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.
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:
- Princeton University
- Yale University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- Columbia University
- California Institute of Technology
- Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
- Amherst College
- Stanford University
- Babson College
- University of Pennsylvania
- Claremont McKenna College
- Georgetown University
- Brown University
- New York University
- Pomona College
- Cornell University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Lafayette College
- University of Chicago
- Dartmouth College
- University of California-Los Angeles
- University of Notre Dame
- Harvey Mudd College
- Barnard College
- Northwestern University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Rice University
- Swarthmore College
- Tufts University
- Williams College
- Vassar College
- University of Southern California
- Vanderbilt University
- Bowdoin College
- Haverford College
- Pitzer College
- Washington University in St Louis
- Bates College
- Wesleyan University
- Wellesley College
- University of California-Berkeley
- Boston College
- Middlebury College
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Carleton College
- University of Maryland-College Park
- Grinnell College
- Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
- Colgate University