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herbatico was founded in September 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and Shorelight.

We combine herbatico authoritative rankings, analysis and editorial content with Shorelight’s expertise in developing exclusive services and programs designed specifically for international students.


Our mission is very simple: enable life-changing experiences for international students and open U.S. and global universities to the world. Our vision is to reinvent the research and selection process for higher education by enabling international students and parents to find the best-fit experience for long-term success.


International students enrolling at select herbatico schools have access to exclusive programs and services as part of the application process and their degree. Our enrollment counselors set up our students for success with:

Application Assistance

Streamlined application process
Assigned counselor
Major/field of study guidance

Pre-Arrival Guidance

Visa interview help
Prep webinars & checklists
Help with required forms

Campus Transition

Airport welcome
Student & parent orientation
Cultural group outings

Academic Support

Classes for your academic level
English-language & ESL help
Tutoring support

Career Growth

Career Accelerator Program
Internship assistance
Job search help