Each of these U.S. universities accepted 80% to nearly 100% of international applicants for fall 2020.
It’s easier for prospective international students to gain admission to some U.S. colleges than others. Among the 117 ranked National Universities that received at least 500 international applicants and reported this data to U.S. News, the average acceptance rate for international students was 43.8% for fall 2020. But at some institutions, the acceptance rate was significantly higher, 99.85% in one case. For prospective international students interested in studying in the U.S. and curious about where they might have a good chance of getting in, here are the 13 ranked National Universities – institutions that are often research-oriented and offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees – including ties, with the highest acceptance rates for international undergraduate applicants.
In January, the Biden administration announced new policies
aimed at attracting to the U.S. international graduates and
professionals who specialize in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM). These changes are part of Biden’s efforts “to
strengthen [the U.S.] economy and technological competitiveness.” New
initiatives include but are not limited to:
Expansion of the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program
to include 22 new fields of study. The program permits F-1 students
earning Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorates in certain STEM fields to
remain in the United States for up to 36 months to complete Optional
Practical Training after earning their degrees. The newly added fields
Bioenergy; Forestry, General; Forest Resources Production and Management; Human Centered Technology Design; Cloud Computing; Anthrozoology; Climate Science; Earth Systems Science; Economics and Computer Science; Environmental Geosciences; Geobiology; Geography and Environmental Studies; Mathematical Economics; Mathematics and Atmospheric/Oceanic Science; Data Science, General; Data Analytics, General; Business Analytics; Data Visualization; Financial Analytics; Data Analytics, Other; Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Social Sciences, Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods.
On February 7th, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act, intended to boost U.S. global competitiveness. The Act contains two major immigration reforms: (1) a new W visa category for startups would be available to foreign entrepreneurs and, (2) a direct path to permanent residence for immigrants who earn a Ph.D. in a STEM field in the U.S.
Please note this is proposed, not final, legislation. While these reforms are compelling, the Bill still needs to pass in the Senate, which is expected to be challenging.
Despite significant changes in technology and media in our daily lives over the last 20 to 30 years, the humble one- or two-page résumé has remained a remarkably consistent tool in the job application process. You can read more about the history of the résumé here. Tools like LinkedIn have certainly brought the résumé to the digital age, but despite some of its additional media features, most people’s profiles are still based on a text-heavy summary of skills and experiences. MORE
In the middle of the 20th century, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers at Harvard began work that would lay the foundations for a new field of study, the applications of which would change the world in ways unimaginable at the time. These pioneering computer scientists helped develop the theory and technology that would usher in the digital age.
Harvard is once again taking a leading role in a scientific and technological revolution — this time in the field of quantum science and engineering. Today, the University launched one of the world’s first Ph.D. programs in the subject, providing the foundational education for the next generation of innovators and leaders who will transform quantum science and engineering into next-level systems, devices, and applications. MORE
Sanako’s next Webinar provides examples of how
language teachers can utilize technology to prepare students for oral
About this Event
In this webinar, you’ll hear from Florian Busch, a language teacher
who will share his insights on how online language learning tools have
helped his institution prepare students for formal oral examinations. He
will also highlight the role that bespoke individual online learning
plans play in that success.
When: Thursday, 29th April 2021 at 19.00 (EET)
Specifically designed to help educators and institutions to save significant amounts of time and energy, the webinar will demonstrate how online tools can transform your approach to oral language assessment. We’ll also show how voice recording and online feedback loops can be easily deployed to engage and motivate students. MORE
agency hires for a range of technical, managerial, and operational
roles to further U.S. interests overseas while tackling global
challenges, such as poverty, disease, and climate change, in low- and
middle-income countries. USAID staff work with U.S. and foreign partners
to provide assistance in the areas of global health, global stability,
humanitarian assistance, innovation and partnerships, and women and
USAID’s workforce is made up of direct-hire and contract employees based in the U.S. and in field missions around the world. Staff fall under three major categories: civil service employees, foreign service officers, and foreign service nationals. MORE
Amazon, Zoom and others
swoop in with job offers as some of the biggest traditional hirers of
business-school graduates pull back
Tech companies whose businesses have surged during the pandemic—like
Amazon . com Inc. and Zoom Video Communications Inc. —are snagging
more of the M.B.A. talent entering the workforce, helping to offset
pullbacks by industries harder hit by the Covid-19 economy.
