With so many great cities and universities in the US, how does an international student decide where to go? While cities like Boston, Philadelphia and New York are well-known for their universities, there are other cities around the US that are gaining influence and popularity.
The Milken Institute published their 2016 report of the US’s Best Performing Cities. Cities are evaluated on their economic growth and potential including factors such as job opportunities, salary growth and technological advancement. Luckily, Stafford House has University Pathways partners located in or near the top cities. We work very closely with our university and college partners, and they know we do a great job preparing our students for the academic environment.. At Stafford House, students are guaranteed a seamless and stress free college application experience.
San Jose, CA – Ranking #1: This marks San Jose’s second year on top of the rankings. The report praises the wage growth and the creation of high-paying technology jobs. Its location in Silicon Valley makes it a great place for technology-inclined students and professionals. Stafford House’s partner De Anza College is located nearby in Cupertino, the home of technology giant Apple Inc. De Anza is a community college that consistently transfers more students to the Cal State and University of California systems than any other in the state. De Anza is an ideal choice for our students planning to study technology and want exposure to Silicon Valley.
San Francisco, CA – Ranking #4: San Francisco is always a favorite with international students. The report highlights the great startup climate in the city. If an English student likes the idea of studying in a highly entrepreneurial environment, San Francisco is the perfect choice. Notre Dame de Namur University is one of our newest partners. Located in nearby Belmont, their undergraduate business and MBA programs can jumpstart an entrepreneurship adventure.
Dallas, TX – Ranking #5: Dallas once again proves to be an economic power house in one of the largest and fastest growing states in the country. The report praises Dallas’s growing banking industry, with nearly 10% of private-sector jobs in the finance industry. Just outside Dallas, in Denton, sits the University of North Texas (UNT). Offering a great opportunity for international students to get into this popular and prestigious school, our partner ONCAMPUS Texas is perfectly positioned to get our students on the road to their career. Offering unmatched support, with guaranteed admission to UNT for students who do well in the program, ONCAMPUS can help students achieve their dream of studying in this financial powerhouse.
Nashville, TN – Ranking #7: Long revered as a hub for music and entertainment, Nashville has come into its own. Massive job growth in a short period of time has made Nashville a popular choice for expanding businesses. While a variety of industries are booming in Nashville, auto and transportation manufacturing have contributed enormously to the city’s success. Tennessee Tech University is located within easy driving distance of the city, and specializes in the kinds of engineering and management programs that are in demand in the region. Students interested in studying in an area rich in manufacturing will enjoy Nashville.
Orlando, FL – Ranking #9: The home of American institutions like Disney and Universal Studios isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Instead, the area’s amusement and entertainment industries continue to grow the local economy. If you want to enter these exciting fields, a student can’t do better than Full Sail University in nearby Winter Park. Full Sail is one of the most respected names in the entertainment industry, and graduates have gone on to become leaders in film, TV, music, video games, and live event entertainment. Full Sail features a creative campus with practical experience and state-of-the-art facilities.
Seattle, WA – Ranking #10: Seattle’s position as a leader in computing, data, and artificial intelligence is reflected in the fact that Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft are among the city’s largest employers. With great programs like Data Recovery and Cyber Security, Highline College in Des Moines, WA can get students started on a path to success. Highline is a community college, giving students a chance to save money on the first two years of a Bachelor’s program. After two years at Highline, students can utilize their Transfer Center to complete a degree at a top-ranked national university like University of Washington.
Oakland, CA – Ranking #18: As the Bay Area’s third entry in the top 25, Oakland continues the high tech reputation of the region. As San Francisco-based tech companies expand to the East Bay, Oakland is benefitting from new jobs and rising wages. Lincoln University is a small institution focused on business that can give students the kinds of skills that are in demand in a growth-oriented market like Oakland.
Atlanta, GA – Ranking #21: Atlanta offers a diverse and growing economy, great educational opportunities, and increasing salaries, all with a classic Southern charm. There are opportunities in Atlanta for transportation, healthcare, technology, and natural resources among many others. For a classic liberal arts education in a diverse and thriving city, look no further than Oglethorpe University. Oglethorpe’s A_Lab program connects students with the local business community in Atlanta to give students practical experience to bring with them into the workforce.