International Counselors rankings of Top colleges of international students who need money

Based on Doug Thompson’s work at OACAC, I have tabluated the top schools for international student financial aid. First by straight pot of money:

The top 20 based on overall money

Rank College Total Awarded
1 Harvard College $20,529,414
2 Mount Holyoke College $13,682,904
3 Yale University $12,888,572
4 Princeton University $11,828,906
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $9,433,000
6 University of Pennsylvania $9,036,708
7 University of Southern California $6,960,670
8 Middlebury College $6,873,412
9 Stanford University $6,508,740
10 Columbia University $6,506,466
11 Dartmouth College $6,284,139
12 Brown University $6,182,006
13 St. John’s University $6,012,468
14 Vassar College $5,602,891
15 Williams College $5,522,341
16 Oberlin College $5,046,525
17 St. Lawrence University $4,985,370
18 Macalester College $4,901,820
19 Wellesley College $4,876,345
20 Bard College $4,752,462

But that list only tells a part of the story. Places like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Middlebury and Dartmouth are need blind to international students. I wondered how schools came out when we factor in

a) number of students aided vs number of students enrolled

b) amount awarded vs cost of attendence

Both numbers could paint a different picture. And thus we have the aid co-efficient. The higher the coefficient allows a college rise in the ranks. A college funding one hundred percent of their students one hundred percent of the tuition will do better than a college that funds 100 percent of their students only 50%.

The weighted rankings for International Student financial aid.

Rank College Name Aid coefficient
1 Berea College 0.946921379
2 College of the Atlantic 0.902114517
3 St. Lawrence University 0.868528333
4 Connecticut College 0.863729285
5 Kenyon College 0.857531466
6 Williams College 0.836216603
7 Vassar College 0.807271347
8 Mount Holyoke College 0.766557918
9 Bates College 0.730110729
10 Colby College 0.729007761
11 Washington & Lee University 0.704377077
12 Gettysburg College 0.699410633
13 University of the Ozarks 0.698962361
14 Providence College 0.691316955
15 Whitman College 0.681355195
16 Wabash College 0.675686275
17 Harvard College 0.674119429
18 Hamilton College 0.663822096
19 Dickinson College 0.644178134
20 University of Richmond 0.641383772

Now what is interesting is that many of teh big guns drop off.

Berea comes out on top because

“Berea College is the only school in the United States that provides 100% funding to 100% of enrolled international students for the first year of enrollment. This combination of financial aid and scholarships offsets the costs of tuition, room, board, and fees.”

You can download the financial aid spreadsheets or PDFs at OACAC’s website.