50 Best Colleges & Universities of 2021

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50 Best Colleges & Universities of 2021

Every fall, more than 2 million high-school graduates will enroll in colleges and universities across the United States. With nearly 3,000 4-year schools to choose from, finding the best college for your educational, personal, and professional goals may be challenging. The purpose of this ranking is to help you manage this challenge with an accurate, objective, and up-to-date ranking of the best colleges and universities for earning a bachelor’s degree.

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We’ve identified a total of 1,392 colleges and universities in the US that meet our criteria. Of those, 637 are public institutions and 755 are private institutions. This list focuses on schools that offer four-year undergraduate degrees, and includes both public and private colleges and universities. In order to be included in this list of best colleges, a school needs to satisfy the following two conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must have a student body of at least 1,000 students.

How do we determine the best?

The best colleges pound for pound!

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call Concentrated Influence. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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50 Best Colleges & Universities in the US

  1. California Institute of Technology
    #1

    California Institute of Technology

    #32 institution's overall influence
    #9 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1545/35

    Pasadena, CA

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    What is California Institute of Technology known for?

    California Institute of Technology's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Economics
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Harvard University
    #2

    Harvard University

    #1 institution's overall influence
    #2 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    5%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1515/34

    Cambridge, MA

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    What is Harvard University known for?

    Harvard University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    #3

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    #9 institution's overall influence
    #3 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1540/35

    Cambridge, MA

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    What is Massachusetts Institute of Technology known for?

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Economics
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Stanford University
    #4

    Stanford University

    #10 institution's overall influence
    #1 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    5%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/33

    Stanford, CA

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    What is Stanford University known for?

    Stanford University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Literature
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. University of Chicago
    #5

    University of Chicago

    #7 institution's overall influence
    #8 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1535/34

    Chicago, IL

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    What is University of Chicago known for?

    University of Chicago's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Law
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Princeton University
    #6

    Princeton University

    #11 institution's overall influence
    #5 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    6%

    Graduation

    97%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1515/34

    Princeton, NJ

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    What is Princeton University known for?

    Princeton University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. Columbia University
    #7

    Columbia University

    #3 institution's overall influence
    #6 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/34

    New York, NY

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    What is Columbia University known for?

    Columbia University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Law
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Yale University
    #8

    Yale University

    #5 institution's overall influence
    #4 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    97%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1515/34

    New Haven, CT

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    What is Yale University known for?

    Yale University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Johns Hopkins University
    #9

    Johns Hopkins University

    #22 institution's overall influence
    #21 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Baltimore, MD

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    What is Johns Hopkins University known for?

    Johns Hopkins University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. Duke University
    #10

    Duke University

    #29 institution's overall influence
    #12 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    8%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1525/34

    Durham, NC

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    What is Duke University known for?

    Duke University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. Swarthmore College
    #11

    Swarthmore College

    #140 institution's overall influence
    #22 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1460/33

    Swarthmore, PA

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    What is Swarthmore College known for?

    Swarthmore College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. Northwestern University
    #12

    Northwestern University

    #30 institution's overall influence
    #24 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1495/34

    Evanston, IL

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    What is Northwestern University known for?

    Northwestern University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Communications
    • Engineering
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. Amherst College
    #13

    Amherst College

    #112 institution's overall influence
    #26 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    12%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1415/32

    Amherst, MA

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    What is Amherst College known for?

    Amherst College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Law
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. Rice University
    #14

    Rice University

    #115 institution's overall influence
    #15 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1520/34

    Houston, TX

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    What is Rice University known for?

    Rice University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Education
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. Carnegie Mellon University
    #15

    Carnegie Mellon University

    #36 institution's overall influence
    #35 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    17%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Pittsburgh, PA

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    What is Carnegie Mellon University known for?

    Carnegie Mellon University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. Cornell University
    #16

    Cornell University

    #15 institution's overall influence
    #14 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1480/33

    Ithaca, NY

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    What is Cornell University known for?

    Cornell University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. Sarah Lawrence College
    #17

    Sarah Lawrence College

    #386 institution's overall influence
    #1422 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1331/29

    Bronxville, NY

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    What is Sarah Lawrence College known for?

    Sarah Lawrence College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. Reed College
    #18

    Reed College

    #170 institution's overall influence
    #79 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    42%

    Graduation

    80%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1422/32

    Portland, OR

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    What is Reed College known for?

    Reed College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. University of Pennsylvania
    #19

    University of Pennsylvania

    #17 institution's overall influence
    #10 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/34

    Philadelphia, PA

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    What is University of Pennsylvania known for?

    University of Pennsylvania's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Law
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. Brown University
    #20

    Brown University

    #34 institution's overall influence
    #7 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    8%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/34

    Providence, RI

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    What is Brown University known for?

    Brown University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • History
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. Brandeis University
    #22

    Brandeis University

    #95 institution's overall influence
    #167 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    33%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1435/31

    Waltham, MA

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    What is Brandeis University known for?

    Brandeis University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. University of California, Berkeley
    #23

    University of California, Berkeley

    #6 institution's overall influence
    #29 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    17%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    42K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1430/33

    Berkeley, CA

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    What is University of California, Berkeley known for?

