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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Greece

128 Colleges
$53,809 Avg Tuition & Fees*
80% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking.

We analyzed 128 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Greek students. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the percentage of international students on campus.

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

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Our 2021 rankings named Columbia University in the City of New York the best school for Greek students working on their bachelor’s degree. New York, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,702 students in 2018-2019.

Around 36.3% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Columbia 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, Columbia is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

New York University

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

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at New York University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Greek students. NYU is located in New York, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 27.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to NYU to study.

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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#3

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. MIT is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 29.5% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to MIT to study.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Out of the 128 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the #4 spot on the list. 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.

International students make up 23.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Harvard come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Harvard also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Out of the 128 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northeastern University landed the #5 spot on the list. 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 studying at Northeastern come from such countries as 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Northeastern is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Berkeley, California, the large public school handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UC Berkeley 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. 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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#7

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #7, University of Southern California did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students. University of Southern California is a large private not-for-profit school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USC to study.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. USC 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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Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, coming in at #8. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Princeton, New Jersey. It awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Princeton 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 98%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Princeton is ranked #1 for overall quality in the United States.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, coming in at #9. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UPenn are 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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#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, coming in at #10. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Carnegie Mellon to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Carnegie Mellon 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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#11

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Stanford, California. It awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Stanford are China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Stanford 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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#12

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Greek Students list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,780 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.8% are international. Students studying at Boston U 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. 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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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking. Evanston, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,770 students in 2018-2019.

Around 17.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Northwestern to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Northwestern 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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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Greek Students list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Ithaca, New York, and it awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 22.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Cornell are China, India, and Canada.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, Cornell is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, coming in at #15. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 18.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Vietnam come to WPI 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, WPI also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students. UCLA is a public institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UCLA are China, South Korea, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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University of Miami

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

University of Miami did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, coming in at #17. University of Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Coral Gables, Florida that handed out 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 16.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at U Miami come from such countries as 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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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students. U-M is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 14.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to U-M 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, U-M is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students ranking, coming in at #19. Rochester, New York is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,921 students in 2018-2019.

Around 30.9% of the total student population at the school is 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%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Rochester also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

With a ranking of #20, Yale University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students. Yale University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in New Haven, Connecticut that handed out 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Yale to study.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Yale also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Greek Students list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and it awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 18.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Brown come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Brown 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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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students. Duke is a private not-for-profit institution located in Durham, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 21.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Duke to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Duke did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Greek Students list. University of Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 25.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UChicago come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its great ranking here, UChicago is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Greek Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and it awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Johns Hopkins come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in this ranking, Johns Hopkins 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Greek Students list. UIUC is a large public school situated in Champaign, Illinois. It awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 22.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UIUC to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. UIUC 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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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 Georgetown University Washington, DC

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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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