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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Indonesia

221 Colleges
$49,376 Avg Tuition & Fees*
73% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 221 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Indonesian students. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, number of total international students at the school, and the percentage of international students on campus - to make this determination.

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

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#1

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Our analysis found University of California - Berkeley to be the best school for Indonesian students in this year’s ranking. UC Berkeley is a public institution located in Berkeley, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.0% are 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. 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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#2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Southern California. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian students list. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,337 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 23.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at USC 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. USC 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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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia University in the City of New York helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Indonesian students. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 36.3% are international. 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%. Columbia 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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#4

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of California - Los Angeles. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. 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. 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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#5

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

A rank of #5 on our list means Boston University is a great place for Indonesian students working on their bachelor’s degree. Boston U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#6

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking. 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.

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

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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#7

New York University

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

New York University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian 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.

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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking. This large public school is located in Seattle, Washington, and it awarded 9,269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UW Seattle to study.

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, UW Seattle 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 did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking, coming in at #9. UIUC is a public institution located in Champaign, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 22.3% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UIUC are 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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#10

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

University of California - Davis came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking. UC Davis is located in Davis, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,711 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 18.4% are international. Students studying at UC Davis 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%. UC Davis 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

University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking, coming in at #11. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.2% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UCSD are China, India, and South Korea.

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, UCSD also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of California - Irvine came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking. UC Irvine is a large public school situated in Irvine, California. It awarded 8,394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 19.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UC Irvine 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. UC Irvine 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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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking, coming in at #13. 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.

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.

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, Cornell is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian Students. This large public school is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at U-M come from such countries as 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. U-M 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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#15

Indiana University - Bloomington

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

Indiana University - Bloomington ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indonesian Students list. This large public school is located in Bloomington, Indiana, and it awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 13.3% are international. Students studying at IU Bloomington 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 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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#16

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Loyola Marymount University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking. Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,674 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Loyola Marymount are Indonesia, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Loyola Marymount 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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#17

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indonesian Students list. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 41.0% of the total student population at the school is 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Carnegie Mellon also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking. 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.

Around 23.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Harvard come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

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. Harvard also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#19

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

With a ranking of #19, Northwestern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian Students. Northwestern is a private not-for-profit institution located in Evanston, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,770 bachelor’s degrees 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. 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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#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indonesian Students list. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,632 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.6% of the total student body at the school. 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. 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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#21

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking. 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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Indonesian Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Duke is ranked #2 for overall quality in the United States.

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With a ranking of #22, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian Students. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the large public school awarded 3,717 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.8% are 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Georgia Tech is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#23

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indonesian Students list. UW - Madison is a public institution located in Madison, Wisconsin. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UW - Madison to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UW - Madison 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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#24

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Indonesian Students. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,333 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 29.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to MIT to study.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#25

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Pepperdine University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Indonesian Students list. Pepperdine is located in Malibu, California and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 943 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 13.7% are international. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia come to Pepperdine to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Pepperdine is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Indonesian 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

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
#27

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#28

Stanford University

Stanford, California
#29

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#31

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#32

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
#33

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#34

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
35 Yale University New Haven, CT
36 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
37 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
38 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
39 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
40 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
41 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
42 George Washington University Washington, DC
43 American University Washington, DC
44 Bentley University Waltham, MA
45 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ

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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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