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Best States to Study in USA

Four Famous states to consider for your Bachelor in the USA

The United States of America is a vast country made up of 50 states and 1000s of different cities. Some of them are so different from each other, you will feel as if you are in a completely different country. It is important to find a study abroad destination that fits you – as becomes your best state to study in USA.

There are, of course, some world-famous destinations that are more well known than others. In this article, we look at four of the most well-known. We weigh up the ‘pros’ (positives) and the ‘cons’ (negatives) and give you some information to help you make up your own mind. 

We give you the universities that rank highly in the QS World University Rankings, but also our recommendations for African students. It is unrealistic to imagine that everyone can go to the very best universities. The universities Seed recommends are always world-class.

Study Abroad in Massachusetts

As home to many of the top universities in the world, Massachusetts is perhaps the most famous state of them all in educational terms. It has played a very important part in American history as well, being where many of the first European settlers arrived. Boston, the state capital, is widely recognized as the leading academic hub in the world. 

Pros 

Wonderful educational institutions- 

There are 114 colleges and universities in Massachusetts, many of them amongst the best in the world such as Harvard and MIT. The largest is Boston University and it has over 30,000 students. The smallest has fewer than 20 and is called Conway School of Landscape Design

Lots of places with visiting

The state is home to some very engaging visitor attractions, including – 

The Freedom Trail – visit the sites where the American Revolution against Great Britain began

Fenway Park – home to the baseball team the Red Sox and one of the few remaining traditional baseball stadiums in the USA

Martha’s Vineyard – An island off the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod. 

Harvard University – even if you don’t make it to study, it is worth a visit!

High Quality of life 

Massachusetts has a growing population as it is such a good place to live. 15% of the state’s approximately 7 million residents were born outside of the USA. It is the state with the highest percentage of the population that has a university degree. 

Cons

Winters are cold, very cold. So make sure you pack a scarf, hat, lots of jumpers, and another hat (just to be on the safe side) 

Everyone is going to assume you are super intelligent when you tell them you studied in Massachusetts – so no pressure there then!

Top Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts:

Harvard University

Boston University

MIT (Massachusetts Institute Of Technology)

Northeastern University

Berklee

Seed recommendation for African Students: Northeastern University. Why? It is the number 1 ranked university in the USA for Co-Ops and Internships – gain valuable professional experience while you study!

Study Abroad in New York

Home to one of the cities that can make a claim to being “Capital of the World ” and the largest in the USA, it is no surprise to find New York state on our list. It is a very popular place to study and every year more than 100,000 students from outside New York State – 75,000 international & 25,000 American – choose to study there.

Pros 

Home to the ‘Cultural Capital’ of the World- 

There are few places on the planet that can claim to be as home to as many cultural activities as New York City. You can find some of the most important art galleries and museums in the world. Eat at the world’s finest restaurants or pick up a slice of pizza in Little Italy. It is also home to the United Nations.

Perhaps you may delight in the shopping opportunities of 5th Avenue or SoHo. Or you may prefer to catch a Broadway show, a Hip-Hop, Punk Rock or Jazz concert, in the city that brought the music forms to the world. Many international students delight in taking selfies at the multiple locations we all know so well from TV and Movies. 

Lots of places worth visiting

There is a lot more to New York state than the iconic city, and we wholeheartedly recommend visiting;  

Saratoga Spa State Park – Considered one of the ‘gems’ in a state rich with national parks and awe-inspiring landscapes. Visitors can go hiking, trekking, biking, play golf, visit an art centre, go swimming or just take a leisurely stroll. AND there is a geyser. 

Niagara Falls – It would be a missed opportunity to study in New York State and not make it to the iconic waterfalls and take a trip on the ‘Maid of the Mist’.

Albany – The state Capital of New York is a beautiful colonial city and it is possible to visit many of the mansions. There are many other historic sites including the State Capitol.

“If you can make it there…” 

For study abroad students who have the opportunity of a work placement as part of their undergraduate studies in New York State, showing future employers work experience in that location is likely to be a big help when applying for jobs back home. 

Cons

Culture shock is real and moving straight to a place like New York City to study abroad can cause some students to lose track of their studies.

New York City is a very expensive place to Study Abroad and it is worth remembering that there are reputedly more than 800 languages spoken there.

Famous Colleges and Universities in New York State:

Columbia University

Cornell University

University of Rochester

SUNY – The State University of New York

Syracuse University

Seed recommendation for African Students: Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Why? It is an affordable community college that is part of the popular SUNY system.

Study Abroad in California

The Golden State is home to Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and San Francisco, to name but a few iconic locations. The most populous state in the country, California’s economy is so large that, if it was an independent country, it would have the world’s fifth biggest economy! It may be the ideal study abroad destination for you – especially if you are not so interested in including cold winters as part of your experience. 

Pros 

The home of the global Tech industry – 

If you see yourself working in the digital world in the future, you may want to consider studying at one of the many fine higher education institutions in California. With Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and many others as ‘neighbours’, the courses and programs at Californian universities and colleges have evolved to meet the demands of local industry. Choosing to study there is the first step to equipping yourself with the skills and contacts in the industry that seem set to dominate the 21st century. 

Lots of places worth visiting

California is a vast state with huge distances between cities and towns. Like most places in America, people travel by road in California, and you may hire a car with some friends for a weekend. Here are some ideas for your Californian Study Abroad Road Trip;  

San Francisco – Enjoy the mystic beauty of San Francisco as the sun streams in from the Pacific Ocean – or perhaps the clouds. The streets of the city are alive with action and taking a cable car is an unmissable experience – plus, the streets are steep! A cosmopolitan city that offers entertainment to suit all budgets.  

Yosemite National Park – Breathtaking wilderness scenery surrounded by sheer granite cliffs and domes that were carved by glaciers millions of years ago.The park has 800 miles of hiking trails and is home to the emblematic Yosemite Falls, an amazing 2,425-f