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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Italy

226 Colleges
$53,899 Avg Tuition & Fees*
81% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking.

After analyzing 226 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Italian 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 Italy

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Our 2021 rankings named Columbia University in the City of New York the best school for Italian 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.

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.

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. 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 Italian students. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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.

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, NYU 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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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Harvard University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s 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.

International students make up 23.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Harvard to study.

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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#4

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

A rank of #4 on our list means Northeastern University is a great place for Italian students working on their bachelor’s degree. Northeastern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Boston, Massachusetts that handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 32.5% of the total student body at the school. 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. 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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#5

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Southern California. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Italian students list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at USC are China, India, and South Korea.

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, USC is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

With a ranking of #6, Cornell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. 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 from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Cornell to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Cornell 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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#7

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking. Boston University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Boston, Massachusetts that handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.8% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Boston U are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#8

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking, coming in at #8. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,069 students in 2018-2019.

Around 15.8% of the total student population at the school is 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCLA 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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#9

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #9, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. Cambridge, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,333 students 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 99%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#10

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Italian Students list. Stanford is a private not-for-profit institution located in Stanford, California. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Stanford is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

California Institute of Technology ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Italian Students list. Caltech is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pasadena, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 30.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Caltech are 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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Caltech is ranked #4 for overall quality in the United States.

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#12

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

With a ranking of #12, Yale University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. New Haven, Connecticut is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,664 students in 2018-2019.

Around 20.7% of the total student population at the school is 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. Yale 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

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking, coming in at #13. Princeton, 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 1,297 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 Princeton are China, Canada, and India.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Princeton also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#14

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

With a ranking of #14, Duke University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Durham, North Carolina, 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.

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 also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#15

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking, coming in at #15. UPenn is a private not-for-profit institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, and 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 from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UPenn 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UPenn also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking, coming in at #16. This large public school is located in Berkeley, California, and it awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UC Berkeley come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

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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#17

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking. Ann Arbor, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,815 students 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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#18

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St Louis landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. It awarded 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 21.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at WUSTL come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 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, WUSTL 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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#19

University of Miami

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

University of Miami came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Coral Gables, Florida. It awarded 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, U Miami 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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#20

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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 school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#21

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students ranking, coming in at #21. Northwestern is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Evanston, Illinois. 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.

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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#22

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Italian Students list. UChicago is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. UChicago 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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#23

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 41.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Carnegie Mellon 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, Carnegie Mellon is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

With a ranking of #24, Georgetown University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Italian Students. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,169 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 17.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Georgetown 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Georgetown is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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 Italian Students list. UIUC is a large public school situated in Champaign, Illinois. It awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.3% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UIUC are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Italian 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

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#27

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#28

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#30

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#31

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#32

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
#33

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#34

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
35 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
36 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
37 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
38 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
39 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
40 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
41 Rice University Houston, TX
42 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
43 Babson College Wellesley, MA
44 George Washington University Washington, DC
45 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
46 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA

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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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