• Beth & Tim Manners

Forbes Ranks Schools For International Students

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

Forbes: “Though America still hosts over a million foreign learners, first-time international undergraduates in the U.S. sank 6.6% in 2017 according to the IIE, a nonprofit that tracks international exchange in education. Even the schools that prioritize international students have been hit by the trend. At Forbes’ 50 Top Schools for International Students of 2019 (full list below), the percentage of undergraduates who were international surged from 7.6% in 2009 to 11.3% in 2016. In 2017, it nudged to 11.5%, a mere 0.2% increase.”


“To put together our best schools for international student ranking, we used experts’ insights and our philosophy of ‘outputs over inputs.’ We weight school quality at 60%, based on our Top Colleges rankings’ methodology. Drawing from the federal government’s IPEDS database, we weigh international student six-year graduation rate at 15% of our ranking. We reward schools with full-need aid or need-blind admission policies for international students, data we draw from schools’ websites, with 5% of our ranking each.”


“Schools with high enrollment figures in international students’ most popular majors like engineering, business and math are rewarded up to 5% (per the IIE and the government’s College Scorecard database). The size of schools’ international student body (measured as a percentage of undergrads and calculated by IPEDS) accounts for 5% of our score. The remaining 5% of the score is based on the number of foreign-born workers in the college’s combined statistical area, from the U.S. Census.”


Here is the full list of the 2019 Top Schools for International Students:

Princeton University Yale University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Harvard University Columbia University California Institute of Technology Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Amherst College Stanford University Babson College University of Pennsylvania Claremont McKenna College Georgetown University Brown University New York University Pomona College Cornell University Johns Hopkins University Lafayette College University of Chicago Dartmouth College University of California-Los Angeles University of Notre Dame Harvey Mudd College Barnard College Northwestern University Carnegie Mellon University Rice University Swarthmore College Tufts University Williams College Vassar College University of Southern California Vanderbilt University Bowdoin College Haverford College Pitzer College Washington University in St Louis Bates College Wesleyan University Wellesley College University of California-Berkeley Boston College Middlebury College University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Carleton College University of Maryland-College Park Grinnell College Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Colgate University

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