    University of California, Berkeley's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Chemistry
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  23. Wesleyan University
    #24

    Wesleyan University

    #103 institution's overall influence
    #34 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    4K

    Middletown, CT

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  24. Vassar College
    #25

    Vassar College

    #169 institution's overall influence
    #88 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    25%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Poughkeepsie, NY

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    What is Vassar College known for?

    Vassar College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  25. Hampshire College
    #26

    Hampshire College

    #613 institution's overall influence
    #955 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    1K

    Amherst, MA

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    What is Hampshire College known for?

    Hampshire College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  26. Dartmouth College
    #27

    Dartmouth College

    #61 institution's overall influence
    #11 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1500/33

    Hanover, NH

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    What is Dartmouth College known for?

    Dartmouth College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  27. Georgetown University
    #28

    Georgetown University

    #39 institution's overall influence
    #19 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    17%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Washington, DC

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    What is Georgetown University known for?

    Georgetown University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  28. Tufts University
    #29

    Tufts University

    #87 institution's overall influence
    #25 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Medford, MA

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    What is Tufts University known for?

    Tufts University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  29. Wellesley College
    #30

    Wellesley College

    #188 institution's overall influence
    #33 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Wellesley, MA

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    What is Wellesley College known for?

    Wellesley College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  30. Williams College
    #31

    Williams College

    #162 institution's overall influence
    #27 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    15%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1480/33

    Williamstown, MA

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    What is Williams College known for?

    Williams College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  31. Cooper Union
    #32

    Cooper Union

    #262 institution's overall influence
    #62 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    18%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1417/32

    New York, NY

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    What is Cooper Union known for?

    Cooper Union's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  32. Pomona College
    #33

    Pomona College

    #311 institution's overall influence
    #13 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Claremont, CA

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    What is Pomona College known for?

    Pomona College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  33. Oberlin College
    #34

    Oberlin College

    #118 institution's overall influence
    #114 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    86%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1380/31

    Oberlin, OH

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    What is Oberlin College known for?

    Oberlin College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Economics
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  34. Bryn Mawr College
    #35

    Bryn Mawr College

    #245 institution's overall influence
    #119 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    2K

    Bryn Mawr, PA

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    What is Bryn Mawr College known for?

    Bryn Mawr College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Anthropology
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  35. Yeshiva University
    #36

    Yeshiva University

    #154 institution's overall influence
    #136 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/27

    New York, NY

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    What is Yeshiva University known for?

    Yeshiva University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  36. New York University
    #37

    New York University

    #14 institution's overall influence
    #44 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1440/32

    New York, NY

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    What is New York University known for?

    New York University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Law
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  37. Bard College
    #38

    Bard College

    #313 institution's overall influence
    #998 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    2K

    Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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    What is Bard College known for?

    Bard College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • History
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  38. Haverford College
    #39

    Haverford College

    #325 institution's overall influence
    #73 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    18%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1460/33

    Haverford, PA

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    What is Haverford College known for?

    Haverford College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  39. Washington University in St. Louis
    #40

    Washington University in St. Louis

    #69 institution's overall influence
    #20 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1520/34

    Saint Louis, MO

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    What is Washington University in St. Louis known for?

    Washington University in St. Louis's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  40. Vanderbilt University
    #41

    Vanderbilt University

    #98 institution's overall influence
    #16 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    12%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Nashville, TN

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    What is Vanderbilt University known for?

    Vanderbilt University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Law
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  41. George Washington University
    #42

    George Washington University

    #71 institution's overall influence
    #76 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    21K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1375/31

    Washington, DC

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    What is George Washington University known for?

    George Washington University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  42. Smith College
    #43

    Smith College

    #150 institution's overall influence
    #111 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    37%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    3K

    Northampton, MA

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  43. University of Michigan
    #44

    University of Michigan

    #12 institution's overall influence
    #37 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    26%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    43K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1435/32

    Ann Arbor, MI

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    What is University of Michigan known for?

    University of Michigan's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  44. The New School
    #45

    The New School

    #129 institution's overall influence
    #1438 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1265/27

    New York, NY

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    What is The New School known for?

    The New School's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  45. Claremont McKenna College
    #46

    Claremont McKenna College

    #594 institution's overall influence
    #18 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    13%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1435/32

    Claremont, CA

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    What is Claremont McKenna College known for?

    Claremont McKenna College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  46. Emory University
    #47

    Emory University

    #104 institution's overall influence
    #41 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    19%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Atlanta, GA

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    What is Emory University known for?

    Emory University's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  47. The Catholic University of America
    #48

    The Catholic University of America

    #273 institution's overall influence
    #261 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    5K

    Washington, DC

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    What is The Catholic University of America known for?

    The Catholic University of America's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Education
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  48. University of Rochester
    #49

    University of Rochester

    #82 institution's overall influence
    #61 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1405/32

    Rochester, NY

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    What is University of Rochester known for?

    University of Rochester's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  49. Morehouse College
    #50

    Morehouse College

    #437 institution's overall influence
    #1436 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1081/20

    Atlanta, GA

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    What is Morehouse College known for?

    Morehouse College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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