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Below you will find a list of the 50 best-rated, most affordable colleges for international students.


The list was calculated by first looking up the US News and World Report list of the schools in the United States with the highest percentages of international students and then calculating each school’s adjusted average tuition. The list is presented by geographical region.

The “adjusted” tuition rates were calculated by subtracting each school’s average grants and scholarships packages from the baseline tuition. The numbers used for average aid packages only include financial aid (grants and scholarships) from the institutions themselves (since federal and state aid is not school specific and is not provided to international students) and do not include loans. Private schools tend to be pricier and often offer higher aid packages. Therefore, presenting adjusted tuition rates levels the playing field for private vs. public institutions. They also can give you information about what you can expect to pay if you have financial need and/or qualify for merit-based scholarships. Not all schools offer aid packages to international students, so in places where schools offer outstanding financing options to international students it is emphasized.

We started with 100 schools on the list (the 100 schools in the U.S. with the highest percentages of international students) organized in two separate ways: in descending order from highest-rated to lowest-rated, and in descending order from cheapest to most expensive. The schools on each list was assigned a number from 1 to 100 based on its place on the list. By adding together the school’s number from each list,  a value score was calculated.  The 50 schools with the lowest overall scores made this list – the lowest of which had a score of 7, and the highest of which got a score of 101.


1. University at Buffalo – SUNY

Buffalo, New York


The University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York, has an extensive global reach with a large number of international programs. Situated on the border of Canada, the university has more than 5,000 international students from 115 countries. There are a number of cultural programs, including a special week-long orientation for international students, a student scholar service that helps international members adjust to life in Buffalo, and an English Language Institute that helps international students prepare for university study.

Tuition: $8,211 (In-state) $20,151 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $8,573
Percentage of International Students: 16%
Value Score: 7
The number of international students at Harvard has grown by more than 35% since 1998, and today there are students at Harvard from more than 130 countries. Additionally, the number of Harvard students studying abroad has doubled since 2002. There are also Harvard offices outside of the United States, including the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Chile and Brazil. International students will also feel welcomed by the amount of research being done on global issues, from AIDS to economic development in China.

Tuition: $42,292
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $2,538
Percentage of International Students: 11%
Value Score: 29

3. Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey


Princeton welcomes international students through its Davis International Center, which offers specialized support for international students and their families and offers resources to help them adjust to life in the U.S. The school also offers a full calendar of international events, has an art museum with an extensive global collection, and supports a number of study abroad opportunities. In the 2012-2013 school year there were 555 international undergraduate and 994 international graduate students from a number of countries, including Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Korea, and India. And because of Princeton’s large aid packages, this school is a very affordable choice for international students.

Tuition: $40,170
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $7,416
Percentage of International Students: 11%
Value Score: 38

4. Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut


There are 2,249 international students at Yale – 10% of the undergraduate population, but 18% of the total student body if you include the graduate and professional schools. There are 118 countries represented, and the top ones are China, Canada, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Mexico, Australia, and Italy. The school has a special office to help immigrants adjust to life in the U.S. as well as a center for career planning, employment services, and funding options. And thanks to Yale’s large financial aid packages, most students don’t pay the full $44,000 tuition rate.

Tuition: $44,000
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $5,603
Percentage of International Students: 10%
Value Score: 39

5. Binghamton University

Binghamton, New York


Students from Binghamton come from locations as varied as Turkey, Australia, Morocco, and Germany. The school offers support for incoming exchange and dual-diploma students, special academic advising for international students, and a number of study abroad opportunities, and a number of study abroad opportunities. Listed among the elite public universities in the country, even the out-of-state tuition without scholarships isn’t too expensive. The school has a number of exchange agreements with overseas universities and offers a special orientation session for these students.

Tuition: $8,144 (In-state) $18,464 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,535
Percentage of International Students: 11%
Value Score: 53

6. Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts


Brandeis University’s International Students and Scholars Office welcomes students from 120 countries around the globe. The office assists international students by determining visa eligibility, preparing visa documents, providing guidance on immigration procedures, offering counseling on cultural adjustment, and organizing programming to enhance international students’ academic experience at Brandeis. Most international scholars are graduate students, although students come for all levels of study from countries like China, India, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Israel. Brandeis is an expensive school, but their average scholarship/grant package exceeds $30,000.

Tuition: $45,856
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $14,387
Percentage of International Students: 14%
Value Score: 58

7. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


UPenn has the largest percentage of international students of any Ivy League college, although its tuition price tag is marginally higher. The school offers a number of centers, institutes, and area studies programs to help the international students from more than 100 countries feel at home. The school also offers courses in dozens of languages and has an extensive English Language Program to help international members of the community adjust to life in the United States.

