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10 American Universities Offering Full-Ride Scholarships to International Undergraduate Students

The United States of America remains a popular destination for international students to gain a tertiary education as it provides quality education and an array of promising career opportunities upon graduation. 

But even with these wonderful reasons, it is a well known fact that obtaining an American education is quite expensive and this has caused many a student to give up on the American dream as the attendance costs keep rising from year to year and show no attempt at slowing down.

If you are at this time, looking to study in the United States but have limited resources at your disposal, look no further as we have compiled a number of universities and colleges that offer full-ride scholarships that cover tuition, fees, accommodation and feeding for the entire four years of undergraduate study.


Centre College
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Centre College is located in the small town of Danville, Kentucky and its curriculum is designed with a focus on providing its students with a personal education that is tailor fit and deeply engaging.  The college offers a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education that prepares students to succeed and adapt in an ever-changing world. Courses on offer range from Psychology to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

Centre College offers the Lincoln Scholars Program which is open to international students, as well as domestic students and this award covers the full cost of undergraduate study as well as three fully funded summer enrichment experiences.

You can find all the scholarship details on the Lincoln Scholars Program here.


Indiana University-Bloomington
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Bloomington is known as a haven of blooms due to the multitude of trees that dot its landscape and hence Indiana University-Bloomington is a popular school choice for students with an eye for aesthetics. The campus of Indiana University Bloomington boasts of an abundance of green space and historic buildings dating to the university's reconstruction in the late nineteenth century. If that wasn’t appealing enough, it has a stream flowing through the center of campus called the "Campus River".

In educational capacity, it has very impressive stats with a classification among R1: Doctoral Universities of “Very high research activity" for its commitment to research and innovation. The university has a number of research centers and institutes that focus on areas such as cybersecurity, environmental science, and global health. IUB is also particularly known for its strong academic programs, including the Kelley School of Business, the Jacobs School of Music, and the Maurer School of Law.

Its Wells Scholars Program offers up to 22 undergraduates the opportunity to study at IUB cost-free and also provides support for overseas study. 

You can find all the scholarship details on the Wells Scholars Program here.


Davidson College
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Davidson College is a private liberal arts college located in the small suburban town of Davidson, North Carolina and is one of the oldest colleges in the United States. It is notoriously ranked as one of America’s selective colleges and has established a strong reputation for its academic excellence, rigorous curriculum and extremely competitive admissions.  

Davidson College offers 37 majors and 39 minors in liberal arts disciplines as well as other interdisciplinary academic programs ranging from Anthropology to Data Science.
Davidson has a strong commitment to sustainability and has a number of interesting sustainability initiatives including a student-led composting program, a bike-sharing program, and an organic farm that provides produce for the campus dining hall.

Its John Montgomery Belk Scholarship is one of the most generous undergraduate scholarships in the United States and provides comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room and board) plus special study stipends that allow great flexibility in available on- and off-campus opportunities. 

You can find all the scholarship details on the John Belk Scholarship here.


Duke University and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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These two Universities offer the Robertson Scholars Program which provides a full ride scholarship package for selected freshmen leaders from all over the world. This Program is particularly exciting as Robertson Scholars participate in a semester of Campus Switch where they live at the sister institution for one semester thus fostering a bond between both institutions.

Even though both Duke and UNC Chapel Hill are located in North Carolina and are highly ranked Universities, they are some slight differences worth knowing; 
- Duke is a private university, while UNC Chapel Hill is a  public university.
- Duke is more selective and competitive than UNC Chapel Hill, with a lower acceptance rate.
- Duke is more expensive than UNC Chapel Hill, especially for international students.
- Duke has a smaller student population than UNC Chapel Hill.
- Duke has a higher percentage of international students than UNC Chapel Hill. Duke also has a more diverse racial composition than UNC Chapel Hill. 

You can find more detailed information on the Robertson Scholars Program here.


University of Puget Sound
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The University of Puget Sound is located in the very vibrant city of Tacoma, Washington, where you will be treated to live music, delectable cuisine from around the world, museums, and much more. The campus is also close to nature, with views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, which it is named after. 
It has a small student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 which all international students appreciate as it provides a greater opportunity to interact with teachers on a more individual basis and better understand your course of study.

Also, its reputation for educational excellence among the top liberal arts colleges in the country has been well documented by various publications. 

