Colleges that pay off the most
Six Ivy Leagues make the list. Source: Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

More student debts during a pandemic? No, thank you. So, where can international students go to get a quality education that is bang for their buck today? Which are the US colleges that pay off the most?

The best ROI is a mix of many factors: quality of its academic programmes, facilities, access to future jobs, pathway to graduate schools.

Based on reviews, rankings and statistics, education search platform Niche has ranked the best universities in the US for international students. 

In its 2020 Top US Colleges for International Students in America report, Niche notes that international students make up more than 10% of the student body at these schools, or have more than 1,000 international students enrolled. 

Some of the institutions in their list offer international students financial aid packages, while others have great communities of international students, said Niche.

Top US colleges for international students in the US

Niche ranks the following universities in the top 10 of their list:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Harvard University
  5. Princeton University
  6. Duke University
  7. Brown University
  8. Columbia University
  9. University of Pennsylvania 
  10. Rice University

Six of the top 10 institutions on the list are Ivy Leagues, known for their highly selective admissions process, academic excellence and promising career opportunities for students enrolled. 

The upfront cost of attending a top institution can be daunting for many, but there are financial aid, scholarships and grants that can dramatically reduce the cost of attending college that international students should look into.

Harvard College, for instance, notes on its website, “We make a promise to every admitted student: your financial circumstances will not keep you from Harvard. 

“With our generous financial aid programme, a commitment to economic diversity, and a breadth of tools and resources, our office helps make sure nothing stands in the way of your Harvard education.”

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