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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Norway

108 Colleges
$50,265 Avg Tuition & Fees*
75% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWith all of the options international students have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 Norwegian Students ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 108 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Norwegian students. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the percentage of international students on campus.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for Students from Norway

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Our 2021 rankings named Columbia University in the City of New York the best school for Norwegian students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school 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.

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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#2

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Out of the 108 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northeastern University landed the #2 spot on the list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 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%. In addition to its great ranking here, Northeastern is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

New York University

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

A rank of #3 on our list means New York University is a great place for Norwegian students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 6,658 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 27.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at NYU are 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. 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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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

A rank of #4 on our list means Harvard University is a great place for Norwegian students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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. Students studying at Harvard come from such countries as 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 took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

A rank of #5 on our list means Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great place for Norwegian students working on their bachelor’s degree. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 29.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at MIT are China, India, and Canada.

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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, MIT is ranked #5 for overall quality in the United States.

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#6

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,780 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.8% are 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%. 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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#7

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students. Stanford, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,892 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.6% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Stanford 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. 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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#8

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Norwegian 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 21.6% are international. Students studying at Duke come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

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

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#9

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

With a ranking of #9, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students. 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.

Around 17.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UC Berkeley come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

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

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking. 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.

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 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. 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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#11

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Norwegian 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 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%. 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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#12

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking, coming in at #12. Princeton is located in Princeton, New Jersey and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Princeton did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#13

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.8% are international. Students studying at UCLA come from such countries as 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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#14

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking. 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. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Yale to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. 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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#15

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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

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#16

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.6% of the total student body at the school. 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. UPenn 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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#17

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of Colorado Boulder landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students. Located in Boulder, Colorado, the large public school awarded 6,744 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 8.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at CU - Boulder come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, CU - Boulder also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#18

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking, coming in at #18. Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. 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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#19

University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking, coming in at #19. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school awarded 8,037 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#20

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,988 students in 2018-2019.

Around 12.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UMN Twin Cities 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, UMN Twin Cities is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a ranking of #21, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian 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.

International students make up 14.9% of the total student body at the school. 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U-M also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of San Francisco did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking, coming in at #22. USFCA is a private not-for-profit institution located in San Francisco, California. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,634 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 13.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Indonesia come to USFCA to study.

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

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of Utah did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the large public school awarded 5,236 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.0% are international. Students studying at U of U come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U of U also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#24

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Norwegian Students list. Evanston, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,770 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northwestern also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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University of Florida

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

University of Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Norwegian Students ranking, coming in at #25. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.4% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UF to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UF is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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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