A Guide for Overseas Students Considering Study in the U.S.A.

Accredited Universities in the United States

For international students that plan to study in America, the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is an excellent resource to ensure the colleges and universities you look into meet the standards of academic quality and recognition you are seeking, as well as to ensure they will help meet both your long and short term academic and career goals. The decision to study at an accredited university in the United States guarantees international students that study in America can transfer with ease among the greatest number of reputable institutions of higher learning, while avoiding unintended application submissions to colleges and universities that may not be accredited through these desired channels. However, it is worth noting a number of technical colleges and specialty schools might not have these formal accreditations yet are worthwhile career paths for some individuals, depending on their unique situations.

University Admission Deadlines

Public Universities in USA with Low Tuition Fees

Most popular states for foreign students

California remains the biggest draw for foreigners, with roughly 103,000 students studying there. Here are the 10 most popular states for international students:

1. California (102,789)
2. New York (82,436)
3. Texas (61,511)
4. Massachusetts (41,258)
5. Illinois (35,920)
6. Pennsylvania (33,398)
7. Florida (32,567)
8. Ohio (26,427)
9. Michigan (25,551)
10. Indiana (22,194

Here are the American universities with the greatest number of international students:

Percentage of School's Total Enrollment

University of Southern California 22%
New York University 13%
Columbia University 26%
University of Illinois 16%
Purdue University 15%
University of Michigan 14%
University of Texas 11%
UCLA 15%
Boston University 16%
Michigan state University 10%
Harvard University 23%
University of Florida 9%

The Booth School of Business at University of Chicago, Top 10 MBA colleges in US - Ranked by The Economist.

TOEFL / TOEIC / IELTS Preparation

Universities in the U.S. that Offer Scholarships for International Students

University of California, Berkeley ; Scholarships that Accept Applications from International Students
























Below are the 10 most and least expensive private colleges and universities for the 2013-2014 school year. Unranked colleges, which did not submit enough data for U.S. News to calculate a ranking, were not considered for this report.

The Most Expensive:

Columbia University (NY) $49,138 (4, National Universities)

Vassar College (NY) $47,890 (13, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Trinity College (CT) $47,510 (36, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

George Washington University (DC) $47,343 (52, National Universities)

Carnegie Mellon University (PA) $46,962 (23, National Universities)

Wesleyan University (CT) $46,944 (17, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Tulane University (LA) $46,930 (52, National Universities)

Bucknell University (PA) $46,902 (32, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Oberlin College (OH) $46,870 (25, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Union College (NY) 46,785 41, National Liberal Arts Colleges

The Least Expensive:

Berea College (KY) $1,070 (76, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Brigham Young University—Provo (UT) $4,850 (62, National Universities)

Rust College (MS) $8,900 (RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Lane College (TN) $9,180 (RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Life University (GA) $9,747 (RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Tougaloo College (MS) $10,210 (RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges)

Park University (MO) $10,600 (RNP, Regional Universities, Midwest)

Alice Lloyd College (KY) $10,620 (40, Regional Colleges, South)

William Carey University (MS) $10,800 (36, Regional Universities, South)

Allen University (SC)11,940 (RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges)