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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from India

662 Colleges
$45,983 Avg Tuition & Fees*
65% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWith all of the options international students have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 662 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Indian 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 India

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#1

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Indian students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 32.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Taiwan come to Northeastern 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, Northeastern is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Southern California helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Indian students. 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.

Around 23.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at USC 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USC also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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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 Indian students. 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.

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.

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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#4

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 #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Indian students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in New York, New York, and it awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 27.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to NYU 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. NYU 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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A rank of #5 on our list means Columbia University in the City of New York is a great place for Indian students working on their bachelor’s degree. This large private not-for-profit school is located in New York, New York, and it awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 36.3% are international. 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. 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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#6

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Illinois Institute of Technology ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indian Students list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 600 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.8% are international. Students studying at Illinois Tech come from such countries as China, India, and Spain.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Illinois Tech 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking. Located in Champaign, Illinois, the large public school handed out 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.3% are international. Students studying at UIUC come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UIUC 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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Top 20% in Quality in the United States

The University of Texas at Dallas came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking. Richardson, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,225 students in 2018-2019.

Around 20.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Taiwan come to UT Dallas to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UT Dallas also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking, coming in at #9. Ithaca, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,145 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 22.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Cornell come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

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

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a ranking of #10, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. U-M is a public institution located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#11

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

North Carolina State University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. North Carolina State University is a large public school located in Raleigh, North Carolina that handed out 5,953 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 11.5% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and South Korea come to NC State to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. NC State 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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#12

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UPenn come from such countries as 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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With a ranking of #13, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. Georgia Tech is a public institution located in Atlanta, Georgia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Georgia Tech come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Georgia Tech 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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#14

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #14, Boston University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees 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.

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, Boston U also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#15

University of Florida

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

University of Florida came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. In addition to its great ranking here, UF is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking, coming in at #16. ASU - Tempe is located in Tempe, Arizona and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 10,401 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 16.2% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to ASU - Tempe to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. ASU - Tempe 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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#17

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of California - San Diego landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. UCSD is a public institution located in La Jolla, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 23.2% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UCSD come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCSD 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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#18

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. 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. 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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#19

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school awarded 9,069 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 15.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UCLA come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UCLA 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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#20

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University at Buffalo came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking. University at Buffalo is a large public school located in Buffalo, New York that handed out 5,273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 19.8% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at University at Buffalo are India, China, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University at Buffalo also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Texas A&M University - College Station

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

With a ranking of #21, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. Located in College Station, Texas, the large public school handed out 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 8.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Texas A&M College Station are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#22

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Stevens Institute of Technology ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indian Students list. Hoboken, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 766 students in 2018-2019.

Around 31.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Stevens come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Stevens 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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#23

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Indiana University - Bloomington ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indian Students list. IU Bloomington is located in Bloomington, Indiana and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 13.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to IU Bloomington to study.

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, IU Bloomington 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

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students ranking, coming in at #24. Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 21.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Duke 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. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#25

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indian Students. Stanford University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Stanford, California that handed out 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.6% are international. Students studying at Stanford come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Indian students

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
#27

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#28

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
#29

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#31

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#32

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
#33

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#34

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#35

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#37

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#38

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
#39

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#40

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
#41

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
#42

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#43

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
#44

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California
#46

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
#47

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#48

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#49

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
#50

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey

Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
52 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
55 George Washington University Washington, DC
56 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
57 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
58 Babson College Wellesley, MA
59 Emory University Atlanta, GA
60 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
61 Iowa State University Ames, IA
62 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
63 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
64 Rice University Houston, TX
65 Georgetown University Washington, DC
Rank College Location
66 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
67 Brown University Providence, RI
68 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
69 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
70 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
71 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
72 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
73 Clemson University Clemson, SC
74 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
75 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
76 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
77 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
78 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
79 Bentley University Waltham, MA
80 University of Delaware Newark, DE
81 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
82 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
83 University of Houston Houston, TX
84 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
85 Auburn University Auburn, AL
86 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
87 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
88 Bradley University Peoria, IL
89 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
90 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
Rank College Location
91 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
92 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
93 Tufts University Medford, MA
94 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
95 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
96 University of Georgia Athens, GA
97 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
98 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
99 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
100 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
101 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
102 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
103 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
104 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
105 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
106 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
107 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
108 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
109 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
110 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
111 DePaul University Chicago, IL
112 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
113 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
114 Clark University Worcester, MA
115 University of Denver Denver, CO
Rank College Location
116 Pratt Institute - Main Brooklyn, NY
117 The New School New York, NY
118 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
119 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
120 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
121 Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
122 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
123 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
124 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
125 Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI
126 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
127 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
128 Fordham University Bronx, NY
129 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
130 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
131 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
132 Villanova University Villanova, PA
133 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA

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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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