The US is home to over one million international students from all over the world. Every year the US brings in about 300,000 international students to its many schools. There are thousands of universities in the US, which means there are a lot of choices and tough decisions to make when looking to study in the US. It can be difficult to narrow down what school you want to attend with so many universities to choose from. To help you we have gathered the top 10 universities that attract the most international students (for the 2016/17 academic year).

 

1. New York University

Number of international Students: 17,326

Global Ranking: Tied for #28

Globally ranked #7 for Mathematics

Nationally ranked #5 (tie) for Business Programs

 

2. University of Southern California

Number of international Students: 14,327

Global Ranking: #62

Their Computer Science program is globally ranked #18

Ranked #24 for their graduate Business program

 

3. Columbia University

Number of international Students: 14,096

Global Ranking: #8

Graduate Engineering program is ranked #13 (tie)

Their Business and Economics program is globally ranked #8

 

4. Northeastern University – Boston

Number of international Students: 13,201

Global Ranking: #228 (tie)

Graduate Engineering program is ranked #39 (tie)

Their graduate Computer Science program is ranked #60

 

5. Arizona State University – Tempe

Number of international Students: 13,164

Global Ranking: #134 (tie)

Ranked #1 for Most Innovative Schools

Globally ranked #24 for Economics and Business

 

6. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

Number of international Students: 12,454

Global Ranking: #51

Engineering program is ranked #19 globally

Graduate Engineering program is tied at #9

 

7. University of California – Los Angeles

Number of international Students: 12,199

Global Ranking: #13

Computer Science program is ranked #40 globally

Their graduate Business program is ranked #15

 

8. Purdue University – West Lafayette

Number of international Students: 11,288

Global Ranking: #103

Ranked #40 for their Graduate Engineering program globally

Graduate Engineering program is ranked #8 nationally

 

9. University of Texas at Dallas

Number of international Students: 9,305

Global Ranking: #234 (tie)

Their graduate Business school is ranked  #38 (tie)

Ranked #63 (tie) for their graduate Engineering school

 

10. Penn State University – University Park

Number of international Students: 9,134

Global Ranking: #66

Computer Science program is globally ranked #69

Their undergraduate Engineering program is ranked #20 (tie)

 

Good luck with your decision making! There are a lot of great choices. If you are looking for more great universities, check out our University Spotlights or our University Program Spotlights! In addition, you can even check out last year’s list to see what schools were the top last year!

 

By Ashleigh Cue