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The Top 50 schools for international students 2019: it’s not all trump for slow foreign enrollments

The Top 50 schools for international students 2019: it’s not all trump for slow foreign enrollments

From the past two years, the boundary-closing oratory that’s coming from the White House leads everyone by little surprise that the United States’ international student population is static. According to the IIE, a non-profit that tracks international exchange in education tracks that for the first time international graduates in the U.S. declined by 6.6% in 2017 despite America hosting million foreign learners.

Paradoxically, the schools that prioritize international aspirants have been hit by the trend. The percentage of international undergraduates surged from 7.6% in 2009 to 11.3% in 2016. In 2017, it nudged to 11.5%, a mere 0.2% increase, according to Forbes’ 50 Top Schools for International Students of 2019.

Despite its timing, the slowdown isn’t entirely a Trump side effect.

Marcelo Barros, Founder of international student career counseling firm International Advantage, says that “There’s definitely merit, but this is not the only factor.”

A strategy advisor at the IIE, Rajika Bhandari, says that “The trend started years ago but the flow of new international students is beginning to soften.”

In 2016, international students at American universities paid an average annual net tuition of $8,202 at public schools and $21,189 at private ones, according to student Loan Hero, a subsidiary of Lending Tree. The students who don’t typically get generous aid packages find this figure often higher for international students.

Comparing these sums with those of most other countries; the U.S. has the second-highest tuition rates among nations with top-rated schools (the U.K. tops the list). Every year since 2012, the average tuition in South Korea, which has sent fewer students to the U.S., is less than $8,500 at private colleges and less than $5,000 at public ones. Students can attend public college for between $3,000 and $ 10,000 in China, America’s top supplier of international students.

Affordable rates are extended to non-citizens by some of the nations. German colleges have been tuition-free for international learners, though the state of Baden- Wurttemberg started charging $3,400 a year in 2017 France tuition for international students will nudge up to $3,200 a year starting in the autumn of 2019.

In America, there are very few schools that offer considerable discounts to international students. From Forbes’ 650 Top Colleges, only five of them- Princeton (No.1 school for foreign students), Yale (No.2), MIT (No.3), Harvard (No.4) and Amherst (No.5) have both need-blind admissions and full-need financial aid policies for international students. There are many colleges who choose one or the other: Some are able to meet accepted students’ full demonstrated need through financial aid but they also choose to accept international students with low-income as well as accept applicants regardless of financial background but don’t guarantee affordability.

To provide financial aid, some foreign governments invest in scholarship programs that promote international study. The Brazilian government funded yearlong study programs in STEM fields in the U.S. as part of its Scientific Mobility Program, between 2011 and 2016, which was part of a larger initiative to send 100,000 students abroad.

But currently, both these programs have been cut down. In 2016, Saudi Arabia increased its restrictions on the King Abdullah program, limiting the flow of students, they sent to American schools. In the 2016-17 school year, there was decrement of 14% in the number of Saudi students who came to study in the U.S than in the previous year. In 2016, the end of Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program was followed by a drop of 45% in Brazilian students studying in the U.S. between the 2014-15 and 2016-17 school years.

A big impact on international student population growth is created by the cutbacks from important feeder nations. Saudi Arabia and Brazil are the highest sources of international students who come to the United States, ranking fourth and tenth respectively. In 2014-15, almost 25,000 fewer students from the two nations came to the U.S as compared to 2017-18.

Now, most reputable schools are getting better at helping international students earn their diplomas. The average graduation rate for international students increased by almost 6% points to 76.8% between 2007 and 2017, at the 293 schools considered for our list.

Yet above basic metrics gathered by the federal government like graduation and enrollment trends, applicants looking to invest in an American education lack enough data on which to base their decisions. Admission experts in the space are quite not aware of any extensive databases that tackle topics like international student financial aid or alumni salary. On the other hand, there are also schools that keep these numbers, but international applicants are sometimes so caught up in a college’s reputation that they avoid the more important questions about its ROI.

The List:

Experts’ insights and our philosophy of “outputs over inputs” have been used to put together our best schools for international student ranking. We weigh international student six-year graduation rate at 15% of our ranking, drawing from the federal government’s IPEDS database. With 5% of our ranking each, we reward schools with full-need aid or need-blind admission policies for international students; most popular majors like engineering, business and math are rewarded up to 5%. About 5% of our score is accounted on the basis of the size of schools’ international student body and the remaining 5% of the score relies on the number of foreign- born workers in the college’s combined statistical area, from the U.S. Census.

The full list of Top Schools for International Students in 2019:

  1. Princeton University
  2. Yale University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. Harvard University
  5. Columbia University
  6. California Institute of Technology
  7. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  8. Amherst College
  9. Stanford University
  10. Babson College
  11. University of Pennsylvania
  12. Claremont McKenna College
  13. Georgetown University
  14. Brown University
  15. New York University
  16. Pomona College
  17. Cornell University
  18. Johns Hopkins University
  19. Lafayette College
  20. University of Chicago
  21. Dartmouth College
  22. University of California-Los Angeles
  23. University of Notre Dame
  24. Harvey Mudd College
  25. Barnard College
  26. Northwestern University
  27. Carnegie Mellon University
  28. Rice University
  29. Swarthmore College
  30. Tufts University
  31. Williams College
  32. Vassar College
  33. University of Southern California
  34. Vanderbilt University
  35. Bowdoin College
  36. Haverford College
  37. Pitzer College
  38. Washington University in St Louis
  39. Bates College
  40. Wesleyan University
  41. Wellesley College
  42. University of California-Berkeley
  43. Boston College
  44. Middlebury College
  45. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  46. Carleton College
  47. University of Maryland-College Park
  48. Grinnell College
  49. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
  50. Colgate University

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