentage of international students in some US colleges (based on 2015 statistics)


CollegeLocationPercentage International
Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourne, FL33%
New SchoolNew York, NY32%
Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago, IL30%
University of TulsaTulsa, OK27%
Lynn UniversityBoca Raton, FL23%
Carnegie Melon UniversityPittsburgh, PA21%
Andrews UnivesityBarrien Springs, MI20%
Univ. of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, CA20%
Boston UniversityBoston, MA19%
Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA19%
University of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA19%
Brandeis UniversityWaltham, MA18%
Purdue Univ.-West LafayetteWest Lafayette, IN18%
University of RochesterRochester, NY17%
SUNY University at BuffaloBuffalo, NY16%
Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA15%
New York UniversityNew York, NY15%
Univ. of Illinois-Urbana ChamplainChamplain, IL15%
University of WashingtonSeattle, WA15%
Clark UniversityWorcester, MA14%
Univ. of California-BerkleyBerkeley, CA14%
University of MiamiCoral Gabbes, FL14%
Columbia UniversityNew York, NY13%
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PA13%
Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI13%
Univ. of California-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA13%
University of OregonEugene, OR13%
University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA13%
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MA13%
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI12%
Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC12%
Rice UniversityHuston, TX12%
University of California-IrvineIrvine, CA12%
Univ. of Massachusetts-BostonBoston, MA12%
Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GA11%
Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA11%
Indiana University-BloomingtonBloomington, IN11%
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ11%
SUNY Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NY11%
Syracuse UniversitySyracuse, NY11%
University of DaytonDayton, OH11%
University of IowaIowa City, IA11%
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA11%
SUNY Binghamton UniversityBinghamton, NY10%
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY10%
Duke UniversityDurham, NC10%
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD10%
Massachusetts Institute of Tech.Cambridge, MA10%
Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, PA10%
University of ChicagoChicago, IL10%
University of Colorado, DenverDenver, CO10%
University of DenverDenver, CO10%
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT10%
Arizona State UniversityTemple, AZ9%
California Inst. of TechnologyPasadena, CA9%
Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, OH9%
George Washington UniversityWashington, DC9%
Morgan State UniversityBaltimore, MD9%
Pace UniversityNew York, NY9%
Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA9%
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, NY9%
Tennessee State UniversityNashville, TN9%
Univ. of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MN9%
Dartmouth CollegeHannover, NH8%
Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL8%
Ohio State University-ColumbusColumbus, OH8%
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA8%
Tufts UniversityMedford, MA8%
University of California-DavisDavis, CA8%
University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, NE8%
Washington Univ. in St LouisSaint Louis, MO8%
American University, DCWashington, DC7%
Barry UniversityMiami Shores, FL7%
Iowa State UniversityAmes, IA7%
Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PA7%
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