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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Japan

449 Colleges
$50,797 Avg Tuition & Fees*
77% 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 has developed its Best Colleges for Japanese Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 449 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Japanese 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 Japan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our 2021 rankings named Columbia University in the City of New York the best school for Japanese students working on their bachelor’s degree. Columbia is located in New York, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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 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, Columbia 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 Japanese students list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 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.

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

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#3

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of California - Los Angeles. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese students list. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at UCLA are China, South Korea, and India.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. 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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#4

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

A rank of #4 on our list means University of California - Berkeley is a great place for Japanese students working on their bachelor’s degree. University of California - Berkeley is a large public school located in Berkeley, California that handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 17.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UC Berkeley come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

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

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#5

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Boston University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese students list. Boston U is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 24.8% of the total student population at the school is international. 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%. Boston U 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

New York University

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

New York University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students. NYU is located in New York, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

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, 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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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #7, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UPenn to study.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. 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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#8

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Japanese 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.

International students make up 23.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Harvard come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Harvard did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#9

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Japanese Students list. 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.

International students make up 41.0% of the total student body at the school. 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%. 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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#10

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school handed out 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.

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

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 Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #11. La Jolla, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,037 students 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. UCSD 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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#12

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #12, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese 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.

International students make up 29.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at MIT come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. MIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#13

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Japanese Students list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 25.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UChicago come from such countries as 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. In addition to its great ranking here, UChicago is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #14. 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. 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. 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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#15

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Stanford, California, 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Stanford 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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#16

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Japanese Students list. 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.

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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#17

Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Soka University of America landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students. Aliso Viejo, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 118 students in 2018-2019.

Around 43.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Soka University are Japan, Nepal, and India.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Soka University 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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#18

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,303 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 21.6% are international. Students studying at Duke come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its Best Colleges for Japanese 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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#19

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

With a ranking of #19, Northwestern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students. 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 studying at Northwestern come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#20

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Japanese Students ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in New Haven, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Yale are 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Washington - Seattle Campus ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Japanese Students list. Seattle, Washington is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,269 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 16.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UW Seattle are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UW Seattle 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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#22

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Japanese 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.3% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Georgetown 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. 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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#23

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students ranking, coming in at #23. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a large public school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that handed out 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Twin Cities are 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. UMN Twin Cities 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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#24

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

University of California - Davis landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students. UC Davis is a public institution located in Davis, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 18.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UC Davis to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#25

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Japanese Students. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the large public school awarded 8,915 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 14.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UW - Madison to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Japanese 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

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#28

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
#29

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#30

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#31

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#32

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#34

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
#35

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#37

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#38

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
#39

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
#40

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#41

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#42

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
#43

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
#45

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
#46

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#47

Willamette University

Salem, Oregon
#48

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
#49

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#50

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

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

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Rank College Location
51 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
52 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
53 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
54 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
55 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
56 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
57 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
58 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
59 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
60 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
61 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
62 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
63 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
64 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
65 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
Rank College Location
66 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
67 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
68 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
69 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
70 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
71 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
72 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
73 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
74 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
75 Rice University Houston, TX
76 Carleton College Northfield, MN
77 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
78 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
79 American University Washington, DC
80 University of Denver Denver, CO
81 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
82 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
83 The New School New York, NY
Rank College Location
84 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
85 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
86 Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
87 Fordham University Bronx, NY
88 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
89 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
90 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO

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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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