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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Bahamas

105 Colleges
$35,883 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there so many options available for international students. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 105 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Bahamian 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 Bahamas

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#1

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Bahamian students. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,127 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 32.5% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Taiwan come to Northeastern to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Northeastern 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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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of South Florida - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. USF Tampa is a public institution located in Tampa, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at USF Tampa are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USF Tampa excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Emory University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and it awarded 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.2% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Emory are China, South Korea, and India.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Emory also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Florida helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Bahamian students. University of Florida is a large public school located in Gainesville, Florida that handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.4% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UF are China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. UF also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#5

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Miami. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian students list. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,118 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 16.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at U Miami are China, Kuwait, and Venezuela.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. On top of its placing in this ranking, U Miami also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

University of Arkansas came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking. UARK is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,181 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.2% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Panama come to UARK to study.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UARK also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students. Texas A&M College Station is a large public school situated in College Station, Texas. It awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Texas A&M College Station are China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Texas A&M College Station also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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Savannah College of Art and Design did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking, coming in at #8. Savannah, Georgia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,269 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 23.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to SCAD to study.

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#9

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #9, University of Richmond did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students. URichmond is a private not-for-profit institution located in University of Richmond, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at URichmond are China, India, and Pakistan.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, URichmond also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #10, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students. The University of Texas at Austin is a large public school located in Austin, Texas that handed out 10,098 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.1% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UT Austin to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UT Austin is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,988 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UMN Twin Cities come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

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, UMN Twin Cities also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#12

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Florida State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking. This large public school is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and it awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Florida State are China, India, and Panama.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Florida State also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Michigan State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Bahamian Students list. Michigan State is a public institution located in East Lansing, Michigan. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Michigan State come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Michigan State also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

Taylor University

Upland, Indiana
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Taylor University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking. Upland, Indiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 487 students in 2018-2019.

Around 4.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as South Korea, Bahamas, and China come to Taylor U to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Taylor U also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#15

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Drexel University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students. Drexel University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that handed out 3,710 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.1% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Vietnam come to Drexel to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Drexel is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

University of Central Florida ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Bahamian Students list. Located in Orlando, Florida, the large public school handed out 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 4.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to UCF to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its great ranking here, UCF is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Georgia ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Bahamian Students list. UGA is a large public school situated in Athens, Georgia. It awarded 8,022 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.2% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UGA to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UGA is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Iowa State University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking. Iowa State is a large public school situated in Ames, Iowa. It awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Malaysia come to Iowa State to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Iowa State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,108 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Venezuela, Canada, and India come to NUS Florida to study.

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#20

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Bahamian Students list. Florida Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Melbourne, Florida that handed out 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 28.7% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to Florida Tech to study.

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#21

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of Nebraska - Lincoln came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking. UNL is located in Lincoln, Nebraska and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,859 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 10.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UNL come from such countries as China, Malaysia, and India.

In addition to its great ranking here, UNL is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#22

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Howard University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,353 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 7.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica come to Howard to study.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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#23

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Beloit College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students ranking, coming in at #23. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Beloit, Wisconsin, and it awarded 417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 18.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Beloit come from such countries as China, India, and Vietnam.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Beloit also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#24

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

George Mason University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Bahamian Students list. Fairfax, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,866 students in 2018-2019.

Around 8.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at GMU come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. GMU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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With a ranking of #25, Florida International University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Bahamian Students. FIU is a large public school situated in Miami, Florida. It awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at FIU are China, Venezuela, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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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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