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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Spain

361 Colleges
$53,648 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 361 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Spanish students. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, number of total international students at the school, and the percentage of international students on campus - to make this determination.

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

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Our 2021 rankings named Columbia University in the City of New York the best school for Spanish 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.

International students make up 36.3% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Columbia 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. 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

Illinois Institute of Technology

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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Illinois Institute of Technology. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish students list. Illinois Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 600 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Illinois Tech 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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#3

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 #3 in this year’s ranking. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,127 students in 2018-2019.

Around 32.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Northeastern are China, India, and Taiwan.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#4

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 #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Spanish students. NYU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 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 impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. 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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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Cornell University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish students list. 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.

Around 22.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Cornell to study.

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. 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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#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. 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 studying at UChicago come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. UChicago 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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking. 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.

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.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. MIT also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking, coming in at #8. Boston U is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.8% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Boston U to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking, coming in at #9. Harvard University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.0% are international. 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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #10, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 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.

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

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#11

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking. This large public school is located in Berkeley, California, 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. 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. 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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#12

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.6% are 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. 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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#13

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking, coming in at #13. This large public school is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it awarded 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.

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, U-M also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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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 Spanish Students. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees 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. 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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#15

University of Miami

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

University of Miami ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Spanish Students list. Coral Gables, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,118 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 16.1% of the total student body at the school. 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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#16

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

With a ranking of #16, Northwestern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.1% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Northwestern to study.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. 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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#17

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

With a ranking of #17, Georgetown University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. Washington, District of Columbia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,169 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.3% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Georgetown to study.

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, Georgetown is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and it awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 11.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and Spain come to Boston College to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Boston College is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,664 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Yale come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

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. Yale 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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#20

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school awarded 9,069 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UCLA 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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#21

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. 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. 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. Located in Champaign, Illinois, the large public school awarded 8,983 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. 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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#23

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #23, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Carnegie Mellon to study.

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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#24

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. Johns Hopkins is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Johns Hopkins 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%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Johns Hopkins 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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#25

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

With a ranking of #25, Princeton University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Spanish Students. Princeton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, 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. The top three countries sending students to study at Princeton are China, Canada, and India.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Princeton also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Spanish students

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
#27

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#28

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#29

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
#31

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#32

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#33

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#34

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#35

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#36

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
#37

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#38

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#39

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
#40

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#41

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
#42

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#44

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#45

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#46

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
#47

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
#48

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#49

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland

Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
52 Rice University Houston, TX
53 Emory University Atlanta, GA
54 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
55 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
56 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
57 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
58 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
59 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
60 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
61 Tufts University Medford, MA
62 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
63 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
64 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
65 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
66 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
67 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
68 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
69 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
70 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
Rank College Location
71 Auburn University Auburn, AL
72 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
73 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

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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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