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Top 100 US schools with the most international students

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May 26, 2023

Every year, roughly one million international students study in the US. If you are interested in pursuing higher education in America, going to a college or university with a large population of international students will likely appeal to factors important to you.

These institutions may offer you a global and diverse community, more staff and dedicated support for international students, or a strong alumni and employer network to support your professional endeavors after graduation. For instance, certain universities are well connected to employers who may hire and sponsor international students to stay and work in the US. Additionally, studying at a university or college with a large international body can also help foster a sense of belonging and a social network in the US. At some US universities, more than 30% of the student body are international students.

Depending on your goals and preferences, considering the number of international students may be an important factor in your decision-making.

Top 10 US schools with the most international students

  1. New York University
  2. Northeastern University
  3. Columbia University
  4. University of Southern California
  5. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  6. Boston University
  7. Arizona State University
  8. University of California, San Diego
  9. Purdue University
  10. University of Washington

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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.