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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Taiwan

371 Colleges
$50,411 Avg Tuition & Fees*
75% 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. 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 Taiwanese Students ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 371 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Taiwanese 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 Taiwan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Our 2021 rankings named University of Southern California the best school for Taiwanese students working on their bachelor’s degree. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,337 students 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.

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, USC 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

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend New York University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. 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.

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%. 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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#3

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Out of the 371 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northeastern University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,127 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 32.5% are 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. 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbia University in the City of New York. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese students list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in New York, New York, and it awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 36.3% of the total student population at the school is international. 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. 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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#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Carnegie Mellon University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Taiwanese students. 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.

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, 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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#6

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a ranking of #6, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at U-M 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. 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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#7

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students ranking, coming in at #7. 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.

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 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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#8

University of California - San Diego

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

With a ranking of #8, University of California - San Diego did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. UCSD is a large public school situated in La Jolla, California. It awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.2% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UCSD are 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. In addition to its great ranking here, UCSD is in the top 10% 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 landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. Champaign, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,983 students in 2018-2019.

Around 22.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UIUC 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 92%. In addition to its great ranking here, UIUC is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students list. University of California - Berkeley is a large public school located in Berkeley, California that handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 17.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UC Berkeley to study.

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, 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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#11

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students ranking. UCLA is a public institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 15.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UCLA 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. 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #12, University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 16.5% are 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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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. 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.

International students make up 22.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Cornell are China, India, and Canada.

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. 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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#14

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 20.6% of the total student population at the school is 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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#15

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of California - Irvine came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students ranking. UC Irvine is a public institution located in Irvine, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 19.1% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UC Irvine to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UC Irvine is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

University of California - Davis ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students list. UC Davis is a public institution located in Davis, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 18.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UC Davis to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. UC Davis 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

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students ranking, coming in at #17. Northwestern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Evanston, Illinois that handed out 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 17.1% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Northwestern are China, India, and South Korea.

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. Northwestern 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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#18

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #18, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. 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 studying at MIT come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 99%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Taiwanese 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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#19

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and it awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 20.0% are international. 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%. 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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#20

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Taiwanese 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.

International students make up 21.6% of the total student body at the school. 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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Taiwanese 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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#21

Stanford University

Stanford, California

With a ranking of #21, Stanford University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Stanford, California, and it awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees 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.

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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#22

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. This large public school is located in Madison, Wisconsin, and it awarded 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 14.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UW - Madison are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UW - Madison 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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#23

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students list. 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.

International students make up 23.0% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Harvard come from such countries as China, Canada, and India.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Harvard did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#24

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

The University of Texas at Dallas landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students. The University of Texas at Dallas is a large public school located in Richardson, Texas that handed out 4,225 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.4% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UT Dallas come from such countries as India, China, and Taiwan.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UT Dallas is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St Louis ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Taiwanese Students list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri, and it awarded 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 21.7% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to WUSTL to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. WUSTL 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Taiwanese 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

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#29

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
#30

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#31

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
#32

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#33

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#35

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#36

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#38

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
#39

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#40

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#41

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
#42

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#43

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#44

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
#45

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
#47

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
#48

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#49

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#50

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

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

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Rank College Location
51 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
52 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
53 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
54 Pratt Institute - Main Brooklyn, NY
55 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
56 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
57 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
58 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
59 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
60 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
61 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
62 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
63 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
64 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
65 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
66 Brown University Providence, RI
67 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
68 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
69 The New School New York, NY
70 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
71 University of Delaware Newark, DE
Rank College Location
72 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
73 Bentley University Waltham, MA
74 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
75 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA

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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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