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7 best cities for higher education in the US

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As you are aware that the United States of America has been the world's most sought after destination for education. It is most impressive to know individual cities in the US have progressed as hot-spots for higher education.

United States is a very friendly place to study and the country houses a large number of international students.

Here we give you a list of top 7 cities that we think are best for higher education. The cities are considered in terms of university rankings, student population, quality and cost of living.

Boston

Boston is the 21st largest city in the US and is the capital of the state of Massachusetts. After the American Revolution, the city is has now become a center for education and culture. It is considered as a leader in innovation for education.

There are a number of reasons for this city to be ranked as one of the top cities for education, they are as mentioned below:

University rankings

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • Boston University

Student population

  • This category is based on the student community, student population, number of international students, and international ratio.
  • Boston houses some of the top universities and that makes it one of the most preferred cities by international students.

Quality and Cost of living

  • The cost of living in Boston is not low.
  • The city offers high quality of living.
  • The city can be chosen for overseas education as the top universities offer financial aid packages.

San Francisco

It is a consolidated city of the state of California and is a popular tourist destination. It is also a primary banking and finance center. Over the years, San Francisco has emerged as city with high standard of living and is among the top destinations for higher education.

University rankings

  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of San Francisco

Student population

  • San Francisco is one the US's most iconic and frequently visited cities by international students.
  • As the city is home to some of the top business and engineering schools, it attracts students from all over the world.

Quality and Cost of living

  • San Francisco has the second highest quality of living in the US.
  • The cost of living in the city is quite affordable and is comparably lower than cities like New York.
  • The university fees are quite high, yet it is considered to be one of the best cities for international students in USA.

New York

New York is the most populous city in the USA. It is known as a center for culture and finance. This city attracts more foreign visitors than any other city in the US. It is also the largest entranceway for immigration to the USA.

University rankings

  • Columbia University
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Yeshiva University

Student population

  • New York is home to 10 internationally ranked universities.
  • It is a hotspot for international students who seek their education overseas.

Quality and Cost of living

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the cost of living in New York is relatively high.
  • Overal, study options are generally expensive in NY.

Chicago

Chicago is nicknamed as the second city. This city is known for its rich culture and for its contribution in the field of music, film, novels, visual arts and theater. It is also a hub for technology, telecommunications, finance, commerce, transportation and industry.

University rankings

  • University of Chicago
  • North-western University
  • University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)

Student population

  • The city, being rich in every aspect, attracts a large student crowd from all over the world.
  • Chicago's waterfront attraction, tradition of fine art, night life are some of the factors which attract international students. It is home to some well-known artist of the world. The city receives students from different backgrounds.

Quality and Cost of living

  • Chicago is a very affordable city as compared to other cities in the US.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a global city with assets in fields of education, entertainment, business, science, technology, research, medicine, international trade, fashion, media and sports. The city is nicknamed as the 'City of Angels' and it also called as the 'creative capital of the world'.

University rankings

  • University of California
  • Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California

Student population

  • 3 universities located within the city limits and a wide range of community and private colleges to choose, gives it a decent position in quality of education.
  • The top universities in Los Angeles play a huge role in attracting international students.
  • It is a center for education, entertainment, business science, technology, international trade and other aspects; the city is welcoming to international students.
  • The city is disposed to students looking for quality education with a wide range of options of esteemed colleges and institutions.

Quality and Cost of living

  • Los Angeles, in the 1990s was not considered among the safest cities to live in. But at present, the crime rate in the city has decreased to the record of the lowest in the last 50 years.
  • The city has been focussing on efforts to limit pollution, due to issues like air quality.
  • The quality of living in this city is significantly good.
  • The city also attracts more artists, filmmakers, actors, dancers and writers than any other city.
  • The city offers top class of living, yet it is very affordable with low university fees.

Washington DC

The city was founded in 1761 and is the capital of the United States. The city houses all three branches of the federal government of the country.

The city is also home to some magnificent buildings like the White House, the Washington National Cathedral, the Lincoln Memorial, the United States Capitol and the Vietnam Veterans memorial among others.

University rankings

  • University of Maryland
  • College Park
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University

Student population

  • The city boasts of five prestigious universities based in or located close to the city.
  • The city is frequented by many international students to study their course of choice.
  • It is the national center for arts and has a number of museums, libraries and galleries that will keep students entertained, so the city observes a good mix of students coming to study.
  • It is the blend of politics, culture and literature which makes the city an ideal option for students and one of the best cities for higher education.

Quality and Cost of living

  • Washington DC, being the capital city has a very good quality of living and is also an expensive city to live.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia is famous for its culture, arts and cuisine. The Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. The city has more outdoor frescos and sculptures than any other city in the US. It is the 7th largest metropolitan economy in the country. It is also center of economic activity in Pennsylvania.

University rankings

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Drexel University
  • Temple University

Student population

  • The city houses 3 major research universities and also has many public and private institutions.
  • These options make it one of the best student cities in the US.
  • The city is popularly known for its welcoming nature.
  • It is a very friendly city and has a good student mix.

Quality and Cost of living

  • The union of all amenities in the city makes the quality of living high in the city.
  • The city is quite an expensive place to live in.
  • The universities in the city have the benefit of huge number of scholarships and awards making a popular destination for overseas education.

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