Openings for tech positions rose at 57% of full-time Masters
of Business Administration programs this past fall, according to a
survey of nearly 100 schools by industry group MBA Career Services &
Employer Alliance. Overall, though, it has been a lackluster recruiting
season at business schools, the survey found, as nearly half reported
an overall decline in opportunities for students.
Sectors hit hardest by the pandemic, such as retail and
energy, have pulled back their M.B.A. recruiting, according to the
report. That is especially the case for companies in the hospitality
industry, which 61% of business schools said have cut back job
Nearly half the schools also reported a decline in recruiting from consulting firms—traditionally some of the biggest hirers of M.B.A. graduates every year. Several of those firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Bain & Co., said last year that they planned to make fewer hires among second-year M.B.A. candidates, beyond those who interned in the summer. MORE
Going to grad school is expensive: more than half of master’s degree
students leave school with an average student loan balance of $66,000,
according to federal statistics.
Sure, getting your master’s degree can pave the
way to a bump in your pay, but a higher salary won’t give you more
spending power if you’re also paying down tons of debt. On the other
hand, a large debt load isn’t as crushing if you’re earning six figures.
Experts often suggest that for student debt payments to be affordable,
they need to be below about 10% to 15% of your monthly income. That’s
why it’s smart to look at both the typical debt and salary of students
graduating from a particular program to determine whether it’ll pay off.
To help with your research, Money analyzed the average student debt and earnings from graduates of over 200 master’s degrees at more than 1,500 colleges, to see which ones have the best early return on investment. For more details on how we got these results, check out the methodology at the end.
1. Electrical Engineering
Average debt: $25,762
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $98,880
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 3.2%
This degree snags the top spot with a
debt-to-income ratio that is lower than nearly every other program in
the dataset. With a master’s in electrical or electronics engineering,
you can specialize in communication systems, power systems, and
renewable energy. A graduate degree can also help you move toward
management roles in the field. Graduates are in high demand in growing
industries, including energy and technology.
2. Mechanical Engineering
Average debt: $30,611
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $83,705
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 4.4%
If designing and building machinery is something
you dream about, then a master’s in mechanical engineering could be a
solid fit for you — even if you studied another field as an undergrad.
Although a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is preferred,
most schools will allow other disciplines that require heavy math and
science courses to apply for this track, including physics and aerospace
majors. Mechanical engineers can specialize in areas as wide-ranging as
robotics, auto research, and heating and cooling systems.
Average debt: $29,000
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $76,806
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 4.7%
This program is just what it sounds like: you’ll
learn the ins and outs of state, federal, corporate, and individual tax
regulations. But that doesn’t mean your career prospects will be limited
to tax prep or auditing. This degree also serves as training for roles
like a financial manager, certified public accountant (CPA) or chief
financial officer — all of which have a high earning potential.
4. Civil Engineering
Average debt: $29,643
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $73,650
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 4.9%
Civil engineers have been around since ancient
times (Roman aqueducts, anyone?) and are responsible for some of the
world’s most recognizable structures, like the Eiffel Tower and the
Golden Gate Bridge. But the field is anything but antiquated. Newer
specializations, like intelligent systems engineering, involve designing
eco-friendly and technology-powered structures and systems. Regardless
of your specialty, a master’s degree in civil engineering can increase
your earnings by almost $14,000 a year over a bachelor’s degree,
according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
5. Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Average debt: $40,426
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $87,924
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 5.9%
Calling all numbers nerds: This degree will
prepare you to collect, analyze and manage data to help businesses and
organizations solve problems. You’ll be able to work as an actuary,
financial analyst, insurance underwriter, or as a statistician, which is
one of the fastest-growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
6. Clinical Nursing/Nursing Administration
Average debt: $49,052
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $99,358
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 6.1%
Nursing is one of those fields where you really don’t need to
go to grad school. A bachelor’s degree will net you job security and a
solid salary. But if you want to teach nursing, work as a nurse
administrator or practice in a specialized field like anesthesiology or
pediatrics, then a master’s is a must. Besides having one of the highest
salaries on our list, nurses are also in extremely high demand. So much
so that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the profession will experience a 45% growth over the next eight years.
7. Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Average debt: $36,408
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $76,534
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 6.3%
Bioethics is an interdisciplinary field that
combines combines tenets of medicine, law, philosophy and sociology. The
goal is to train people to, for example, advise on the design of
clinical trials to ensure they’re ethical. Day-to-day tasks include
heavy research, interviewing and writing. Although it’s a relatively
small field, it is a growing profession. You’ll be able to work in a
variety of settings, including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies,
universities and government agencies.
Average debt: $31,273
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $60,140
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 6.6%
There’s a longstanding (and maybe now, cliched) line of jokes about accountants being boring.
But with solid career prospects and above-average salaries, maybe it’s
the accountants who are getting the last laugh. A master’s degree in the
field can prep you to become a CPA, as well as the lesser-known
certified management accountant. You can even work in fields that sound
the opposite of boring, like forensic accounting or fraud examination.
9. Business Administration and Business/Commerce
Average debt: $38,673 – $38,731
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $69,384 – $77,164
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 6.6% – 7.2%
If you’re looking for a degree that’s flexible
and can help you set foot in almost any industry — look no further. With
a master’s degree in business administration or business and commerce,
which we’ve combined into a single entry here, you can specialize in
multiple areas, including marketing, supply chain management and
finance. You can also work in fields as wide-ranging as health care or
fashion. With so many paths to choose from, it should be no surprise
that business is one of the most common graduate degree programs.
10. Computer Sciences and Information Technology Administration Management
Average debt: $41,597 – $50,318
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $77,636 – $84,437
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 7% – 7.4%
A greater emphasis on cloud computing, data
collection and storage, and information security is going to drive
serious demand for people with training in this area. In fact, the
Bureau of Labor Statistics reports
that job openings for computer science and IT management, which we’ve
combined into a single listing here, will grow by 11% over the next
decade, far above the average pace. The jobs will pay well, too: The
National Association of Colleges and Employers places computer science graduates among the nation’s top earners.
11. Management Information Systems and Services
Average debt: $40,352
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $73,138
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 7%
Not to be confused with our 9th or 10th entries
on the list, this degree is an interdisciplinary program that combines
the principles of both 9 and 10 (that is, computer science with business
and management). Graduates can get jobs in industries like accounting,
finance, real estate, information technology and finance. Common job
titles for this degree include senior technical business analyst,
network administrator and IT infrastructure manager.
12. Homeland Security
Average debt: $37,401
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $64,721
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 7.5%
Are you a logistics wizard? Are you always ready
to step up when others need it? Do you enjoy working under pressure and
in an ever-changing environment? If you answered yes to all of the
following, a degree in homeland security might interest you. The program
preps students for the careers you’d expect: special agent,
intelligence analyst and emergency disaster manager. But there’s also
some more unexpected career paths, like working for the Department of
Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which is the
agency responsible for protecting our native species.
13. Medical Illustration and Informatics
Average debt: $42,379
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $74,903
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 7.5%
If you love both science and doodling, then let
us introduce you to a field you may have never heard of: medical
illustration. Medical illustrators are (among other things) the ones
responsible for creating those detailed sketches you grew up seeing in
science textbooks (flashbacks to the digestive system, anyone?). There’s
not a specific major required to enter this program, but you must have a
few science courses under your belt, plus an art portfolio. Medical
illustrators can work in pharmaceuticals, publishing companies, and
universities, and they can earn salaries as high as $173,000, according
to the Association of Medical Illustrators.
