Babson College in Massachusetts has been named the best college in the United States for overseas students by Forbes Magazine.
The news comes just a week after the college was ranked number one for entrepreneurship for the 21st consecutive time by US News & World Report.
“Babson boasts a formidable international student population and is one of the few liberal arts colleges that offer need-based financial aid for international students,” revealed Forbes. “The school has developed name recognition worldwide.”
Babson international students come from more than 75 countries around the world and make up 28 per cent of the undergraduate student population. Statistics show that 23 per cent of current first-year students are from outside the United States, and an additional 8 per cent are US students who hold dual passports.
“Babson College is proud to offer a welcoming and transformative learning experience for students from around the world and we are thrilled to be recognised as the best US college for international students for the second consecutive year,” said Kerry Healey, Babson College president. “At Babson, students of all nationalities and backgrounds live and learn together. Our diverse international community instils all students with a truly global mindset and prepares them to create economic and social value everywhere.”
The number of foreign students at US colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during 2015-2016 (the most recent data available).
However, nearly 4 in 10 higher education institutions in the US report a small but striking dip (-2 per cent) in international undergraduate enrolment after a decade of steady growth.
Following Babson College in the rankings are two small liberal arts schools in California’s Claremont Colleges consortium — Harvey Mudd College and Claremont McKenna College. Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology round up the top five.
Article published 2nd October 2017