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10 Most Popular Engineering Schools for International Students

At each of these engineering schools, at least 88 percent of students were from other countries.

Engineering student

Engineering is the second most popular field of study for international students, according to one study.

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International students can study anything from anthropology to floral management at a U.S. university, but many are drawn to engineering. It's the second most popular field of study, ​right after business and management, for undergrad and graduate students from abroad, according to a 2013 report from the Institute of International Education.

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At some graduate engineering ​schools​, international students are the majority of the student body. At the University of Missouri—Kansas City, for example, 95.9 percent of full-time engineering students in fall 2013 were not from the U.S. It had the highest percentage of international students among 192 ranked institutions that submitted data to U.S. News.  ​ 

​The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut topped this list last year, with 94.4 percent of its student body in fall of 2012 coming from outside the U.S. That percentage dropped to 93.3 in fall of 2013, putting it in a tie for the third spot this year.​ Syracuse University, which made the list last year with its fall 2012 data, saw an increase in its percentage of international students – from 87 percent to 87.4 percent in fall 2013​ – but this small jump wasn't enough to keep it in the top 10.

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At the 10 engineering schools with the most international students, 88 percent or more of the student population came from outside the U.S. Lawrence Technological University in Michigan had the lowest percentage of international students among all schools that submitted data: 4.8 percent.

Below is a list of the 10 engineering schools with the highest percentage of full-time international students during fall 2013. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

Engineering school (name) (state) U.S. News graduate engineering school rank Full-time enrollment (fall 2013) Percentage of international students
University of Missouri—Kansas City RNP* 245 95.9
Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis 102 166 95.2
University of Bridgeport (CT) RNP 315 93.3
University of Michigan—Dearborn RNP 255 93.3
Lamar University (TX) RNP 215 91.6
Texas A&M University—Kingsville (Dotterweich) RNP 606 91.4
Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) 71 1,235 90.9
Wichita State University (KS) 116 432 89.6
University of Texas—Dallas (Jonsson) 71 1,608 88.6
University at Buffalo—SUNY 60 1,707 88

*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

Don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Grad School Compass to find salary and student debt data, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed more than 190 schools for our 2013 survey of engineering 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 Engineering 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 data above are correct as of June 17, 2014.