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Beyond the Ivy League for International Students


Ivy LeagueIf you’re worried that your SAT or ACT scores aren’t high enough to get into a US Ivy League school like Harvard or Yale, you have plenty of company.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t attend a great school and obtain a top notch education that will help you secure the job of your dreams.

According to Lynn O’Shaughnessy at The College Solution Blog, 99.8% of students attend non-Ivy League schools. And certainly more than 0.2% of graduates have rewarding, fulfilling careers!

Below is a list of 10 of the best non-Ivy League colleges for international students. These colleges (listed in no particular order), were taken from a larger list compiled by Great Value College where schools were rated based on both their US News and World rankings for colleges with the most international students as well as their affordability.

10 Top Non-Ivy League Colleges for International Students

1. University at Buffalo – SUNY (Buffalo, NY)

2. Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

3. Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)

4. Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)

5. Rice University (Houston, TX)

6. University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

7. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)

8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

9. Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL)

10. Duke University (Durham, NC)

Finding the Perfect College for You

Of course, attending an Ivy League school is something to be proud of, but it doesn’t determine future happiness or success. O’Shaughnessy’s statistics are a stark reminder that the options for attending a US college or university are nearly limitless, no matter your budget or field of study.

The above list is just a very small sampling of the myriad of US colleges available to interested international students. With a little research, you’ll find hundreds of great community colleges, public universities and liberal arts schools in the US. Any one of them may provide you with the education and skills for a happy and healthy future.

At the end of the day, it’s all about finding the right college for you and making sure that wherever you choose to study in the US you make the most of it, whether it’s an Ivy League college or not.



2 Responses to “Beyond the Ivy League for International Students”

  1. Rajib Sobhan Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Many of my friends and myself included are international students that graduated from non ivy league colleges in the US and have successful careers and happy lives.

  2. Claire Chang (age 12) Says:

    As an international student (I’m Taiwanese), I totally agree! Just because a university has a prestigious name, doesn’t mean it provides a better education, has better environment, makes you a better person, etc.
    In fact, I’m writing a research essay on this topic (due tomorrow) and I’m trying to find some extra information now.
    Can’t wait to go to college~~

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