Sunday, August 10, 2014

US Universities that Attract the Most International Students

America’s reputation around the world may wax and wane as its foreign policies and leaders change, but its colleges seem only to grow in global luster and appeal. Foreign students contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2012-2013 school year, 12% more than the previous year, according to trade group NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.

1

University of Southern California


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Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Number of international students: 9,840
Proximity to Hollywood and the California sunshine certainly don't hurt. USC, where 72% of its foreign population is graduate students (most in the engineering school), has led this list for 12 straight years. As a state, California attracts more international students than any other.
2

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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Location: Urbana Champaign, Ill.
Number of international students: 9,804
The most-highly ranked public university on the list, U of I may not score points for its brutal winters, but it wins international students nonetheless, in part because of its well-regarded computer science and engineering programs.
3

Purdue University


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Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Number of international students: 9,509
Twenty-four percent of Boilermakers hailed from overseas last year, including 4,974 undergraduates (the largest international undergraduate population in the U.S.). The university, best known for producing top-notch engineers, hosts students from 126 countries.
4

New York University


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Location: New York, N.Y.
Number of international students: 9,362
NYU, which has campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai (and 11 other academic centers around the world), brands itself as a global university. Big city appeal, strong academic reputation, and celebrity alums have all helped lure students from 133 countries to its Manhattan campus.