Tuition: $45,890
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $12,333
Percentage of International Students: 12%
Value Score: 60

8. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, New York


Columbia’s enrollment of international students may be in the teens at the undergraduate level, but that number goes up to a whopping 42% when looking at the graduate and professional schools. The university total, including all levels of degree programs, the medical school, and continuing studies departments, is actually 28%. The school’s faculty is heavily involved in global research and there are a number of global centers in countries from Chile to Kenya to India, that facilitate coordination between scholars from the U.S. and other countries.

Tuition: $49,138
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $13,055
Percentage of International Students: 12%
Value Score: 61

9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts


MIT is unique in that it offers open CourseWare classes in science and technology that are available in many languages to students in just about every country. The university also has the Madsar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, the National Research Foundation in Singapore, and the MIT Sloan School in China. The school also has over 700 global and international projects in the form of research, study abroad, internships, and MIT courses.

Tuition: $43,498
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,071
Percentage of International Students: 10%
Value Score: 62

10. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland


Johns Hopkins has 3,050 international undergraduate and graduate students representing 121 countries around the world. The school also has international campuses in Italy and China and a number of organizations and clubs geared specifically to international students. Johns Hopkins encourages study abroad and international research, offers special English as a Second Language Programs, and even created an International Alumni Club so students can keep in touch after graduation, no matter where they call home. With an average adjusted tuition rate of less than $12,000, JHU isn’t a bad choice at all.

Tuition: $45,470
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,666
Percentage of International Students: 10%
Value Score: 68

11. Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island


Brown has more than 1,600 international students studying on campus every year representing over 90 countries, and approximately 500 American students study abroad annually. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services works to create university policies that serve the specific needs of international students, while the Third World Center works to bring together students from diverse communities. Brown also supports a number of global initiatives, from the Focus on Africa to the Year of India, to shine a light on issues facing the international community.

Tuition: $45,612
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $13,753
Percentage of International Students: 11%
Value Score: 72

12. Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire


Dartmouth College goes out of its way to create a curriculum that is specifically designed to build global awareness. Faculty members and graduate students conduct research with colleagues on every continent, while Foreign Study and Exchange programs bring scholars from other countries to the U.S. campus. Students can study the Chinese language in Beijing or environmental studies in South Africa, while 8% of undergraduates and 28% of graduates hail from nations outside the United States. These students represent more than 60 countries and a diverse range of cultural and economic backgrounds, and Dartmouth’s average financial aid package brings many students’ tuition down below $11,000.

Tuition: $46,752
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $10,701
Percentage of International Students: 8%
Value Score: 78

13. Stony Brook University – SUNY

Stony Brook, New York


Stony Brook has a number of cultural initiatives that make international students feel welcome, including the Center for India Studies, the Japan Center, and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center. The university also offers and English as a Second Language program, an Intensive English Center, International Academic Programs and Services, a Language Learning Center, and Visa and Immigration Services. With a less than $20,000 tuition rate for out-of-state students, attending this school is a deal even without grants and scholarships.

Tuition: $7,995 (In-state) $19,935 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,638
Percentage of International Students: 9%
Value Score: 79

14. Cornell University

Ithaca, New York


Cornell has more than 20 different international institutes and centers to encourage global scholarship, from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies to the Johnson School for International Business Education. There are 3,000 international students and scholars on campus who can benefit from the special Resident Assistants in the International Living Center, get involved in the Language Expansion Program, or join one of the many student organizations for international members of the community. With an adjusted average tuition rate of over $12,000, Cornell has a higher Value Score and is lower on the list of affordable schools – but it’s still a much better deal than many universities.

Tuition: $45,358
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $12,352
Percentage of International Students: 9%
Value Score: 82

15. Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts


Northeastern has more than 2,900 partner organizations in 93 countries, and its campus houses international students from roughly 122 countries each year. The university emphasizes interdisciplinary research that focuses on global challenges in health, security, and sustainability, and alumni claim residencies in more than 145 nations around the globe. Exchange students come from universities in countries ranging from Argentina to the United Kingdom and have full access to the university catalog of courses, with few exceptions. Northeastern is an expensive choice compared to some of the other affordable schools, but its percentage of international students is also somewhat higher.

