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The United States is known for the quality of education it provides, having the world's finest university systems and outstanding curriculum and programs for practically almost all fields. This is basically the reason why many students from other countries are drawn to study in the US, despite the cost of education and other political issues.

Studying in the US offers many benefits to international students including the excellent academic programs, career-minded learning opportunities, specialized resources and advanced level English language programs, VOA News reported.

So for foreign students who want to explore their options when it comes to choosing the best colleges and universities for them, here is the ranking of the best US schools according to USA Today College.

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1. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - NEW YORK CITY

Columbia University, the biggest university in New York City, offers its students many opportunities for success and learning through student groups and advisory board that takes care of the international students' needs and concerns.

2. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES

The University of California is located in the heart of Los Angeles and is excellent for international students because of its highly diverse student population.

3. CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY - PITTSBURGH

Carnegie Mellon has the number 3 spot for the best college for international students because of its focus on diversity and foreign students.

4. CORNELL UNIVERSITY - ITHACA, N.Y.

Cornell University also has a highly diverse student population, and is very accommodating and welcoming to international students. Most of these students take majors in electrical engineering, business administration and interdisciplinary studies.

5. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - PHILADELPHIA

The University of Philadelphia has a lot of foreign students from more than 100 countries all over the world. And despite its affordable tuition at below $50,000 per year, the university is popular for its high quality education.

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