14. Instructional Media Design
Average debt: $30,520
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $52,279
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 7.5%
The pandemic sent online education zooming (pun
intended), but demand for instructional designers with a deep understand
of online learning will persist even after in-person schooling returns.
This program combines graphic design, technology and teaching
principles to improve the way others learn. Teaching experience is often
a pre-requisite for this degree, and after you graduate, you’ll be able
to work as a distance education specialist, course design manager and
instructional design coordinator.
15. Educational Administration and Supervision
Average debt: $31,369
Average salary within two years of leaving school: $53,729
Average monthly debt-to-income ratio: 7.7%
In the unlikely event that your childhood hero was your school’s principal, this program is for you. As an educational administration major, you’ll learn about education law, education budgeting and finance, strategic leadership, and staff management — in short, everything you need to run a school. To apply, you must have a state-issued teacher license, and in most cases, you’ll have to complete several internship or practicum hours to get your degree. MORE
L’Oréal USA today announced the creation of its Inclusive Beauty Fund, a new grant program presented in partnership with the NAACP, the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. Through this inaugural round of funding, L’Oréal
USA will award 30 one-time grants of $10,000 each to Black-owned small
businesses, Black entrepreneurs, and professional services in all
sectors of the U.S. beauty industry.
small businesses in America have been hit the hardest by the economic
fallout of the pandemic and Black-owned businesses are shutting down
twice as fast as others according to NBER, L’Oréal USA teamed up with
the NAACP to identify the most promising Black-owned small businesses
and entrepreneurs in the beauty industry that are most in need of
the leading beauty company in the United States, we believe that we
have a responsibility to invest in the small business owners and
entrepreneurs who are the lifeblood of our dynamic beauty industry. We
are proud to team up with the NAACP to advance our shared mission of
creating a more inclusive and equitable world
during this time of great economic vulnerability for so many. We hope
the Inclusive Beauty Fund will introduce us to entrepreneurs in the
beauty industry that we can build strong relationships with well into
the future,” said Angela Guy, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, L’Oréal USA.
addition to one-time funding, L’Oréal USA is committed to providing
grantees with professional mentorship and business development support
with the participation of top executives from its leading beauty brands
and its professional beauty products distributor, SalonCentric.
The Inclusive Beauty Fund is part of L’Oréal USA’s larger commitment to
support the NAACP’s mission, which will include additional initiatives
to be announced in the future.The
initiative is backed by L’Oréal USA’s newly formed Diversity &
Inclusion Advisory Board, who will work alongside the NAACP, L’Oréal
USA, and SalonCentric leaders
to review and select grant recipients. The Advisory Board, made up of
up over 20 internal and external stakeholders, have come together to
ideate as a collective on efforts to influence and reimagine social and
inclusive strategies that support L’Oréal USA’sDiversity and Inclusion mission to build the standard in making beauty inclusive.
small beauty businesses are the heartbeat of their neighborhoods, and
beauty business owners are navigating tremendous challenges stemming
from the Covid-19 and recent events. The NAACP is proud to partner with
L’Oréal USA to help support these entrepreneurs and ensure the longevity of the services and community their businesses provide,” saidYumeka Rushing, Chief Strategy Officer, NAACP.
How to Apply
for the Inclusive Beauty Fund will be administered by the NAACP in
partnership with Hello Alice, a platform for small business owners to
identify the right path to start and grow their company. Applications
for the financial grants opens today January 29, and proceeds through February 18, 2021. All submissions must be conducted through Hello Alice: https://hialice.co/LOreal-HelloAlice-Grant. The candidates selected to receive the grants will be announced in April of 2021.
Grants are available to new or existing beauty businesses of all kinds, including but not limited to salons, spas, barber shops, stylists, makeup artists, entrepreneurs, startup founders, haircare specialists, and beauty schools. MORE