University of Puget Sound provides its topmost performing students with the Lillis Scholarship which covers all cost of undergraduate study for four years and ensures that every recipient graduates debt-free.

You can find more detailed information on the Lillis Scholarship here.


Rollins College
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Rollins College is located in the beautiful city of Winter Park, Florida which is home to an array of attractions such as:
- The Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre botanical oasis that features a variety of plants, flowers, and trees from around the world.
- The Winter Park Chain of Lakes, a series of interconnected lakes that offer stunning views of nature and architecture.
- Cornell Fine Arts Museum, which features a diverse collection of art from ancient to contemporary times.

Rollins College itself has been ranked as the No. 1 regional university in the South by U.S. News & World Report for six consecutive years and has one of the best business schools in the nation, the Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Its teaching style is also very personalized as it has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, meaning that students can interact closely with their professors and peers. Rollins is also well-known for having a very diverse student body as more than 40% of the student body identify as either students of color or international students.

Rollins provides a comprehensive full ride scholarship package by virtue of its Alfond Scholars Programs which awards 10 students including international students, an undergraduate degree cost-free.

You can find more detailed information on the Alfond Scholars Program here.


Miami University
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Miami University is one of a handful of public universities that offer full-ride scholarships to international students for the entirety of their study. Known for its academic excellence and professional preparation, Miami University has a notable alumni network that spans sports to entertainment to politics and the following are just to name but a few; Enrique Iglesias, Nick Lachey and Paul Ryan.

Miami University boasts of over 200 undergraduate courses in various fields available at its campus and you will be hard pressed not to find some sort of variation of your preferred course of study. Courses on offer include Accountancy, Kinesiology, Anthropology, Computer Science & Software Engineering, Geography e.t.c.

Its Presidential Fellows Program provides international students not only a full-ride scholarship but also a tailor-fit undergraduate pathway where they are trained to be thought leaders and effective managers.

You can find more detailed information on the Miami Presidential Fellows Program here.


McDaniel College
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McDaniel College is a private college located in the city of Westminster, Maryland and it has close proximity to the cities of Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia which is a major draw for international students looking to experience a bit of the US city life. 

Mcdaniel College is renowned for its unwavering commitment to providing a personalized, practical learning experience and thus, every admitted student is guaranteed at least two experiential learning opportunities, which could include an internship or student-faculty research, as well as study abroad or independent study. McDaniel has a much smaller course offering than the other universities on our list and is hence, more suited for students in the sciences.

McDaniel College established the Dorsey Scholarship Program to reward exceptional freshmen students who demonstrate tremendous potential for leadership. Along with a full-ride scholarship, all Dorsey Scholars can expect to embark on an exciting trip to McDaniel College Europe in Budapest.

You can find more detailed information on the Dorsey Scholarship Program at McDaniel College here.


Tulane University
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Tulane University is situated in the cultural city of New Orleans and prospective students can expect to enjoy the music, food, art, and festivals of the colourful city, as well as explore its history, architecture, and natural beauty. As regards its educational system, Tulane is a University of great renown in the United States and the world at large. 

Its teaching staff is touted as one of the most supportive in the entire country and its expansive alumni network will ensure that you have ready support as you navigate your career path upon graduation.
Tulane has one of the most diverse course offerings you can expect in a University and boasts a course selection of over 200.

Tulane in partnership with the Stamps Foundation provides the Stamps Scholarship that covers every direct cost of undergraduate study for four years and also gives recipients the opportunity to explore study abroad or research endeavors.

You can find more detailed information on the Tulane Stamps Scholarship Program here.


Barry University
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Barry University is a Catholic university based in Miami, Florida and it offers 100 degree programs within the arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences, human performance and leisure sciences, law, medicine and social work. Barry is also known for its iPad-powered learning, which provides better engagement with interactive lessons and tools to connect with classmates and professors.

The campus of Barry University is breathtakingly beautiful and has an abundance of palm trees spotting its lush lawns, offering shade from the warm sun of Miami.

Barry is a proud partner of the Stamps Foundation and offers full-ride scholarships to select students including international students.

You can find more detailed information on the Barry Stamps Scholarship Program here.

We can't end this article without stating categorically that successful recipients of the above scholarships are typically in the top 1% of incoming undergraduate applicants and so your academic records will have to be exceptional especially if you schooled outside the US.


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