WalletHub published “2017’s Most & Least Educated States” last month. Based on their findings, we raise the following two questions:
- Are the most popular states to international students also the most educated states?
- Is the number of a state’s top schools closely correlated with the state’s ranking in “Most & Least Educated States”?
In order to answer the questions, we used data from 3 sources for our table below:
- “Rank in Most Educated” – from WalletHub
- “Rank in Int’l Students” and “# of Int’l Students”- from The Open Doors Data
- “# of Top Schools”- from Schools’ websites, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review
Note: “Int’l” is the abbreviation for “International”; only the top 42 states are listed in “Rank in Most Educated.”
Most Educated States vs International Students vs Top Schools
(1) The “Rank in Most Educated” is not closely correlated with the “# of Int’l Students” and the “# of Top Schools.”
(2) The “Rank in Int’l Students” is not closely related to the “Rank in Most Educated.”
We have also found that the more top schools a state has, the more international students it attracts. This reveals college rankings do matter to international students’ school selection.