Top 10 US universities with the most international students

1. Illinois Institute of Technology

Ranked 15th in the world for proportion of international students (and 401-410* overall)

The leading US university for international students is Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech or IIT, which receives a perfect score of 100 in the ‘International Students’ indicator of the rankings. Located in the fast-paced student city of Chicago, the university’s total enrolment of almost 8,000 students includes over 1,000 from minority groups. IIT’s graduate school is particularly diverse, with 65% of graduate students coming from overseas and 100 nationalities represented overall in IIT’s student body.

2. Carnegie Mellon University

Ranked 24th for proportion of international students (58th overall)

Achieving a near-perfect score of 99.8 for its proportion of international students, Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is home to 13,650 students representing 114 countries, with 58% of graduate students coming from outside of the US. As well as having satellite centers in Silicon Valley and Manhattan in the US, Carnegie Mellon was the first US university to open a campus in Australia (in Adelaide) and it also runs an undergraduate branch campus in Doha, Qatar.

3. Stevens Institute of Technology

Ranked 51st for proportion of international students (651-700 overall)     

The third-highest ranked university in the US for international students is Stevens Institute of Technology, which markets itself as ‘the innovation university’. Located in Hoken, New Jersey, the university has a diverse student population, drawn from over 50 countries worldwide. Its International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) aims to ease the transition for overseas students by assisting them with official visa forms, as well as offering cross-cultural exchange programs. 

4. Northeastern University

Ranked 70th for proportion of international students (joint 361st overall)

Located in Boston, MassachusettsNortheastern University has 18,000 undergraduates, of which 3,400 are international. The university prides itself on having a global outlook. Examples of this in practice include a cooperative education program that integrates classroom study with professional experience on seven continents, and a comprehensive study abroad program. Northeastern also opened its first international campus in Toronto this year, and has regional campuses elsewhere in the US, including Silicon Valley.

5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Ranked 112th for proportion of international students (5th overall)

Joining its tech school rival, MIT in this list of the most international US universities is the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which has a student population of only around 2,255, and also receives a strong score for its high proportion of international faculty members. It has a very good student-fac

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