The Midwest comprises states such Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota. In terms of internationally ranked institutions, universities such as Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and Purdue University can all be found in the Midwest.
For international students looking at applying to this region, it offers a number of benefits.
Lower living costs
Cities in states such as Missouri and Ohio were listed as cities with a lower cost of living in a 2015 study conducted by Forbes, meaning that students’ can expect their budgets to go further.
A high international student population
States such as Illinois, Michigan and Ohio reported some of the highest numbers of international students in 2016-17 according to the Institute for International Education. For example, Ohio was home to 38,000 international students. So, despite concerns that some students may have about studying in the US after the election of a certain Donald Trump, it’s important to remember that this country is still very welcoming to students from abroad!
The Midwest also has a rich history and culture. There’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio), the birthplace of Motown (Detroit, Michigan), The Great Lakes, and the infamous Mount Rushmore (South Dakota).
Finally, it’s worth noting that Midwest universities are worth looking at for your students who are into sport (Nebraska is the spiritual home of baseball) and music (the Midwest is the home of rock n roll, jazz and blues).