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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Ukraine

118 Colleges
$51,793 Avg Tuition & Fees*
77% 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 Ukrainian Students ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 118 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Ukrainian students. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the total number of international students at the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

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

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Columbia University in the City of New York tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Ukrainian students. 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.

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.

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, Columbia 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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#2

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Northeastern University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Ukrainian students. Northeastern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Boston, Massachusetts that handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 32.5% of the total student body at the school. 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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Illinois Institute of Technology

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

Out of the 118 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Illinois Institute of Technology landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 600 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 41.8% are international. Students studying at Illinois Tech come from such countries as 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Illinois Tech 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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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

A rank of #4 on our list means Cornell University is a great place for Ukrainian students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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 studying at Cornell come from such countries as 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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian students list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 99%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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New York University

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

New York University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. New York University is a large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 27.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to NYU to study.

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. 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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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,632 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 20.6% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UPenn are 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. 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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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

With a ranking of #8, Duke University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. 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. The top three countries sending students to study at Duke are China, India, and South Korea.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Duke also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students list. Cambridge, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,902 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.0% are international. Students from as far away as China, Canada, and India come to Harvard 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 Ukrainian Students ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Harvard is ranked #3 for overall quality in the United States.

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Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. Boston U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 24.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Boston U 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%. 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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Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students ranking, coming in at #11. New Haven, Connecticut is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,664 students 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Yale also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. University of Rochester is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Rochester, New York that handed out 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 30.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to University of Rochester to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. University of Rochester 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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#13

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #13, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian 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.

Around 41.0% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Carnegie Mellon come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Carnegie Mellon is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

With a ranking of #14, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. UC Berkeley is located in Berkeley, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 17.0% of the total student body at the school. 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%. 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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University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. UChicago is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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 student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its great ranking here, UChicago is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at USC come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

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. 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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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #17, University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. University of South Florida - Main Campus is a large public school located in Tampa, Florida that handed out 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.8% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. On top of its placing in this ranking, USF Tampa also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Bentley University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students ranking, coming in at #18. Bentley is located in Waltham, Massachusetts and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Around 21.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Bentley are China, India, and Venezuela.

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

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 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.

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. Northwestern 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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Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

With a ranking of #20, Princeton University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Princeton, New Jersey. It awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.4% are international. 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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students list. 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.

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 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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George Washington University

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

George Washington University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students list. Washington, District of Columbia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,447 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 14.2% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at GWU are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

University of Notre Dame ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students list. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 11.9% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Notre Dame are China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Notre Dame 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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University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students list. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 23.2% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UCSD to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Ukrainian Students ranking. This large public school is located in Seattle, Washington, and it awarded 9,269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.5% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UW Seattle 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. 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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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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