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10 US MBA Programs Where International Students are the Majority


When it comes to earning an MBA, students from across the globe have their sights set on the U.S.

In fact, more than half of prospective MBA students from around the world want to study outside of their home country, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council. Among them, the U.S. is a top choice, with 66 percent hoping to gain admission to an American institution.

These 10 business schools should give those U.S.-bound students plenty of company. At these 10 schools, an average 63 percent of 2014 MBA-seekers arrived from other countries. That's compared with an average 33 percent among all 126 ranked schools reporting that figure to U.S. News.

Three-quarters of the 156-person student body at the University of California—Riverside were from outside the U.S. – the most of any school reporting data. Syracuse University was close behind, with nearly 70 percent of its 2014 MBA students hailing from beyond the border.

Interestingly, U.S. students were the least likely to crave an international MBA, with just 5 percent dreaming of pursuing a business degree abroad, according to GMAC.

The following business schools had the highest percentage of full-time international students for fall 2014. Schools designated by U.S. News as Unranked were excluded from this list. U.S. News did not calculate numerical ranks for Unranked programs because they did not meet certain criteria that U.S. News requires.

Business school (name) (state) Full-time enrollment (fall 2014) Percentage of international students U.S. News b-school rank
University of California—Riverside (Anderson) 156 75% RNP*
Syracuse University (Whitman) (NY) 73 69.9% 90
Thunderbird School of Global Management (AZ) 283 67.1% 91 (tie)
Hofstra University (Zarb) (NY) 80 66.3% RNP
Babson College (Olin) (MA) 378 65.1% 62
University of Delaware (Lerner) 117 61.5% RNP
Bentley University (McCallum) (MA) 154 59.1% RNP
University of California—San Diego (Rady) 102 54.9% 63 (tie)
University of Connecticut 75 54.7% 48 (tie)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally) (NY) 24 54.2% RNP