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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Nepal

371 Colleges
$50,502 Avg Tuition & Fees*
77% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 371 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Nepali 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 Nepal

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Our 2021 rankings named Northeastern University the best school for Nepali students working on their bachelor’s degree. Northeastern is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,127 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 32.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Northeastern are China, India, and Taiwan.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Northeastern excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia University in the City of New York helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Nepali students. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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 student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. 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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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Nepali students. Cornell is located in Ithaca, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 22.6% of the total student population at the school is international. 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. Cornell also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Out of the 371 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the #4 spot on the list. Harvard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 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.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Harvard is ranked #3 for overall quality in the United States.

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#5

New York University

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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend New York University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali students list. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 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.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, NYU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 41.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Carnegie Mellon 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. 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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#7

University of Florida

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

University of Florida landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 8.4% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UF are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UF 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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#8

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St Louis landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. Washington University in St Louis is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Saint Louis, Missouri that handed out 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 21.7% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to WUSTL 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, WUSTL 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #9, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. Located in Champaign, Illinois, the large public school awarded 8,983 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.3% are 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. 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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#10

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Nepali Students list. Yale University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in New Haven, Connecticut that handed out 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Yale 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Yale is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Nepali 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. Students studying at University of Rochester 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, University of Rochester is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Nepali Students list. Duke University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Durham, North Carolina that handed out 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#13

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that 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.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. MIT not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#14

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USC to study.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USC also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#15

Texas A&M University - College Station

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

Texas A&M University - College Station ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Nepali Students list. Texas A&M College Station is a public institution located in College Station, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Texas A&M College Station to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Texas A&M College Station also is in the top 10% 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 Nepali Students ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 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%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Boston U also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#17

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Virginia Tech ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Nepali Students list. Virginia Tech is a large public school located in Blacksburg, Virginia that handed out 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Virginia Tech come from such countries as 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Virginia Tech is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #18, Mount Holyoke College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. Mt. Holyoke is a small private not-for-profit school situated in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It awarded 683 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 26.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Mt. Holyoke are China, Vietnam, and Pakistan.

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

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#19

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Delaware did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking, coming in at #19. University of Delaware is a large public school located in Newark, Delaware that handed out 4,849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 9.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UD are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UD 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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#20

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,770 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its great ranking here, Northwestern is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking, coming in at #21. Stanford University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Stanford, California that handed out 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Stanford 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

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #22, Bentley University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 21.5% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Bentley are China, India, and Venezuela.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bentley 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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#23

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Connecticut did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking, coming in at #23. UCONN is located in Storrs, Connecticut and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,052 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 14.1% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UCONN come from such countries as 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCONN also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#24

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Nepali Students ranking. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,024 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 25.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UChicago are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UChicago 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 Miami

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

With a ranking of #25, University of Miami did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Nepali Students. Coral Gables, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,118 students in 2018-2019.

Around 16.1% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at U Miami are China, Kuwait, and Venezuela.

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

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Nepali 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

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#27

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
#28

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#29

Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, California
#32

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#33

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
#34

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#35

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
#36

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#37

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
#38

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
#39

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#40

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
#41

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#42

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#43

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
#44

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
#45

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
#46

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts
#48

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#49

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
#50

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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

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Rank College Location
51 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
52 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
55 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
56 Brown University Providence, RI

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
57 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
58 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
59 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
60 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
61 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
62 Georgetown University Washington, DC
63 University of Georgia Athens, GA
64 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
65 Clemson University Clemson, SC
66 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
67 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
68 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
69 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
70 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
71 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
Rank College Location
72 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
73 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
74 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
75 University of Houston Houston, TX

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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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