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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Netherlands

124 Colleges
$53,530 Avg Tuition & Fees*
81% 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. 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 Dutch Students ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 124 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Dutch 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 Netherlands

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Columbia University in the City of New York tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Dutch 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. Students studying at Columbia come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. On top of its placing in this ranking, Columbia 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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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Cornell University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Cornell is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The school has a large population, 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 studying at Cornell 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 97%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Cornell also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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New York University

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

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at New York University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Dutch students. NYU is located in New York, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 27.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at NYU come from such countries as 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. NYU 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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Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Out of the 124 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,902 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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.

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. Harvard also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Northeastern University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Dutch students. Northeastern is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 32.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Taiwan come to Northeastern to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northeastern also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Dutch Students ranking. 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.

International students make up 23.4% of the total student body at the school. 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 not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a ranking of #7, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a large public school located in Ann Arbor, Michigan that handed out 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to U-M to study.

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

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. 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.

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

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University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students. UC Berkeley is a public institution located in Berkeley, California. The school has a large population, and 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 from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UC Berkeley to study.

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

Stanford, California

Stanford University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. 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.

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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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,632 students in 2018-2019.

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.

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, UPenn is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Dutch Students ranking. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Chicago, Illinois. It awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 25.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UChicago to study.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. 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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#13

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

California Institute of Technology landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Pasadena, California, and it awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 30.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Caltech come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Caltech also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,770 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.1% are international. Students studying at Northwestern come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Northwestern 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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Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the fairly large private not-for-profit school 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.

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, Yale is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #16, University of Southern California did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students. USC is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. 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 studying at USC 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. USC 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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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. UNC Chapel Hill is a large public school situated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.8% are international. Students studying at UNC Chapel Hill 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. In addition to its great ranking here, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #18, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UCLA are China, South Korea, and India.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. In addition to its great ranking here, UCLA is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Miami

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

University of Miami came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Dutch Students ranking. U Miami is a private not-for-profit institution located in Coral Gables, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 16.1% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Kuwait, and Venezuela come to U Miami to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. U Miami 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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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. Located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,062 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 11.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Boston College come from such countries as China, South Korea, and Spain.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston College 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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Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students ranking, coming in at #21. Boston U is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 24.8% of the total student population at the school is international. 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%. In addition to its great ranking here, Boston U is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

With a ranking of #22, Dartmouth College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students. Hanover, New Hampshire is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,249 students 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.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Dartmouth 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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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 21.6% of the total student body at the school. 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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Dutch Students. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UCSD 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 94%. UCSD 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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Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Dutch Students list. Brown is a private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 18.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Brown to study.

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