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Great Universities in the Northeast for International Students

If you're looking for a great place to study in the Northeastern US, check out these colleges and universities that are perfect for international students.

The Northeastern part of the United States is known for its cooler temperatures, fast-paced approach to life, and well-respected colleges and universities. The following schools are looking for more international students to enroll on their campuses, and they’re all great places to earn your degree, even if you haven’t heard their names before. To learn more about them, just click the “Connect me” button underneath the schools that interest you—then they’ll reach out to you with more information. Start looking for your new academic home far away from home now! 

Allegheny College

Allegheny CollegeAllegheny College is a private national liberal arts college in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Around 1,800 undergraduates from 70 countries and 47 states (plus US Military States; Washington, DC; Puerto Rico; and the US Virgin Islands) can choose from more than 900 program combinations in social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. The International Education Office is dedicated to providing services and programs to international students, and international admission representatives are available.

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Caldwell University

Caldwell UniversityCaldwell University is a church-affiliated liberal arts institution in Caldwell, New Jersey—20 miles from New York City. Around 2,200 students represent 26 states and 41 countries, enrolling in 31 undergraduate programs and 31 graduate and certificate programs. The Office of International Student Services advises international students on compliance with immigration laws and regulations, provides support in cultural and social adjustment, and assists student, administrative, and academic groups in their initiatives to nurture and grow international programs.

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Cornell University Precollege Studies

Cornell University logoCornell University Precollege Studies offers online pre-college programs for high school students based out of Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York. About 1,500 students from around the world participate every summer, with students representing 40 countries and more than 600 cities. Students receive college credit through more than 60 online undergraduate courses and have access to all the University’s academic and student resources, including the International Students and Scholars Office. 

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Fordham University

Fordham UniversityFordham University is a private Jesuit research university with two campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, New York. More than 16,000 students choose from more than 60 majors in nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, with an international undergraduate population of 7.5%. International student orientations at the start of each semester, full- and part-time ESL program options, and student cultural organizations and activities are offered on both campuses.

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Geneva College

Geneva College logoGeneva College is a Presbyterian-affiliated liberal arts college in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania—45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. As one of the first colleges in the country to admit Black and female students, Geneva offers more than 145 majors and academic programs and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, with students coming from 63 different religious denominations and 10% of whom are racially or ethnically diverse. The College's International Student Services enables foreign and missionary students to be successful through academic, immigration, and personal guidance in an atmosphere that encourages their adjustment to a new culture.

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Georgian Court University

Georgian Court UniversityGeorgian Court University is a coeducational, church-affiliated liberal arts university in Lakewood, New Jersey—60 miles from both Philadelphia and New York City. Over 2,400 total students (including approximately 1,800 undergraduates) from eight states and 22 countries pursue more than 35 undergraduate degrees, 10 graduate degrees, and a variety of certificate programs. The Global Lions Club hosts a variety of global awareness events each year as well as Global Café talks, where international students and students returning from abroad share food, stories, and experiences from different countries and regions.  

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Hofstra University

Hofstra UniversityHofstra University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution located in Hempstead, New York—25 miles east of New York City. Over 6,000 undergraduates from 45 states and territories and 66 countries choose from approximately 160 programs as well as 100 dual-degree programs through the School of Business, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, and more. The University also features an Office of International Student Affairs, international student advisors, and an on-campus international student orientation.

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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins UniversityJohns Hopkins University is a private four-year university located in a residential area of northern Baltimore, Maryland. Over 5,000 undergraduates from all 50 states and 51 countries study in 50+ majors, 40+ minors, and 29 combined five-year BA/MBA programs. Students benefit from support provided by the Office of International Services and Office of Multicultural Affairs as well as more than 400 student-run organizations, clubs, and activities on campus. 

