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MBA Programs With the Most International Students

University of California—Riverside had the highest percentage of international business students.


At these 10 business schools, an average of 63 percent of students were international.

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Looking back, many 2013 business school graduates are positive about their decision to go to business school, with 85 percent reporting their education gave them a competitive advantage in the job market, according to a report from the Graduate Management Admission Council

For international students, however, the job outlook was a little less bright. "Foreign students, who often require special work permits and visas, were less likely to have job offers before graduation, particularly in Canada, Latin America, and the United States," according to the report.

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Still, MBA programs continue to build up their international enrollment in hopes of bringing a truly global mindset to their business schools.

At the 10 schools with the most international students in their MBA programs, an average of 63 percent of students came from a foreign country in the fall of 2013, according to data provided to U.S. News by 126 ranked business schools in an annual survey. The overall average, by contrast, is 32 percent. 

At University of California—Riverside's A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, which topped the list, 78 percent of students were international. Last year the school was second on the list, with 74 percent of its students coming from a different country.

At the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, which had the second-highest percentage of international students on the list, 68 percent of students were from outside of the U.S. That's a significant increase from the previous year, when 56 percent of the school's student body was from a foreign country.

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Several of the schools that boast a large percentage of international students are designated as Rank Not Published in the 2015 Best Business Schools rankings. U.S. News calculates a rank for all RNP institutions, but does not publish them. Unranked b-schools, which do not submit enough data for U.S. News to calculate a rank, were not considered for this report.

Below are the 10 business schools with the highest percentage of full-time international students for fall 2013.

Business school (name) (state) Full-time enrollment (fall 2013) Percentage of international students U.S. News b-school rank
University of California—Riverside (Anderson) 182 78.0 RNP
Syracuse University (Whitman) (NY) 75 68.0 79
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally) (NY) 56 67.9 87
Hofstra University (Zarb) (NY) 107  62.6 RNP
University of Delaware (Lerner) 
99 62.6 80
Babson College (Olin) (MA) 426 61.3 65
Clarkson University (NY) 79 60.8 RNP
Purdue University—West Lafayette (Krannert) (IN) 230 57.8 40
Thunderbird School of Global Management (AZ) 353 57.8 85
Bentley University (McCallum) (MA) 169 55.6 96
Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Business School Compass to find enrollment data, average GMAT scores and much more. 

U.S. News surveyed 453 schools for our 2013 survey of business programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News' data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Business Schools rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News' rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools. The international student enrollment data above are correct as of May 27, 2014.