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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Ecuador

153 Colleges
$48,607 Avg Tuition & Fees*
75% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. 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 Ecuadorian Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 153 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Ecuadorian students. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the total number of international students at the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

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

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#1

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Our analysis found Northeastern University to be the best school for Ecuadorian students in this year’s ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,127 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 32.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Taiwan come to Northeastern 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. 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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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia University in the City of New York helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Ecuadorian students. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 36.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Columbia come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Columbia 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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#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Carnegie Mellon University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Ecuadorian students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 41.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Carnegie Mellon come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Carnegie Mellon 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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#4

New York University

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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend New York University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian students list. NYU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 27.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at NYU are China, India, and South Korea.

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. 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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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Ecuadorian students. Cornell University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Ithaca, New York that handed out 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.6% are international. Students studying at Cornell come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. UIUC is located in Champaign, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.3% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UIUC to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UIUC 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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#7

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian 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 from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Yale to study.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. 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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#8

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. Georgetown is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.3% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Georgetown to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Georgetown 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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#9

University of Florida

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

University of Florida came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.4% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UF are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#10

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. Penn State University Park is a large public school situated in University Park, Pennsylvania. It awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees 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 Penn State University Park are China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Penn State University Park excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students list. Harvard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Harvard 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. Harvard did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Brigham Young University - Provo came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Provo, Utah, and it awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at BYU come from such countries as Canada, South Korea, and China.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, BYU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

University of Notre Dame came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Notre Dame, Indiana. It awarded 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Notre Dame to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Notre Dame also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

University of Miami

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

University of Miami landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.1% of the total student population at the school is 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%. U Miami 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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#15

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking. USC is located in Los Angeles, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USC to study.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in this ranking, USC 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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#16

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Babson College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Wellesley, Massachusetts that handed out 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 31.2% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Babson College come from such countries as India, China, and Thailand.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Babson College also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#17

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking, coming in at #17. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Boston U are China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Boston U 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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#18

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #18, Bentley University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 21.5% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Venezuela come to Bentley to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bentley 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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With a ranking of #19, Savannah College of Art and Design did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. Located in Savannah, Georgia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,269 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 23.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at SCAD are China, India, and South Korea.

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#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking, coming in at #20. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UPenn are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UPenn is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,598 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.2% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Emory to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Emory 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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#22

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Virginia Tech landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. Blacksburg, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,156 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 11.1% are international. Students studying at Virginia Tech come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Virginia Tech excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#23

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

George Washington University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students ranking. GWU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 3,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 14.2% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at GWU are China, India, and South Korea.

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, GWU 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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#24

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Tulane University of Louisiana ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students list. Tulane is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.3% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Tulane are China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Tulane also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#25

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ecuadorian Students. University of California - Berkeley is a large public school located in Berkeley, California that handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 17.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UC Berkeley are China, South Korea, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UC Berkeley 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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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
27 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
28 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
29 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
30 Duke University Durham, NC
31 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA

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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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