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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Sweden

178 Colleges
$51,857 Avg Tuition & Fees*
77% 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. 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 Swedish Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 178 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Swedish 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 Sweden

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 Swedish students. Columbia is a private not-for-profit institution located in New York, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 36.3% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Columbia to study.

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 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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#2

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

A rank of #2 on our list means University of California - Berkeley is a great place for Swedish students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Berkeley, California, the large public school awarded 9,627 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UC Berkeley come from such countries as 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 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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#3

Stanford University

Stanford, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Stanford University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish students list. Located in Stanford, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,892 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Stanford are China, India, and Canada.

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 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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#4

New York University

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

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend New York University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school 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.

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. 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

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

A rank of #5 on our list means Northeastern University is a great place for Swedish students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

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.

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

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#6

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students ranking, coming in at #6. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at Cornell are China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Cornell 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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#7

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Swedish Students ranking. University of Southern California is a large private not-for-profit school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to USC to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. On top of its placing in this ranking, USC 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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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #8, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 20.6% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UPenn 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. UPenn 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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#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. Harvard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, 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.

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

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#10

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school awarded 7,815 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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.

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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#11

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #11, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish 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.

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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#12

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Swedish Students ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Boston U also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. UCLA is a large public school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 9,069 bachelor’s degrees 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 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

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

With a ranking of #14, Yale University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish 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.

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.

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. Yale 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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#15

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

California Institute of Technology landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. Caltech is located in Pasadena, California and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 30.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Caltech 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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Swedish Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Caltech is ranked #4 for overall quality in the United States.

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#16

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students ranking, coming in at #16. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 25.9% of the total student population at the school is 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 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

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

With a ranking of #17, Brown University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. Brown is a private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The school has a fairly large population, and 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.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, Brown is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Michigan State University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. Michigan State is a large public school situated in East Lansing, Michigan. It awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.4% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Michigan State are China, South Korea, and India.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Michigan State 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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#19

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Swedish Students list. University of Rochester is located in Rochester, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,921 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 30.9% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to University of Rochester 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, University of Rochester also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Swedish Students list. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 21.6% are 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 also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#21

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Swedish Students list. Princeton, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,297 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.4% are international. Students studying at Princeton come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

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. Princeton not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#22

University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Swedish Students ranking. University of California - San Diego is a large public school located in La Jolla, California that handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSD also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Swedish Students ranking. UMN Twin Cities is a public institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 12.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UMN Twin Cities 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%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UMN Twin Cities 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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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, Georgia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,717 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 23.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Georgia Tech come from such countries as 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, Georgia Tech also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#25

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #25, George Washington University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Swedish Students. GWU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at GWU 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 91%. GWU 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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Swedish students

Not only did these schools make the top 27 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
#27

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
28 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
29 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
30 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
31 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
32 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
33 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
34 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
35 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
36 University of California - Davis Davis, CA

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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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