Great Midwestern Universities for International Students

Looking for a great university with resources and programs tailored to international students? Check out this list of great options in the Midwestern US.

The Midwest is known as the Heartland of America, with wide expanses of prairies, fields, and generally flat, rolling land that’s good for farming. But there are also many up-and-coming cities as well as colleges and universities that are looking for international students to join their campuses. One of the schools on the following list could be the right fit for you! Just click the “Connect Me” button underneath the ones that sound interesting, then we’ll send your CollegeXpress profile information directly to the school so they can get in touch with you. The search for your best-fit university starts (or continues) now!

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University Case Western Reserve University is a private research institution located in University Circle, four miles from downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The University offers more than 100 academic programs to 5,200 undergraduate students, including international students from dozens of countries and more than 20% of whom are citizens of a country other than the United States. International Student Services assists with immigration matters, provides intercultural exchange opportunities, connects students to CWRU resources, and helps the international community understand the social and academic culture at CWRU and in the US. 

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College of St. Scholastica

College of St. ScholasticaThe College of St. Scholastica is a private church-affiliated college located in a residential area of Duluth, Minnesota. Approximately 1,600 undergraduates are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate programs spanning all disciplines, with 82% of students coming from Minnesota. International Student Services specializes in advocating for and serving the needs of international students with support and advice to help you adjust to the College and life in the United States, assistance with immigration regulations, informational programming, and more.

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Earlham College

Earlham CollegeEarlham College is a Quaker-affiliated liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana—45 miles west of Dayton, Ohio. International students make up approximately 21% of the total student body at Earlham, which includes more than 200 international students, faculty, and language assistants from over 60 countries. The University offers a Bachelor of Arts in over 30 disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs as well as peer mentors, teaching assistants, a writing center, and international student advisors to help prepare your I20, provide guidance throughout the visa process, welcome you to campus, and offer support during your four years. 

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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale CollegeHillsdale College is a private Christian liberal arts college located in the city of Hillsdale in south central Michigan—approximately 70 miles from Ann Arbor, Toledo, Lansing, and Fort Wayne. The University offers 36 major fields of concentration as well as 39 minors to 1,460 full-time undergraduates representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 12 countries. International students may access the same services available to domestic students, such as academic tutors, the writing center, health services, mental health counselors, and more. 

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Miami University

Miami UniversityMiami University is a public coeducational institution located in Oxford, Ohio. With a total of 19,933 students, including 2,895 international undergraduates from 91 countries, the University offers more than 120 majors and programs to prepare for pre-professional study in five academic divisions. Resources for international students include International Student and Scholar Services, the American Culture and English Program, International Student Orientation, and several clubs with an international focus.

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Michigan State University

Michigan State UniversityMichigan State University is a comprehensive public land-grant university located in East Lansing, Michigan—80 miles northwest of Detroit. Around 49,809 total students—including 39,176 undergraduates and 9.1% international students—come from all 50 states and more than 140 countries to pursue over 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges. MSU also offers a vast array of services to aid international students, including the English Language Center, the Office for International Students and Scholars, the International Studies and Programs Office, and more than 900 student clubs and organizations.

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Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois UniversityNortheastern Illinois University is a public university located eight miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois. Around 7,423 students from more than 100 countries choose from majors that include Computer Science; Psychology; Social Work; Accounting; Interdisciplinary Studies; Biology; Management; Communication, Media, and Theatre; Finance; and Justice Studies. The University also offers pre-arrival support, airport pickup, a comprehensive orientation, and ongoing support and assistance for international students. 

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Ohio University

Ohio UniversityOhio University is a public comprehensive institution located in Athens, Ohio—75 miles southeast of Columbus. More than 17,000 undergraduates from all 50 states; Washington, DC; Puerto Rico; and 113 countries from around the world come to OHIO to study 250+ programs offered through nine colleges and one academic center. The Office of International Student and Faculty Services offers support for arrival, advising, housing, and financing an Ohio University education, while the Ohio Program of Intensive English provides English preparation through one of the leading English-language programs in the United States.

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Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State UniversityOklahoma State University is a public land-grant research university located in Stillwater, Oklahoma—70 miles west of Tulsa. Around 20,978 undergraduates between the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses represent all 50 states and 105+ countries, pursuing more than 200 undergraduate degree options available in six academic colleges. International Students and Scholars assists with cultural exchange and enrichment within the OSU and Stillwater communities, with undergraduate admission counselors who are available to help with applications, immigration, official documents, fees, and any other questions students may have. 

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis UniversitySaint Louis University is a private Jesuit, Catholic research university located in St. Louis, Missouri. The University’s nearly 13,000 total students come from all 50 states and 82 countries to study 90 undergraduate programs and 100 graduate and professional programs. SLU’s Office of International Services supports international students, scholars, and employees as well as students who wish to study abroad by promoting international student success and providing a global perspective for the University community.

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University of Chicago

University of ChicagoThe University of Chicago is a private comprehensive university located seven miles south of downtown Chicago, Illinois. Over 6,800 undergraduates representing all 50 states and more than 100 countries (with 16% international students) pursue more than 50 majors and over 40 minors, with the ability to double-major, create your own major, or explore interdisciplinary opportunities. The Office of International Affairs provides advising services and supportive programming to the international student community in addition to the more than 400 student organizations encompassing athletics, the arts, community service, and Greek life available on campus. 

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University of Notre Dame

University of Notre DameThe University of Notre Dame is a comprehensive church-affiliated university located in Notre Dame, Indiana—five miles outside South Bend. Just over 8,600 undergraduates from all 50 states and 75 countries are enrolled in 75 bachelor’s degree programs in four colleges and two schools. International Student and Scholar Affairs provides an array of resources for international students, including a comprehensive orientation to the University and assistance navigating procedures with the Department of Homeland Security, managing timelines on visa and immigration papers, and connecting students with necessary resources.

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