Tuition: $41,686
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $20,665
Percentage of International Students: 15%
Value Score: 91

16. University of Rochester

Rochester, New York


Students at the University of Rochester come from more than 50 countries and comprise 13% of the student body. Although it is one of the more expensive schools on this list (and why its value score is 99) the financial aid packages frequently exceed $20,000, which softens the blow of what would be a $45,000 bill. International students have access to the Office of Minority Student Affairs, the Study Abroad Office, and the International Services Office, which can help students make the adjustment to life in the U.S.

Tuition: $45,372
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $21,139
Percentage of International Students: 13%
Value Score: 99

17. The New School

New York, New York


Although you might be smarting at the $28,000 cost of attending The New School, it had to make this list because of the incredibly large percentage (29%) of the student body that represents other countries. In fact, The New School has more international students than virtually any other college in the United States. The school even has an option integrated into its website to translate the pages into several other languages! The school is home to the India China Institute, the Janey Program in Latin American Studies, the Observatory in Latin America, the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, the Zolberg Center for Global Migration, and a number of other academic opportunities that help encourage global education.

Tuition: $40,426
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $28,386
Percentage of International Students: 29%
Value Score: 101


1. Duke University

Durham, North Carolina


Duke has more than 40 international programs in addition to special advising and enrollment facilitation options for international students. There are over 3,000 international students at Duke representing more than 115 countries, which represents a 10% growth from previous years. Although international student enrollment is lower in the undergraduate school, across all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools the number is 23%. The university offers instruction in more than 20 languages, programs for students to volunteer in other nations, and over 300 partnerships with international institutions. And with an adjusted average tuition of less than $10,000, going to Duke is one of the better deals you’ll get.

Tuition: $45,376
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $9,092
Percentage of International Students: 8%
Value Score: 64

2. Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia


Emory has international students from 106 countries, including China, South Korea, and India. More students (1,011) come from China than any other nation, and most are from Asia, Europe, and Africa. Total there are over 2,300 students studying at Emory who call a country other than the U.S. home. The school offers assistants with visas and documentation, arrival in the U.S., orientation, employment, and communicating with family, as well as other services. Emory’s financial aid packages are great, although tuition is still above average.

Tuition: $44,008
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $16,531
Percentage of International Students: 13%
Value Score: 71

3. Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida


FIT is a great choice for international students because even though its tuition is somewhat on the expensive side (although its baseline is much cheaper than many private institutions) it is very highly-ranked when it comes to the percentage of students who are from other countries. The school has an active Internationalizing Campus Committee which advocates for the 1,000 international students on campus. Most international students are majoring in engineering or computer science, and they have access to immigration services, guidance with visas, workshops, and a number of programs and events. The school also offers resources for financial assistance specifically for international students.

Tuition: $36,020
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $20,333
Percentage of International Students: 28%
Value Score: 81

4. Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida


Lynn makes the list because, at 22% international student enrollment, it’s ranked the fourth highest of any school in the United States. With cultural and international organizations like Black Student Union, the International Affairs Society, and the Organization of Latin American students, international members of the Lynn community will feel right at home during their stay in the United States. There are also a number of on-campus events and programs that help to support the international community at this university.

Tuition: $33,600
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $20,605
Percentage of International Students: 22%
Value Score: 84

5. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee


Vanderbilt has a long history of supporting the international community, and has had students from other countries as part of its student body for all but two years of its existence. There are more than 1,100 international students representing more than 100 other nations. In some cases, Vanderbilt is able to meet 100% of financial need for incoming international students, and provides special scholarships to other qualifying students. The International Student and Scholars Services division of the university offers events, activities, programming, and special orientation sessions to international students. And with an adjusted tuition rate of less than $6,000, it’s hard to beat Vanderbilt’s prices!
Tuition: $42,978
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $5,363
Percentage of International Students: 5%
Value Score: 85

6. Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia


GIT educates students from places as close as Canada and as far away as China – and in fact, more international students come from China and India than any other country. Students have access to individualized academic advising, help with immigration and visa documentation, and special events that help foster a sense of global awareness on campus. The school even hosts an International Education Week to help celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. Events include opportunities to recognize international students’ and faculty members’ accomplishments.

Tuition: $10,650 (In-state) $29,954 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $13,479
Percentage of International Students: 9%
Value Score: 86

7. University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida


Every year approximately 3,000 international students and scholars (professors and researchers) representing approximately 115 countries come to the University of Miami’s campus. Staff members in the International Students and Scholars office offer advice, information, services, and programs designed to make the transition to Miami a little easier. Students and scholars get help with the immigration process, preparing taxes, communicating with governments and embassies, coping with crisis, and handling personal adjustment issues. Although baseline tuition is over $40,000, scholarship and aid packages often exceed $20,000.

