Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The 25 Most Popular Universities for International Students: Where Do You Fit?


Admit Data: Make Informed Admissions Decision
By Yoko Kono

You recently decided that you want to get your undergraduate degree in the U.S., but don’t know where to start looking. You've heard about a few universities from your friends and family, but want to gather more information. Does this sound a little too familiar? 

Yes, we know that making the decision to study abroad and the research that comes with it can seem like an overwhelming task but don’t worry, you’re not alone!

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Read more Admit Data posts that may interest you:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Right now you might be wondering, “Where are other international students like me studying at?” Here’s a map of the top 25 American colleges and universities that are currently hosting the most international students. In other words, of the 760,000 international students in the U.S., more than 20 percent of them are studying at one of these institutions!





So what does this mean for you? These destinations may be attractive to you, but there are other important factors you should consider too as you try to find schools that truly match your ability, personality and goals. While searching and “doing your homework” on different colleges and universities abroad, be sure to ask yourself, “What are your odds of being accepted? What are the pros and cons to having a large international student community?”


For example, 13 percent of the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign’s undergraduate population is international, and 63 percent of undergraduate applicants were admitted. In comparison, the University of Florida has an international population of only one percent, but is more selective with a 44 percent acceptance rate. Based on your personal preferences and admission expectations, you can compare and contrast these characteristics to gain a more complete picture.

Choosing where to apply to should be based on more than just rankings, names or where your friends are going. You should explore the often overlooked—but important—factors, such as the chance of getting accepted and the size of the international student community. Picking the right university isn't an exact science, but with a little bit more digging, you’ll definitely find the schools that are right for you. 

Good luck and happy searching!




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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.

12 comments:

  1. I am a international student studying Environmental Science( M. PHIL) at University of Ghana, Legon. How can I obtain a Second master in any of the Universities as scholarship student?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To obtain a graduate degree in the U.S., I would suggest that you do some research online for schools that offer your major of interest. Then, contact specific schools for more information regarding their program and courses. I think this would be a great first step to finding more information about studying abroad in the U.S.

      Delete
  2. Hi,
    I am Bachelor of Computer Science graduate from India . It's a 3 year course.
    Am i eligible to take up Graduation courses at universities like Harvard,majoring in Computer Science?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for leaving us a comment. I would suggest that you see our other blog post on how U.S. universities evaluate 3-year Indian degrees here: http://www.wesstudentadvisor.org/2014/04/how-us-universities-evaluate-indian-degrees.html

      Delete
  3. AnonymousJune 28, 2014

    i have done b.s honours with botany in pakistan with 3.2 gpa., can i quailfy for my m.s in any canadian universty... plesae guide me

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi, I am a student from Singapore with high school 12th grade cert and 10th grade cert from India State Board. I would like to pursue my undergraduate engineering degree in the US, could you please suggest me colleges with high international acceptance rate and their degrees are recognised by ABET and also with deferment options

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi. I am pursuing my bachelor in accounting from ohio northern university, Ada, Ohio. I am in the first semester of my freshman year. I want to switch my university for the next semester. Please tell me can I do so?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi. I am pursuing my bachelor in accounting from ohio northern university, Ada, Ohio. I am in the first semester of my freshman year. I want to switch my university for the next semester. Please tell me can I do so?

    ReplyDelete
  7. can you give me a universities in India where I can study undergraduate degree in computer forensics and security

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi I'm jamaicain i would like an international university which accept CXC in the U.S.A and in one that i may have majors in sciences and Majors available for me to become a dermatologist

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi, am a Nigerian I hold a bachelors degree in counselling psychology, university of Ibadan. I would like to pursue masters in medical social work in the US or in China. Can u suggest for me universities that offers scholarship programs and with high international acceptance

    ReplyDelete
  10. i am indian and completed my bachelors in engineering with 63 percent. is there any university in Canada which takes student for MS with this percentage.?? my ielts score is 7.

    ReplyDelete

Comments posted on wesstudentadvisor.org may be moderated.

Like us on Facebook for exclusive content from U.S. Admissions Experts!