Top 10 US Colleges for International Students
Whether you are eager to pursue a degree full-time in the US or you wish to simply study at a US college for a semester, there are plenty of great schools that accept international students such as yourself with open arms.
To give you an idea of what schools to consider, here is a list of the US colleges that hosted the most international students in the 2011/2012 school year, according to recent numbers released by the Institute of International Education.
|College/University:||City/State:||Total International Students:|
|1. University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||9,269|
|2. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||8,997|
|3. New York University||New York, NY||8,660|
|4. Purdue University – Main Campus||West Lafayette, IN||8,563|
|5. Columbia University||New York, NY||8,024|
|6. University of California – Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||6,703|
|7. Northeastern University||Boston, MA||6,486|
|8. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||6,382|
|9. Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||6,209|
|10. Ohio State University – Main Campus||Columbus, OH||6,142|
Pros of attending one of these colleges:
Colleges that host a large number of international students will likely be well equipped to respond to the unique needs of international students studying in the US.
Big schools such as those listed above tend to have entire offices dedicated to providing services to international students, with expert advisers on staff to assist you with things like visa issues, adapting to student life in the US, finding student housing and determining what classes to take.
You may also feel more comfortable and find it easier to fit in at one of the colleges above due to the large size of the international student population. With so many international students, there will be plenty of others around who understand exactly what you are going through.
US college students may also be more open, welcoming and receptive at these schools, as they will be more used to interacting with students of various international backgrounds.
Cons of attending one of these colleges:
The schools have large populations of both international students and US college students. It’s possible that you may not get as much personalized attention as you would like.
Classes will likely be much bigger and you may not get to know your professors as well, international student advisers might be spread a bit too thin to give you all the individual attention you might receive at a smaller school, and it may take a bit longer to find your niche.
Though you may be one of the only international students at a smaller college, you will likely receive more personal attention. Also, smaller classes may make it easier to meet and make friends with students from the US.
Whether you decide to apply to one of the colleges listed above or you choose a smaller college, studying in the US is a rewarding experience. International students who study in the US, regardless of the college, will likely come out of the experience with a better grasp of English-language idioms, a more complete understanding of US culture and new friends that last a lifetime.