Tuition: $42,852
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $18,569
Percentage of International Students: 12%
Value Score: 88

8. Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia


Georgetown, centered in Washington D.C., is an ideal location for international students. The surrounding area is incredibly diverse and is filled with ambassadors, diplomats, and their families. The school’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development designs training programs and services for international students and implements programs all over the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. There are a number of special institutes and centers for international students, such as the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships, the English Language Fellow Program, and the Indigenous and Afro-Latino Scholarship.

Tuition: $44,805
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $14,561
Percentage of International Students: 9%
Value Score: 92

9. Barry University

Miami, Florida


Barry University, although it has a lower percentage of international students than some other schools on this list, is also somewhat less expensive than many. The Office of International and Multicultural Programs provides services, programs, and resources to international students and scholars. The office provides help with making the transition to the United States, hires individual International Assistants, and provides a special international orientation session for students from other countries.

Tuition: $28,160
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,615
Percentage of International Students: 7%
Value Score: 97


1. Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana


Purdue has 8,700 students and more than 1,100 faculty and staff representing 125 other countries contributing to the university community. The school has initiatives that help students make friends with American families, volunteer to share their culture with U.S. students, participate in International Education Week and contribute to the greater Lafayette community, help with translation, and work during orientation week to welcome other international students. The school’s tuition is relatively inexpensive and it offers a number of scholarships for international students.

Tuition: $9,992 (In-state) $28,794 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $13,230
Percentage of International Students: 17%
Value Score: 49

2. University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa


The University of Iowa is a large university, so it’s no surprise that there are over 4,000 international students studying on campus, representing more than 110 countries. Most are undergraduate students, but smaller numbers are graduate and doctoral students, non-degree students, students in post-graduate training, or are in the Intensive English Program. This is a particularly good school for Asian students, as 73% of the international student body is from Asia, with over 2,000 Chinese students on campus. Campus resources include a Global Mosaic Living Learning Community, a Multicultural and International Student Summit, and a number of Nationality Organizations.

Tuition: $8,061 (In-state) $26,931 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $9,411
Percentage of International Students: 9%
Value Score: 61

3. Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois


The Illinois Institute of Technology’s International Center provides ample opportunities for international students, who make up 23% of its student population. The school offers special advising for international students, unique immigration seminars, tax preparation help, guidance for filling out documentation and visas, and even an English Conversation Program. The school also offers help with getting around the city of Chicago and navigating all the attractions and popular tourist destinations.

Tuition: $40,117
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $16,285
Percentage of International Students: 23%
Value Score: 63

4. Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan


Each year Andrews attracts students from 90-100 other countries, and the campus sometimes refers to itself as a “Global Village.” International students can get involved in a number of organizations and clubs, and often love the International Food Fair hosted on the grounds each year. As a Christian school, Andrews honors the Sabbath – and students will even find that there is an international feel on these days. Students can attend Friday German Vespers, go to French Sabbath School on Saturday mornings, go to a Jewish synagogue service, or go to a potluck in a Korean church.

Tuition: $25,470
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $16,228
Percentage of International Students: 14%
Value Score: 69

5. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, Illinois


The University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign’s International Students and Scholars service provides a number of programs for the 13% of the student population from other countries. This includes 30-minute one-on-one advising sessions to address international students’ specific questions and concerns; special orientation sessions so students can get help with immigration, employment eligibility, and visa status; and programming events, career workshops, and cultural activities. The school also offers cultural training seminars and workshops for faculty and staff to help them better understand the needs of the international community on campus.

Tuition: $14,750 (In-state) $29,132 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $15,414
Percentage of International Students: 13%
Value Score: 70

6. Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa


Iowa State is a major international teaching and research university that welcomes over 3,500 international students to its community each year. An additional 700 scholars come to the university each year to teach or do research, which can make students from other countries feel even more at home. The school offers special programs like Friendships International; I-LEAD; Coffee, Tea, and English; World Soccer Tournament; Engaging International Spouses; International Student Council; and an International Mentoring Program. And with a less than $21,000 price tag for out-of-state students, this public institution is pretty affordable even without grants and scholarships.

Tuition: $7,726 (In-state) $20,278 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $8,497
Percentage of International Students: 7%
Value Score: 71

7. Indiana University – Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana


To welcome its international students, IUB provides them with a number of cultural centers, events and programs such as the Asian Culture Center, the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. The school also offers special events, such as tutoring sessions to improve international students’ English skills. In 2013 the university had more than 8,000 international students among its very large student body, and at less than $13,000 a year on average, it’s more affordable than many options.

