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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Peru

142 Colleges
$52,021 Avg Tuition & Fees*
78% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 142 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Peruvian 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 Peru

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Columbia University in the City of New York tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Peruvian students. Columbia is located in New York, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, Columbia is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Out of the 142 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Cornell University landed the #2 spot on the list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 22.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Cornell are China, India, and Canada.

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, Cornell also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

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 #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian students list. New York, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,658 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 27.6% are international. 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. NYU 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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#4

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Northeastern University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Peruvian students. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 32.5% are 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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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

A rank of #5 on our list means Northwestern University is a great place for Peruvian students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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 from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Northwestern to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Northwestern 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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#6

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking. Located in Berkeley, California, the large public school handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UC Berkeley is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

With a ranking of #7, Duke University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 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.

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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Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian 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. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Harvard to study.

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 not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#9

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Peruvian Students list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,780 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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 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

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking, coming in at #10. 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.

Around 24.6% of the total student population at the school is international. 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. 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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#11

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. MIT is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 29.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at MIT are China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Peruvian 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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University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking. UChicago is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 25.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UChicago come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

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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#13

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,848 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 41.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Carnegie Mellon are 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Carnegie Mellon also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking, coming in at #14. This large public school is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 14.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to U-M to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. U-M 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

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #15, Babson College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Wellesley, Massachusetts that handed out 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 31.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Babson College come from such countries as India, China, and Thailand.

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

Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Provo, Utah, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 7,007 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 3.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at BYU are Canada, South Korea, and China.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. BYU 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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University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking, coming in at #17. 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.

International students make up 15.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UCLA 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, UCLA 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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#18

University of Miami

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

University of Miami came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Coral Gables, Florida, and it awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U Miami also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#19

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

With a ranking of #19, Yale University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in New Haven, Connecticut. It awarded 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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#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Peruvian Students list. University of Pennsylvania is a large private not-for-profit school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that handed out 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 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, UPenn also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Bentley University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Peruvian Students ranking. Bentley is located in Waltham, Massachusetts and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 21.5% of the total student body at the school. 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. Bentley 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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Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.3% are 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Georgetown 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 Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. University of Rochester is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Rochester, New York. 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Rochester also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Peruvian Students list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USC to study.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, USC is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #25, University of Dayton did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Peruvian Students. Dayton, Ohio is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,167 students in 2018-2019.

Around 9.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, Saudi Arabia, and India come to UDayton to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. UDayton 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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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
27 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
28 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
29 University of Florida Gainesville, FL

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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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