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Top 100 US schools with the most international students employed on OPT

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May 26, 2023

As you are researching the top US universities,  it is important as an international student to consider which institutions will best support you in your employment journey. This ranking will help you identify which schools have the strongest reputation of international students securing employment related to their degree post-graduation.

In the US, you can legally work for up to a year after graduation through a work authorization called OPT. Working on OPT gives you more time to gain work experience in the US and secure another visa to work and live in the country. Schools with a high number of students employed on OPT may indicate an excellent employer network and reputation for international students, and also offer a rich network of international peers. If your goal is to remain in the US after graduation, considering the number of international students employed on OPT should be a crucial factor in your decision-making.

Top 10 US Schools with the most international students employed on OPT

  1. Northeastern University
  2. New York University
  3. Columbia University
  4. University of Southern California
  5. University of Texas at Dallas
  6. Arizona State University
  7. Carnegie Mellon University
  8. University of Texas at Arlington
  9. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  10. University of California, Berkeley

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About the rankings

Interstride’s University Rankings show the top 170+ universities in the US based on international student outcomes: employability. As an international student, you are making an important investment in your education. Choosing the right program and institution that fits who you are and your goals are key. What comes after your studies is especially important: career outcomes. We’re here to help you identify universities that are supporting international students like you to achieve your dreams in the US.

How we created this ranking

Data for Interstride’s 2022-2023 University Rankings for International Students come from 2021 records from the following sources:

Visit our methodology page for more detailed information about how we created these rankings.