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Best university for an international student.

biopguy34biopguy34 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I am from the UK and I am looking for a college to attend in the US and I was wondering what would be people's recommendations.
I have a few requirements.
- First of all it can not be too impossibly hard to get into
- Second it has to grant financial aid to international students (as many do)
- Third it has to be test flexible on the SAT/ACT
- And finally I am very politically involved back home and while in the UK I am a left leaning centrist by American standards I probably make Bernie Sanders look like an ultra- right wing Conservative so nowhere that has a reputation for being too conservative.

Replies to: Best university for an international student.

  • justdreamingjustdreaming Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Fortunately for you, most US universities lean liberal. It would be easier to find schools if I knew your gcses, grades, and extracurriculars (though I'll be honest, I'm not entirely sure how the U.K. school system works). I have a few suggestions though. All these schools are on this list: https://lendedu.com/blog/international-students-financial-aid-study
    Also, all these schools are going to be very liberal and they will be test optional

    -In Connecticut
    -3,000 students
    -Very liberal (more so than others on this list)
    -However, admissions have become very competitive. 18% acceptance rate last year.

    -New York
    -37% acceptance rate

    Bates College
    -1,800 students
    -23% acceptance rate

    Pitzer College
    -Really low acceptance rate (13%) but meets all your requirements
    -Southern California
    -Part of the Claremont consortium (look it up)
    -1,000 students

    Connecticut College
    -38% acceptance rate
    -1,900 students

    -67% acceptance rate
    -600 students

    Bard College
    -45% acceptance rate
    -2,000 students
    -New York

    Franklin and Marshall
    -39% acceptance rate
    -2,200 students

    -36% acceptance rate
    -2,000 students
    -St. Paul, Minnesota

    Please note, most of these schools are very hard to get into. I saw a lot of other schools on that list that I think you might like. You will notice that these schools are small. This is because smaller schools generally place less emphasis on test scores. These schools are all defined as test optional but you should do research into what they require U.K. students to submit. Let me know if you have any questions about the US college system, let me know and I would be happy to answer them.
  • tk21769tk21769 Registered User Posts: 10,613 Senior Member
    In addition to the schools @justdreaming listed, I suggest you also check out the following:

    Kenyon College
    - Ohio
    - 1,711 students
    - 24% acceptance rate

    Colby College
    - Maine
    - 1,857 students
    - 23% acceptance rate
    - "test flexible"

    Colorado College
    - Colorado
    - 2,131 students
    - 17% acceptance rate
    - "test flexible"

    These are among the top 50 schools by financial aid award amounts for international students.
    They claim to cover 100% of demonstrated financial need for enrolled students.
    They aren't quite as selective as some of the other top 50 (although their admit rates still are rather low)
    They don't have reputations for being too conservative.

    In case your actual need is much greater than your "demonstrated" need, you might get a lower net cost from a less selective school on the following list:
    (Note, however, that international students may not qualify for merit scholarships at some of the listed schools.)
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