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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Singapore

153 Colleges
$52,903 Avg Tuition & Fees*
80% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 153 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Singaporean 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 Singapore

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our 2021 rankings named Columbia University in the City of New York the best school for Singaporean students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Columbia also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

New York University

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

Out of the 153 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York University landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 27.6% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to NYU to study.

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, NYU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 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 also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#4

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A rank of #4 on our list means Carnegie Mellon University is a great place for Singaporean students working on their bachelor’s degree. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Carnegie Mellon 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

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of California - Berkeley helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Singaporean students. This large public school is located in Berkeley, California, and 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.

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, UC Berkeley 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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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and it awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Harvard come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Harvard did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

With a ranking of #7, Cornell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean 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.

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.

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

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#8

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #8. Stanford is a private not-for-profit institution located in Stanford, California. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 24.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Stanford are 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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#9

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #9. 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.

Around 15.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UCLA 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. UCLA 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

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the fairly large private not-for-profit school 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Duke is ranked #2 for overall quality in the United States.

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#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,632 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 20.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UPenn are 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. 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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#12

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

With a ranking of #12, Yale University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students. Yale is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 20.7% are international. Students studying at Yale come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

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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#13

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 5,337 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.9% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at USC 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. 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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#14

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #14. University of Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 25.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UChicago to study.

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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#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Singaporean Students list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Evanston, Illinois, and it awarded 2,770 bachelor’s degrees 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. 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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#16

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a ranking of #16, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students. 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. 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 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

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #17, Northeastern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,127 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 32.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Northeastern come from such countries as China, India, and Taiwan.

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

With a ranking of #18, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students. UIUC is located in Champaign, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 22.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UIUC come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UIUC 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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Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Singaporean 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Boston U are 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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#20

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Singaporean Students list. 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.

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%. 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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#21

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 Singaporean Students ranking, coming in at #21. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 23.2% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UCSD to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. 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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#22

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. Johns Hopkins is located in Baltimore, Maryland and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 20.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Johns Hopkins come from such countries as 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Johns Hopkins is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Washington - Seattle Campus ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Singaporean Students list. UW Seattle is a public institution located in Seattle, Washington. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UW Seattle 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%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UW Seattle 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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Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St Louis came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Singaporean Students ranking. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. It awarded 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 21.7% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to WUSTL to study.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 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, WUSTL also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#25

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

With a ranking of #25, Princeton University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Singaporean Students. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at Princeton are China, Canada, and India.

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 also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
27 Rice University Houston, TX
28 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
29 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
30 Tufts University Medford, MA
31 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN

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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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