In a review of the 2018 Best Colleges conducted by U.S. News & World Report, all six EduCo US partner institutions – Brandeis International Business School, Duquesne University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and University of St. Thomas – have been identified as among the top colleges and universities in the United States with a strong track record of serving the international student population.
“Having emerged among the top 160 out of over 3,000 universities in the United States is already a great honour for all of our US partner institutions but more so when they’re cited as among the top universities for international students,” says EduCo Senior Vice President for North America Jim Panos. “This is a validation of all our efforts to provide not only academic but also socio-cultural support for our international students to give them the best student experience possible,” he adds.
U.S. News & World Report narrowed down the list to 230 higher education institutions and evaluated their support for international students based on six indicators:
Six-year international graduation rate
First year retention rate
Programs on English as a Second Language (ESL)
International student organisations
Need-based or non-need-based scholarships and financial aid
Perks and amenities:
- English labs
- International student centre
- Special counsellors/advisers
- Host family program
- Housing during school holidays
- Dining hall services during holidays
- International student orientations
- Help with setting up local services like cellular services, access to local websites for tips, directions, job sites, etc.
- Undergraduate admissions translated into other languages
- TOEFL and/or IELTS accepted in place of ACT or SAT
- Conditional admission
In choosing the best school, Mr Panos has this advice for international students: “Use the rankings wisely, research on your undergraduate or postgraduate program of choice, and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance from our staff support teams.”