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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Malaysia

244 Colleges
$45,838 Avg Tuition & Fees*
69% 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 was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 244 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Malaysian 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 Malaysia

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#1

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Malaysian students. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the large public school handed out 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UW - Madison come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UW - Madison 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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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian students list. This large public school is located in Columbus, Ohio, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Ohio State are China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Ohio State also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#3

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. UMN Twin Cities 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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#4

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of California - Los Angeles helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Malaysian students. UCLA is a large public school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UCLA 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, UCLA also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. 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.

International students make up 14.9% of the total student body at the school. 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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#6

Michigan State University

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

Michigan State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Michigan State University is a large public school located in East Lansing, Michigan that handed out 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.4% are international. Students studying at Michigan State come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Michigan State 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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#7

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of California - San Diego landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students. University of California - San Diego is a large public school located in La Jolla, California that handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 23.2% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UCSD come from such countries as 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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Columbia University in the City of New York ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Malaysian Students list. 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.

International students make up 36.3% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Columbia to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Columbia 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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#9

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Iowa State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Ames, Iowa is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,380 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.5% are international. Students studying at Iowa State come from such countries as China, India, and Malaysia.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its great ranking here, Iowa State is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students. IU Bloomington is located in Bloomington, Indiana and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 13.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at IU Bloomington come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, IU Bloomington is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. UW Seattle is a large public school situated in Seattle, Washington. It awarded 9,269 bachelor’s degrees 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 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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#12

New York University

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

With a ranking of #12, New York University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in New York, New York, and it awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 27.6% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at NYU come from such countries as 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. NYU 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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#13

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students. UC Berkeley is located in Berkeley, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UC Berkeley to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UC Berkeley 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Champaign, Illinois, the large public school handed out 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 22.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UIUC to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#15

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students. Lincoln, Nebraska is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,859 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UNL are China, Malaysia, and India.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNL also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,780 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.8% are 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 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

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 32.5% are 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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#18

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

University of California - Davis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Davis, California, the large public school awarded 8,711 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 18.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UC Davis are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UC Davis is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #19. USC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at USC 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 96%. 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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#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking, coming in at #20. 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.

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. 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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#21

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Malaysian Students list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Ithaca, New York, and 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.

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. 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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#22

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian Students. Located in Stanford, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,892 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.6% of the total student body at the school. 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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#23

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #23, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Malaysian 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. The top three countries sending students to study at Carnegie Mellon are China, India, and South Korea.

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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#24

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Malaysian Students ranking. 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. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to MIT to study.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. MIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#25

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Malaysian Students list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 23.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Harvard are China, Canada, and India.

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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Malaysian students

Not only did these schools make the top 37 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#27

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado
#28

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
#29

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#30

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#31

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#33

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#34

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
#35

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
#36

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
#37

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
38 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
39 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
40 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
41 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
42 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
43 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
44 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
45 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
46 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
47 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
48 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
49 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

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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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