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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Pakistan

315 Colleges
$52,179 Avg Tuition & Fees*
78% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Pakistani Students ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 315 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Pakistani 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 Pakistan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

New York University

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

New York University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Pakistani students. New York University is a large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that 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 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. 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbia University in the City of New York. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani students list. 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.

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 Pakistani students. Cornell is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Ithaca, New York. 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.

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. 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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#4

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Northeastern University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. 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. Students studying at Northeastern come from such countries as China, India, and Taiwan.

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, Northeastern 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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#5

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of California - Berkeley. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani students list. UC Berkeley is a large public school situated in Berkeley, California. It awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 17.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UC Berkeley are China, South Korea, and India.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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.

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. Harvard also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#7

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Pakistani Students list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 29.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at MIT come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. MIT not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #8, University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students. Tampa, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,684 students in 2018-2019.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at USF Tampa come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. USF Tampa excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% 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 ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Pakistani Students list. This large public school is located in Champaign, Illinois, and it awarded 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.

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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#10

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking, coming in at #10. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Durham, North Carolina, and it awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 21.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Duke 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. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#11

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Pakistani Students list. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,848 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 41.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Carnegie Mellon are China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. 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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#12

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 25.9% are international. Students studying at UChicago come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 99%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#13

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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.

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. On top of its placing in this ranking, UPenn 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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#14

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students. 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.

International students make up 23.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at USC are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#15

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Mount Holyoke College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Pakistani Students list. Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 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 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. 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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#16

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking, coming in at #16. 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.

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.

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 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

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #17, Illinois Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students. Illinois Tech is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 600 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Illinois Tech are China, India, and Spain.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Illinois Tech 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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#18

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking. Ann Arbor, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,815 students in 2018-2019.

Around 14.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at U-M are China, India, and South Korea.

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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#19

Stanford University

Stanford, California

With a ranking of #19, Stanford University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani 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.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Stanford also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #20, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,069 students 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%. 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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#21

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

With a ranking of #21, University of Rochester did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Pakistani Students. Located in Rochester, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 30.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at University of Rochester 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 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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#22

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Pakistani Students list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in New Haven, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.7% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Yale are China, Canada, and India.

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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#23

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Pakistani Students ranking. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,297 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 23.4% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Princeton are China, Canada, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Princeton also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#24

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Pakistani Students list. Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hanover, New Hampshire. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.5% are international. Students studying at Dartmouth come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Dartmouth also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#25

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Pakistani Students list. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Providence, Rhode Island. It awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Pakistani students

Not only did these schools make the top 48 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#27

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#28

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#30

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#31

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
#33

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#34

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#35

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#36

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#37

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#38

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
#39

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#40

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#41

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
#42

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#43

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#44

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts
#46

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#47

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#48

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
49 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
50 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
51 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
52 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
53 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
54 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
55 Tufts University Medford, MA
56 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
57 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
58 University of Delaware Newark, DE
59 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
60 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
61 University of Houston Houston, TX
62 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
63 Southern Methodist University Dallas, 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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