25 US universities with the most international students

New York, California, Pennsylvania and Texas each claim three universities in the top 25 institutions in the United States by the number of international students.
November 24 2015

International students in the United States tend to concentrate in three states: New York, California and Texas.

So the results of the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2015 report, revealing the 25 US universities with the most international students, are not particularly surprising.

New York, California and Texas each claim three universities in the top 25, as does Pennsylvania.


- The full list of American universities in the World University Rankings


The highest number of international students at any university in the US can be found at New York University, where more than 30 per cent of the student population hail from abroad.

At Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, international students make up more than half of all students on campus.

map: International students in USA

In total, just over 200,000 international students attend these top 25 universities, representing more than 20 per cent of all international students in the US.

The majority of these 25 universities are also counted among the best 100 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

Rank

World University Rank

Institution

City

State

Number of international students

Percentage of international students

1

30

New York University

New York

NY

13,178

31%

2

68

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

CA

12,334

34%

3

15

Columbia University

New York

NY

11,510

46%

4

189

Arizona State University

Tempe

AZ

11,330

14%

5

36

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign

IL

11,223

26%

6

201-250

Northeastern University

Boston

MA

10,559

57%

7

=113

Purdue University

West Lafayette

IN

10,230

26%

8

16

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles

CA

10,209

27%

9

=99

Michigan State University

East Lansing

MI

8,146

18%

10

32

University of Washington

Seattle

WA

8,035

18%

11

64

Boston University

Boston

MA

7,860

32%

12

75

Pennsylvania State University

University Park

PA

7,728

17%

13

21

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor

MI

7,423

18%

14

=90

Ohio State University

Columbus

OH

7,121

14%

15

201-250

University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson

TX

7,064

43%

16

201-250

Indiana University

Bloomington

IN

7,009

11%

17

=65

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis

MN

6,984

15%

18

13

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley

CA

6,874

19%

19

201-250

University at Buffalo

Buffalo

NY

6,852

27%

20

=193

Texas A&M University

College Station

TX

6,690

13%

21

22

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh

PA

6,198

52%

22

17

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

PA

6,167

30%

23

=120

University of Florida

Gainesville

FL

6,148

12%

24

50

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison

WI

5,977

15%

25

46

University of Texas at Austin

Austin

TX

5,947

12%

Note: Different datasets have been used to calculate percentages for international students and figures may vary from international student percentages that appear in the World University Rankings 2015-16

 

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