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2021 Best Colleges in the United States for Students from Vietnam

511 Colleges
$48,918 Avg Tuition & Fees*
70% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeInternational students have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 511 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for Vietnamese 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 Vietnam

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Our analysis found Northeastern University to be the best school for Vietnamese students 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.

International students make up 32.5% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Taiwan come to Northeastern 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, Northeastern also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia University in the City of New York helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Vietnamese students. Columbia is a large private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 36.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Columbia 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, 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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#3

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Boston University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Vietnamese 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.

Around 24.8% of the total student population at the school is 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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#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Southern California is a great place for Vietnamese students working on their bachelor’s degree. USC is located in Los Angeles, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 23.9% are international. Students studying at USC 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, USC is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

New York University

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

Out of the 511 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, New York University landed the #5 spot on the list. 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.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking. Seattle, Washington is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,269 students 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

With a ranking of #7, Cornell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese 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. 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. Cornell 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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#8

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #8. This large public school is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 12.0% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at UMN Twin Cities are 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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#9

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students. This large public school is located in Berkeley, California, and it awarded 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%. 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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#10

University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking. UCSD is a public institution located in La Jolla, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 23.2% of the total student body at the school. 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCSD 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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#11

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

University of California - Los Angeles landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school awarded 9,069 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 15.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, South Korea, and India come to UCLA 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, UCLA also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #12, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students. UIUC is a public institution located in Champaign, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 22.3% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UIUC are China, India, and South Korea.

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, UIUC also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #13. Durham, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,303 students in 2018-2019.

Around 21.6% of the total student population at the school is 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 made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#14

University of California - Irvine

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

University of California - Irvine landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students. UC Irvine is a large public school situated in Irvine, California. It awarded 8,394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 19.1% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at UC Irvine 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. UC Irvine 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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#15

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese 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 studying at University of Rochester 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, University of Rochester 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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#16

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #16, Drexel University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students. Drexel is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,710 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 11.1% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Vietnam come to Drexel to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. In addition to its great ranking here, Drexel is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Stanford University

Stanford, California

With a ranking of #17, Stanford University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students. 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.

Of the total number of students at the school, 24.6% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Canada come to Stanford to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Stanford 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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#18

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #18. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#19

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking. This large public school is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 14.9% are international. Students studying at U-M 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. U-M 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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#20

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students list. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the large public school awarded 8,915 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. In addition to its great ranking here, UW - Madison is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

University of California - Davis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #21. 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.

International students make up 18.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UC Davis 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. In addition to its great ranking here, UC Davis is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#22

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #22, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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. Students studying at MIT come from such countries as China, India, and Canada.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. MIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#23

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students list. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 18.7% are international. Students studying at WPI come from such countries as China, India, and Vietnam.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. WPI 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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#24

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students list. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Chicago, Illinois. It awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 25.9% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to UChicago to study.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 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, UChicago 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

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

University of Houston did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Vietnamese Students ranking, coming in at #25. University of Houston is a large public school located in Houston, Texas that handed out 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.9% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UH come from such countries as India, China, and Vietnam.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Vietnamese 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

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
#27

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#30

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts
#31

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#32

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#34

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
#35

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#36

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#37

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
#38

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#39

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#40

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#41

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#43

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
#44

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
#45

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania
#46

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#47

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#49

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#50

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

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

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Rank College Location
51 Brown University Providence, RI
52 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
53 George Washington University Washington, DC
54 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
55 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
56 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
57 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
58 Tufts University Medford, MA
59 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
60 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
61 Seattle University Seattle, WA
62 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
63 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
64 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
65 Auburn University Auburn, AL
Rank College Location
66 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
67 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
68 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
69 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
70 American University Washington, DC
71 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
72 Emory University Atlanta, GA
73 Clark University Worcester, MA
74 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
75 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
76 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
77 George Mason University Fairfax, VA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
78 Iowa State University Ames, IA
79 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
80 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
81 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
82 Babson College Wellesley, MA
83 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
84 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
85 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
86 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
87 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
88 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
89 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
90 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
91 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
92 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
Rank College Location
93 Georgetown University Washington, DC
94 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
95 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
96 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
97 Denison University Granville, OH
98 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
99 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
100 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
101 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
102 Trinity College Hartford, CT
103 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO

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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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