Tuition: $10,209 (In-state) $32,350 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $12,911
Percentage of International Students: 10%
Value Score: 75

8. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota


The University of Minnesota has partnerships with a number of countries and hosts students from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The school also provides more funding for international students than many schools, including Global Excellence Scholarships, which are merit-based; graduate assistantships; and ISSS financial aid to fund study for the last two semesters of school for international students who have experienced unforeseen financial hardship. The school also provides financial support for students to conduct research or study abroad (not to return to their home country).

Tuition: $13,555 (In-state) $19,805 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,534
Percentage of International Students: 8%
Value Score: 79

9. Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan


Michigan State has over 7,100 international students studying on its campus – 4,500 of which are undergraduates, and the rest of which are studying at the graduate level. Most students are from China, with lesser amounts from Korea, India, and Saudi Arabia. Most international students study business, making it a great choice for students wishing to get their business degrees or MBAs. Students also study engineering, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and agriculture in large amounts. MSU is very decently priced tuition wise, especially for students able to acquire scholarships.

Tuition: $12,862 (In-state) $33,750 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $15,772
Percentage of International Students: 11%
Value Score: 86

10. Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio


With 7% of its students coming from other countries, OSU is fairly far down on the list of schools with the most diverse communities – but it still breaks the Top 100. And on top of that, its public institution status means its tuition is much more affordable than a lot of the private schools higher up on the list – especially after considering the possibility of scholarships. International students can partake in a number of workshops and events, including an International Photography Competition and the Taste of OSU.

Tuition: $10,037 (In-state) $25,757 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,232
Percentage of International Students: 7%
Value Score: 86

11. Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas


Although Wichita State’s international student population is only at 5%, which means it is toward the bottom of the Top 100 Schools for International Students, it also has an average adjusted tuition of just over $6,000 – plus, its out-of-state tuition is less than $15,000, making this an incredibly affordable choice for anyone. There are more than 1,200 international students on Wichita’s campus each year, representing 110 countries. Students benefit from an International Student Union, a number of international student associations, and international housing.

Tuition: $6,926 (In-state) $14,960 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $6,322
Percentage of International Students: 5%
Value Score: 92

12. University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota


Students at the University of North Dakota are from 70 countries, and 79% of students receive some sort of financial aid. This makes the possibility that a student’s tuition will go from nearly $18,000 to just over $10,000 much more likely. There are also some scholarships just for international students, and there is a first-year partial tuition waiver for undergraduates who qualify. Students benefit from a number of international organizations, an Intensive English Program, special program opportunities, a Lotus Meditation Center, and a number of Cultural Nights.

Tuition: $7,508 (In-state) $17,794 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $10,480
Percentage of International Students: 6%
Value Score: 94


1. Rice University

Houston, Texas


At 10% international student enrollment and an average tuition rate of less than $11,000, Rice University is a good midline private institution when it comes to both international presence and price tag. Its Office of International Students and Scholars provides specialized orientation for international students, advisement on documents and forms, help in communicating with embassies and consulates, assistance in cultural adjustments, and alternative health insurance policies. Students also have access to a number of informational workshops and cultural activities.

Tuition: $38,941
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $10,822
Percentage of International Students: 10%
Value Score: 59

2. University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma


The University of Tulsa has students from a long list of countries around the world, with the more students coming from China, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Angola, India, and Malaysia. There are a number of student organizations specifically for the international community, including the Muslim Student Association, the Association of International Students, the Chinese Student Association, and the Saudi Student Club. The Office of International Student Services provides counseling, health services, emergency assistance, and other programs.

Tuition: $34,835
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $17,113
Percentage of International Students: 22%
Value Score: 68



1. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California


The international offices at CalTech include International Scholar Services, International Student Programs, and the International Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. CalTech is a smaller school, so the 11% of students who are international are only from about ten to fifteen countries. Unlike some other private institutions, CalTech provides need-based financial aid and scholarships to international freshman applicants. The university offers a variety of opportunities to international students, including student clubs, the International Spouses Club, an Employment Series, an Intercultural Discussion Group, an International Education Week, and a specialized international student orientation.

