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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Kenya

215 Colleges
$52,444 Avg Tuition & Fees*
78% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen it comes to choosing a college, international students have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 215 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Kenyan 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 Kenya

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#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Our 2021 rankings named Cornell University the best school for Kenyan students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Ithaca, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.6% are international. Students studying at Cornell come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

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, Cornell also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, California

A rank of #2 on our list means Stanford University is a great place for Kenyan students working on their bachelor’s degree. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Stanford, California. It awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Stanford to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Stanford also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A rank of #3 on our list means University of Pennsylvania is a great place for Kenyan students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

Around 20.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UPenn 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, 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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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Kenyan students. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,902 bachelor’s degrees 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Harvard also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbia University in the City of New York. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan students list. 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 from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Columbia to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Columbia 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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#6

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking, coming in at #6. 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

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

With a ranking of #7, Duke University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students. 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Kenyan 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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#8

New York University

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

With a ranking of #8, New York University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan 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. The top three countries sending students to study at NYU are China, India, and South Korea.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, NYU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.7% of the total student body at the school. 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. 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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#10

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Princeton, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.4% are international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Princeton to study.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Princeton also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#11

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Michigan State University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. This large public school is located in East Lansing, Michigan, and it awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Michigan State to study.

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

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 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.

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, Dartmouth also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking, coming in at #13. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Evanston, Illinois, 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.

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. 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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#14

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 29.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at MIT are China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. MIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#15

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Rochester, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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

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#16

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Providence, Rhode Island is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,097 students in 2018-2019.

Around 18.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Brown are China, India, and Canada.

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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Brown 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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#17

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. U-M is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 14.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at U-M 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. 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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#18

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USC to study.

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, USC 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

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Emory is a private not-for-profit institution located in Atlanta, Georgia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.2% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to Emory to study.

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. Emory 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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#20

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.0% are 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. Carnegie Mellon 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

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #21, Boston University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Boston U 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%. Boston U 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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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students ranking, coming in at #22. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school awarded 8,684 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.8% of the total student body at the school. 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. USF Tampa excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#23

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school awarded 9,069 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 15.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UCLA are 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. 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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#24

Syracuse University

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

With a ranking of #24, Syracuse University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Kenyan Students. Syracuse University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Syracuse, New York that handed out 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 19.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Syracuse to study.

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, Syracuse is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Kenyan Students list. UC Berkeley is a large public school situated in Berkeley, California. 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.

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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Kenyan students

Not only did these schools make the top 33 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#27

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#28

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
#29

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#30

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#31

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#32

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
#33

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
34 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
35 Principia College Elsah, IL
36 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
37 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
38 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
39 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
40 George Washington University Washington, DC
41 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
42 Pomona College Claremont, CA
43 Smith College Northampton, MA

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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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