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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Israel

89 Colleges
$52,586 Avg Tuition & Fees*
77% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 89 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Israeli 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 Israel

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Columbia University in the City of New York tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Israeli students. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,702 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 36.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Columbia come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. 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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#2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Israeli students. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 29.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at MIT are China, India, and Canada.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. MIT not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#3

New York University

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

A rank of #3 on our list means New York University is a great place for Israeli students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 6,658 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 27.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at NYU come from such countries as 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, NYU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Stanford University

Stanford, California

A rank of #4 on our list means Stanford University is a great place for Israeli students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Stanford, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Stanford are China, India, and Canada.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stanford 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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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Out of the 89 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Cornell University landed the #5 spot on the list. Cornell is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Ithaca, New York. It awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 22.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Cornell 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, Cornell 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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Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

With a ranking of #6, Northwestern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli 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 studying at Northwestern 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 98%. 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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#7

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli Students. 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.

Around 23.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Harvard to study.

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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Harvard is ranked #3 for overall quality in the United States.

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Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Brandeis University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 27.1% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Brandeis 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, Brandeis also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Chicago, Illinois. It awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 25.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UChicago are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 99%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UChicago 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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#10

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli 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.

International students make up 21.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Duke are China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Duke also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#11

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking, coming in at #11. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 20.7% are international. Students studying at Yale come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 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, Yale 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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#12

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking, coming in at #12. 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. UPenn 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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#13

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking, coming in at #13. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a large public school located in Ann Arbor, Michigan that handed out 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 14.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to U-M 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. 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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#14

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking. Berkeley, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,627 students in 2018-2019.

Around 17.0% of the total student population at the school is international. 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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#15

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,848 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.0% are international. Students studying at Carnegie Mellon come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Carnegie Mellon 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

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,127 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

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

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University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degrees 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 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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Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 17.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Georgetown to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking, coming in at #19. 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.

International students make up 23.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at USC are China, India, and South Korea.

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

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Israeli Students list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Georgia Tech to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Georgia Tech 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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#21

Yeshiva University

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

Yeshiva University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Israeli Students list. New York, New York is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 587 students in 2018-2019.

Around 7.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Yeshiva are Canada, China, and Israel.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. Yeshiva 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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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Israeli Students ranking. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at Johns Hopkins 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. 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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#23

The New School

New York, New York

With a ranking of #23, The New School did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Israeli Students. New York, 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 1,377 students in 2018-2019.

Around 34.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at New School University are China, South Korea, and Canada.

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#24

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Israeli Students list. UW - Madison is located in Madison, Wisconsin and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,915 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 14.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UW - Madison are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UW - Madison 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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Syracuse University

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

Syracuse University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Israeli Students list. Syracuse, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,101 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 19.1% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Syracuse to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Syracuse 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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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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