Tuition: $41,538
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,775
Percentage of International Students: 11%
Value Score: 61

2. Stanford University

Stanford, California


Stanford has one of the best financial aid programs of any college in the country – undergraduates who come from households with less than $100,000 of income receive scholarships and grants to cover 100% of tuition, and undergraduates whose parents make less than $60,000 are expected to pay nothing toward their education. Furthermore, 85% of graduate students receive financial aid. In addition to having a campus in Peking, the Bechtel International Center offers a number of events, classes, and workshops to support the 7% of students who are a part of its international community.

Tuition: $43,683
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $7,294
Percentage of International Students: 7%
Value Score: 64

3. University of Colorado – Denver

Denver, Colorado


The University of Colorado – Denver has more than 1,000 international students from more than 130 countries that make up roughly 9% of its student population. International students get help adjusting to American academics through English as a Second Language programs, assistance completing documentation, and resources for traveling to the U.S. The university also has an international college at Beijing to further expand its commitment to global education. The website also has help for determining financial options and calculating sponsorship possibilities.

Tuition: $7,933 (In-state) $22,057 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,224
Percentage of International Students: 9%
Value Score: 66

4. University of Washington

Seattle, Washington


Due to its strong commitment to global education, the University of Washington introduces over 300 international students to the UW campus each year through exchange programs. The school also has two overseas centers, the Rome Center and the Beijing Center, to facilitate international travel for UW students. The school also offers financial aid and scholarships for international students, and funding and fellowships for graduate-level researchers. UW also has a variety of organizations and clubs that support the international community.

Tuition: $12,397 (In-state) $31,971 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $11,834
Percentage of International Students: 9%
Value Score: 81

5. University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon


The University of Oregon has more than 2,500 students from more than 95 countries study at its Eugene campus each year. The school stresses an international perspective to its instruction, and the school offers several sources of financial aid, including several merit-based scholarships and work study opportunities, specifically for international students – many more than at most institutions. The school offers an American Studies Institute to assist students in their transition to English classes, and there is a long list of student groups oriented toward students from other countries.

Tuition: $9,763 (In-state) $29,788 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $14,820
Percentage of International Students: 10%
Value Score: 82

6. University of California – Berkeley

Berkeley, California


UC Berkeley has over 1,600 international students studying at the institution who represent more than 70 countries. The average GPA of international freshman is a 3.9, the average ACT score is 31, and the admit rate is less than 15%, making UC Berkeley the best choice for highly competitive college students. The school also has an innovative financial aid program, including certain departmental scholarships and graduate school assistance for which international students are eligible.

Tuition: $12,864 (In-state) $35,742 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $15,143
Percentage of International Students: 11%
Value Score: 83

7. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah


Although the percentage of international students at the University of Utah is somewhat low compared to other universities in the Top 100, but it is also much more affordable than many private schools, and even some public schools. Utah has a campus in Asia to facilitate its global perspective to communication and admits students from areas as diverse as Canada and Cambodia, Hong Kong and Hungary. There are also over 500 student groups on campus – many of which help make international students feel at home in the U.S.

Tuition: $7,457 (In-state) $23,736 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $9,130
Percentage of International Students: 6%
Value Score: 85

8. University of California – Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California


UCLA has approximately 5,000 international students and scholars studying on its campus and there are over 80 countries represented. Although the school does not provide scholarships or financial aid to international students, its tuition rates are reasonable when compared to other colleges of similar caliber – especially other colleges with 10% or more of the student community comprised of international students. The UCLA Dashew Center provides programming for international students related to cultural adjustment, cross-cultural learning, language improvement, and friendship building.

Tuition: $7,457 (In-state) $23,736 (Out-of-state)
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $15,602
Percentage of International Students: 10%
Value Score: 88

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9. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California


Speaking purely in numbers, USC has the largest number of international students of any U.S. educational institution, as well as an extensive worldwide alumni network. The school is an especially affordable choice for students from Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan, as USC recently introduced country scholarship funds to support students from these countries. The school’s International Academy offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as an Intensive English Program and a variety of cultural activities.
Tuition: $46,298
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $19,319
Percentage of International Students: 12%
Value Score: 95

10. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California


USF students are from more than 80 countries, and the International Students and Scholars Services office helps facilitate the transition to the U.S. by providing help with visas and documentation, special advising, and a number of educational workshops. International students also enjoy such cultural events and programs as the International Student Association, the USF Buddy Program, International Education Week, Culturescape, and Tea Time. While USF is expensive, it is less expensive than many private institutions with a comparable percentage of students from outside the U.S.

Tuition: $40,294
Average tuition minus institutional grants/scholarships: $21,736
Percentage of International Students: 16%
Value Score: 97

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