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Kean University

Kean UniversityKean University is a public coeducational university located in Union, New Jersey—12 miles from New York City. As one of the top five most diverse campuses in the US, Kean offers 50+ undergraduate majors and 70+ graduate degree options to over 16,000 students. The Office of International Student Services provides current and prospective international students assistance in understanding F-1 student visa regulations, the latest immigration news, and workshops and events to assist students in adjusting to life in the United States. 

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Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan CollegeMarymount Manhattan College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in midtown Manhattan, New York. Approximately 2,000 undergraduates—6% of whom are international students—from 48 states and 50 countries are enrolled in 31 majors and 40 minor and pre-professional programs, covering the liberal arts and sciences, business, communications and media arts, and the performing arts. The international office and advisement staff offers on-campus counseling and assistance, and students may qualify for up to $18,000 in international merit scholarships based on GPA and SAT scores.

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New York University

New York UniversityNew York University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian research university with a campus in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York, New York, with additional locations in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. NYU is home to the highest number of international students in the United States, with over 17,000 students and scholars from over 140 different countries. The University offers over 270 areas of study as well as the International Student Center, which builds community among international students with year-round programming and support.  

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New York University Abu Dhabi

New York University Abu DhabiNew York University Abu Dhabi is one of NYU’s 15 international campuses, located in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. This campus blends global academic experiences with a liberal arts, sciences, and engineering curriculum. Over 1,600 undergraduate students from more than 115 countries are enrolled in 25 undergraduate majors and 32 minors in the Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, and Social Science, with numerous options for multidisciplinary minors and specializations. In Abu Dhabi, students can conduct research, volunteer, intern, and travel in the region and throughout NYU’s global network. The University also offers a variety of services, resources, and activities such as the First Year Dialogue Program, an Intercultural Education Program, student conferences, intercollegiate sports, a Baraha (open space) area, and an orientation called Marhaba Week, where students can meet with academic deans, participate in exercises to build intercultural understanding, and transition to the NYUAD community.

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New York University Shanghai

New York University ShanghaiNew York University Shanghai is another one of NYU’s 15 international campuses, located in Shanghai, China. This campus is home to nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 60+ countries who benefit from a low 8:1 student-faculty ratio. Students gain a humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences foundation before pursuing their majors, with a choice of 19 programs in the Arts and Sciences, Business and Finance, Engineering, Data, and Computer Science. China’s financial and commercial capital gives students access to Asia’s top companies, media outlets, and museums for class trips and professional opportunities. The University also offers a variety of resources and activities, including New Student and Diversity Programs to help first-year and study away students find their bearing in the community, student clubs and organizations, student government, volunteer opportunities and service projects, career guidance, visa support, and professional services tailored to support each student’s physical, emotional, and mental health.

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Seton Hall University

Seton Hall UniversitySeton Hall University is a private comprehensive Catholic university in South Orange, New Jersey—14 miles from New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of more than 6,000 students representing all 50 states and 70 countries, the University offers 90 academic programs, plus dual degrees and pre-professional programs. Students also benefit from an ESL program, the Office of International Programs, an International Student Association, the International Student Festival, an international orientation, regular social programming and campus activities, and organized field trips to places like New York City, Philadelphia, and Niagara Falls. 

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Stevenson University

Stevenson UniversityStevenson University is a private coeducational institution in Stevenson, Maryland—northwest of Baltimore and about an hour north of Washington, DC. More than 2,700 traditional undergraduates and 800+ graduate students from 43 states and 15 foreign countries study a variety of majors from Accounting to Theatre & Media Performance. Career preparation resources are offered to all students through Career Services, including career advising, career fairs, on-campus interviews, networking events, graduate school workshops, service learning opportunities, and internships.

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University of Pittsburgh

University of PittsburghThe University of Pittsburgh is a public research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pitt students come from all 50 states, three US territories, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries to pursue 100+ undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates. The Office of International Student Services assists international students with necessary immigration documentation and offers events to help students adjust to life in the United States, connect with the campus community, and explore the city of Pittsburgh.  

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