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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from United Arab Emirates

101 Colleges
$44,245 Avg Tuition & Fees*
65% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 101 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Emirati students. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the total number of international students at the school and the school's overall quality.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for Students from United Arab Emirates

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#1

New York University

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

New York University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Emirati students. NYU is a private not-for-profit institution located in New York, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 27.6% are international. Students studying at NYU 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, 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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#2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Southern California. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati students list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 5,337 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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.

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. USC 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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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia University in the City of New York helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Emirati students. Columbia is located in New York, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 36.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Columbia come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, 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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Top 20% in Quality in the United States

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Arizona State University - Tempe helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Emirati students. Arizona State University - Tempe is a large public school located in Tempe, Arizona that handed out 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 16.2% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at ASU - Tempe are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, ASU - Tempe also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northeastern University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati students list. 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. Students studying at Northeastern come from such countries as China, India, and Taiwan.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Northeastern also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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Case Western Reserve University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,372 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Around 19.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Case Western are China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Case Western 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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#7

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students. Boston U is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

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

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Indiana University - Bloomington landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students. Indiana University - Bloomington is a large public school located in Bloomington, Indiana that handed out 7,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 13.3% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at IU Bloomington 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%. IU Bloomington 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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#9

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Emirati Students list. Penn State University Park is a public institution located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, and it awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 16.1% are international. Students studying at Penn State University Park come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Penn State University Park 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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#10

Rice University

Houston, Texas

Rice University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Emirati Students list. Rice is a private not-for-profit institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 24.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Rice 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. Rice 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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#11

Michigan State University

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

Michigan State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking, coming in at #11. Michigan State is located in East Lansing, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

International students make up 12.4% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Michigan State come from such countries as China, South Korea, and India.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Michigan State 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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#12

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Around 20.6% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UPenn are China, India, and South Korea.

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. 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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#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

George Mason University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Emirati Students list. GMU is located in Fairfax, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,866 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.5% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to GMU to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. GMU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking, coming in at #14. USF Tampa is a public institution located in Tampa, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 10.8% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at USF Tampa come from such countries as India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. USF Tampa also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Emirati 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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#16

University of Miami

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

University of Miami ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Emirati Students list. U Miami is a private not-for-profit institution located in Coral Gables, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.1% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at U Miami are China, Kuwait, and Venezuela.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, U Miami is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Oregon State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking, coming in at #17. Oregon State is located in Corvallis, Oregon and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,981 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 11.0% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Oregon State are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Oregon State also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#18

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Auburn University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking. Located in Auburn, Alabama, the large public school awarded 5,370 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 9.7% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Auburn come from such countries as China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Auburn also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school awarded 9,269 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 16.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UW Seattle to study.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UW Seattle 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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#20

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Bentley University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking, coming in at #20. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bentley also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

George Washington University

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

George Washington University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati 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.

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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. GWU 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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#22

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students. UW - Madison is a public institution located in Madison, Wisconsin. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 14.5% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at UW - Madison come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

American University

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

American University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking, coming in at #23. The American University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 12.8% are international. Students studying at The American University come from such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, The American University also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#24

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

With a ranking of #24, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students. Located in Berkeley, California, the large public school handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Berkeley also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#25

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

North Carolina State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Emirati Students ranking, coming in at #25. NC State is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,953 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 11.5% are international. Students studying at NC State come from such countries as India, China, and South Korea.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, NC State 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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