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Great Universities in the South for International Students

Planning to study at an American university but not sure where you should go? Check out this list of great colleges and universities in the Southern US.

There are more than 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, as well as many different regions, climates, terrains, and cultures across the country. If you’re planning to earn your bachelor’s degree in America, these factors might make your university search feel too overwhelming to handle. Fortunately, CollegeXpress is here to help! All the schools on this list are located in the Southern part of the United States—a region with hot and humid summers but mild, pleasant winters. The South has a population of approximately more than 126 million people and is home to many different colleges and universities that are looking for international students just like you—including the ones listed below. If you’re interested in learning more about them, just click the “Connect me” button underneath each school. Then they’ll reach out to you with more information. Simplify your university search and start making valuable connections now!

Eckerd College

Eckerd CollegeEckerd College is a private Presbyterian college of liberal arts and sciences on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida—25 miles from Tampa. 2,000 students from 48 states and US territories and 35 countries can choose from nearly 40 programs in Ancient Studies, Computer Science, Political Science, and more. Eckerd supports international students with resources like the International Office; academic, financial, and immigration advisors; workshops; and student cultural organizations.

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Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of TechFlorida Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational, research-intensive university with a 130-acre campus in Melbourne, Florida—just 60 minutes from downtown Orlando. Students come from all 50 states and more than 90 countries, and 27% are international.  The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides advisement on immigration matters, enrollment requirements, travel, employment authorization, visa extensions, and more, as well as an international orientation program, a workshop video series, and various events to help international students adjust to campus life.

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High Point University

High PointHigh Point University is private liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church that’s located on a 420-acre campus in High Point, North Carolina—close to Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The HPU student body currently represents 37 countries and all 50 states. The University has a diverse student population and offers international student scholarships based on academic merit. 

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Lynn University

Lynn ULynn University is a private liberal arts university with a 123-acre campus in Boca Raton, Florida—just 50 miles from Miami. Students come from almost 100 countries and nearly all 50 states, and 18% are international. The University offers international students assistance with orientation, immigration, income tax advising, and health insurance, and all students receive an iPad customized with free faculty-produced textbooks, interactive lessons, and select apps. 

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New College of Florida

New CollegeNew College of Florida is a public honors college in Florida’s state university system with a 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida. Students come from 34 states and 14 countries, and 3% are international. The Student Activities & Campus Engagement office (SA[u]CE) hosts an International Education Week to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, while the Global Village Living Learning Community (LLC) is offered for students who share a desire to learn more about international travel and culture.  

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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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University of North Georgia

U of North GeorgiaThe University of North Georgia is a public school with five campuses in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee, Georgia. Students come from 47 states, two US territories, and 83 countries. The Center for Global Engagement is available for international students when they need support or don’t know which department to contact for various issues.

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Interested in going to university in a different part of the United States? Check out our entire list of featured International-Friendly School Profiles to discover more great options! 

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