Admit Data: Make Informed Admissions Decision
By Yoko Kono
By Yoko Kono
Did you know that over half of ALL engineering graduate-level students at U.S. colleges and universities are international? Needless to say, engineering is a popular field for international students. In fact, one in three international graduate students currently majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at a U.S. college or university is studying towards an engineering master’s or doctoral degree.
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Below is a map of the 50 U.S. colleges and universities that attract the most international graduate students in engineering. Are you planning to major in an engineering-related field and searching for the right graduate school for you? This map will help you better understand the characteristics of your graduate school options.
So, what exactly does this map show you?
First of all, the East Coast is home to the most universities that attract the highest number of international engineering graduate students. But despite the East Coast’s perceived dominance, California alone is home to seven universities with some of the largest international engineering graduate populations as well. This may be tied to the presence of tech hubs like Silicon Valley, where nearly one-fourth of all jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree in STEM! It’s also important to note that large engineering programs are often near metropolitan areas where the local workforce relies on STEM knowledge.
Public vs. Private
While conducting your search, another feature for you to look into is whether the engineering program is a part of a public or private university. Of the 50 schools we’ve listed, 36 are public and 14 are private. So, here’s the good news: in the U.S., you can find reputable and quality engineering programs at both public and private universities. Although not always the case, private universities tend to have a smaller overall student population; but the more important factor that you should consider is the program or school’s student-faculty ratio.
Proportion of International Students
Last but not least, the map shows the international student share of total graduate enrollment in engineering. For instance, 62 percent of all graduate students in engineering programs at Carnegie Mellon University are international. This compares to the national average of 55 percent. Overall, most of the 50 universities on our engineering list have a greater concentration of international students than the average U.S. institution.
Deciding on which engineering program to apply to and enroll in can be a complicated process—but it doesn’t have to be, so long as you determine what factors matter to you most (percentage of international student population, location, etc.). While searching for the right fit for you, you’ll have to look into the specifics of each graduate program and weigh various aspects, including those we shared here. As Albert Einstein intelligently said, “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
We hope this post kick-starts your deeper exploration of graduate programs that are right for you! Have any of our findings surprised you? Do you have any follow up questions or opinions you’d like to share? Please feel free to leave a comment below!
*Note: Figures on international graduate students majoring in STEM are based on World Education Services’ (www.wes.org) analysis of 2011 data from the National Science Foundation, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorate in Science and Engineering. Data refers to only full-time students and excludes programs with less than 30 full-time students. The broad category of engineering includes: Aerospace, agricultural, architecture, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, engineering, industrial, mechanical, metallurgical/materials, mining, nuclear, petroleum, and other engineering. Data on institutional type are from the National Center for Educational Statistics.
Yoko Kono is a Research Associate for the WES Research & Advisory Services team at World Education Services. Yoko fell in love with everything international during her undergraduate program when she learned Mandarin and studied abroad at Nanjing University, China. She holds a M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University.