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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Australia

224 Colleges
$54,138 Avg Tuition & Fees*
82% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen it comes to choosing a college, international students have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 224 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Australian students. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the total number of international students at the school and the school's overall quality.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for Students from Australia

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Our analysis found Columbia University in the City of New York to be the best school for Australian students in this year’s ranking. Columbia is a large private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 36.3% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Columbia to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Columbia also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

A rank of #2 on our list means Harvard University is a great place for Australian students working on their bachelor’s degree. Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.0% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Harvard are China, Canada, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Harvard is ranked #3 for overall quality in the United States.

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#3

New York University

New York, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 224 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York University landed the #3 spot on the list. New York University is a large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 27.6% are international. Students studying at NYU come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its great ranking here, NYU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of California - Los Angeles helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Australian students. University of California - Los Angeles is a large public school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 15.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UCLA to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UCLA is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Australian students list. UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 20.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UPenn come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UPenn excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Stanford University

Stanford, California

With a ranking of #6, Stanford University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Stanford, California, and it awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Stanford come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Stanford also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Australian Students list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at USC are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, USC is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #8. UC Berkeley is a large public school situated in Berkeley, California. It awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 17.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UC Berkeley come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Berkeley also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

With a ranking of #9, Cornell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Ithaca, New York, and it awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 22.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Cornell to study.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Cornell also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#10

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

With a ranking of #10, Yale University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in New Haven, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Yale come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. Yale excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #11, University of Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 25.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UChicago come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UChicago also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #12, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 29.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at MIT are China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. MIT also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#13

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #13. Princeton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.4% are international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Princeton to study.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Princeton not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#14

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking. Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 41.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Carnegie Mellon are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Carnegie Mellon is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

With a ranking of #15, Johns Hopkins University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Johns Hopkins to study.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Johns Hopkins excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school awarded 7,815 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 14.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at U-M are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, U-M is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking. Northwestern is located in Evanston, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,770 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Northwestern are China, India, and South Korea.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Northwestern excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Boston U to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston U also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#19

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Australian Students list. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 21.6% are international. Students studying at Duke come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Duke also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#20

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking. Located in Rochester, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,921 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 30.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to University of Rochester to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. In addition to its great ranking here, University of Rochester is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students. Northeastern is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,127 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 32.5% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Northeastern are China, India, and Taiwan.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Northeastern also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#22

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Australian Students list. UNC Chapel Hill is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 5.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UNC Chapel Hill to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#23

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 18.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Brown are China, India, and Canada.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. On top of its placing in this ranking, Brown also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#24

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

California Institute of Technology came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking. Caltech is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pasadena, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 30.5% are international. Students studying at Caltech come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Caltech also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#25

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts that handed out 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Boston College come from such countries as China, South Korea, and Spain.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Boston College is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Australian students

Not only did these schools make the top 34 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#27

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#30

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#31

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#32

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#33

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
#34

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Australian Students ranking:

Rank College Location
35 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
36 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
37 Emory University Atlanta, GA
38 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
39 George Washington University Washington, DC
40 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
41 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
42 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
43 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
44 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
45 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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