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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Jamaica

157 Colleges
$50,017 Avg Tuition & Fees*
74% 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 Jamaican Students ranking.

We analyzed 157 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Jamaican students. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the total number of international students at the school and the school's overall quality.

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

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Our analysis found Columbia University in the City of New York to be the best school for Jamaican students in this year’s ranking. 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 from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Columbia 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. 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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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of South Florida - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This large public school is located in Tampa, Florida, and it awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at USF Tampa come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, USF Tampa also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 18.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Vietnam come to WPI to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. WPI 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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#4

New York University

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

A rank of #4 on our list means New York University is a great place for Jamaican 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 6,658 students in 2018-2019.

Around 27.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at NYU 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, NYU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

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

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. 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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#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UPenn 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

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Jamaican Students list. 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.

Around 24.6% of the total student population at the school is 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. 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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#8

University of Miami

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

University of Miami did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking, coming in at #8. 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. In addition to its great ranking here, U Miami is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

With a ranking of #9, Cornell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. Located in Ithaca, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 22.6% of the total student population at the school is international. 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%. 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

Illinois Institute of Technology

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

Illinois Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 600 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 41.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Spain come to Illinois Tech to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#11

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Jamaican Students list. University of Rochester is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Rochester, New York that handed out 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 30.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at University of Rochester are China, India, and South Korea.

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

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#12

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #12, Howard University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. Howard University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Washington, District of Columbia that handed out 1,353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.3% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Howard are Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Jamaica.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#13

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

With a ranking of #13, Dartmouth College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, and it awarded 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.5% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Dartmouth to study.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its great ranking here, Dartmouth is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #14, Bentley University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. Bentley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Waltham, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 21.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Bentley come from such countries as China, India, and Venezuela.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Bentley 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

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking, coming in at #15. 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Princeton did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#16

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

Wesleyan University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. Wesleyan University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Middletown, Connecticut that handed out 1,096 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Wesleyan U are China, India, and Canada.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 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 great ranking here, Wesleyan U is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Evanston, Illinois, and it awarded 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.1% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Northwestern 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. Northwestern 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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#18

University of Florida

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

University of Florida landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. University of Florida is a large public school located in Gainesville, Florida that handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 8.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UF are 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. UF 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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#19

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #19, Harvard University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. Cambridge, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,902 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Harvard to study.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Harvard also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#20

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.2% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Emory to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. In addition to its great ranking here, Emory is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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With a ranking of #21, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, Georgia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,717 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 23.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Georgia Tech 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, Georgia Tech is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#22

Syracuse University

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

Syracuse University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. Syracuse is located in Syracuse, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#23

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school awarded 7,815 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 14.9% of the total student body at the school. 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. U-M 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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#24

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Jamaican Students. 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston U 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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#25

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Jamaican Students ranking. Georgetown is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,169 bachelor’s degrees 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Georgetown 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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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
27 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
28 Auburn University Auburn, AL
29 University of Delaware Newark, DE
30 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
31 Lafayette College Easton, PA
32 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA

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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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