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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Mexico

338 Colleges
$51,983 Avg Tuition & Fees*
77% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there so many options available for international students. 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 Mexican Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 338 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Mexican 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 Mexico

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Columbia University in the City of New York tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Mexican students. Columbia University in the City of New York is a large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 36.3% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Columbia are China, India, and South Korea.

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. 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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#2

New York University

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

Out of the 338 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York University landed the #2 spot on the list. 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 from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to NYU 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. 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

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Chicago helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Mexican students. University of Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 25.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UChicago 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. 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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#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 Mexican students. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,902 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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 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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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

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

Around 22.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Cornell 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. 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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#6

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. Stanford is located in Stanford, California and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Stanford are 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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#7

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Mexican 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. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USC 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. USC 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 10% in Quality in the United States

The University of Texas at Austin did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #8. This large public school is located in Austin, Texas, and it awarded 10,098 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.1% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UT Austin are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UT Austin also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #9, Northeastern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Northeastern 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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#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #10, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 20.6% are 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%. 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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#11

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #11, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#12

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #12, Boston University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 24.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Boston U 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. 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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#13

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #13, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 41.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Carnegie Mellon 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, Carnegie Mellon 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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#14

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #14. Berkeley, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,627 students in 2018-2019.

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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UC Berkeley 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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#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#16

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Mexican Students list. Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 21.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Duke are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#17

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #17, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. University of California - Los Angeles is a large public school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 15.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UCLA to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. 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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#18

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Mexican Students list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Rochester, New York, and it awarded 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.

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

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #19. Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 20.7% are international. Students studying at Yale come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 99%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Yale also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a ranking of #20, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. U-M is a large public school situated in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It awarded 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.

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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#21

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students ranking, coming in at #21. College Station, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 13,198 students in 2018-2019.

Around 8.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Texas A&M College Station come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Texas A&M College Station 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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#22

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Mexican Students list. Georgetown University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Washington, District of Columbia that handed out 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. Georgetown 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

University of California - San Diego

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

With a ranking of #23, University of California - San Diego did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. UCSD is a large public school situated in La Jolla, California. It awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.2% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UCSD to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSD also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#24

Rice University

Houston, Texas

Rice University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Mexican Students list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 24.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Rice to study.

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. Rice 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Mexican Students. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a large public school located in Champaign, Illinois that handed out 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 22.3% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UIUC to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UIUC also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Mexican students

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#29

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#30

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#31

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#32

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
#34

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#36

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#37

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
#38

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#39

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#41

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#42

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#43

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#44

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
#45

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
#46

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#47

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
#48

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
#49

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
#50

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas

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

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Rank College Location
51 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
52 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
53 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
54 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
55 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
56 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
57 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
58 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
59 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
60 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
61 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
62 Bentley University Waltham, MA
63 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
64 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
65 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
66 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
Rank College Location
67 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
68 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

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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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