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List of the most influential schools in Anthropology, for the years 2000 – 2020

Harvard University
# 1
Harvard University
Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
#1 institution's overall influence
#2 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

5%

Graduation

97%

Student body

25K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/34

Cambridge, MA

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Columbia University
# 2
Columbia University
Private Ivy League research university in New York City
#3 institution's overall influence
#6 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

6%

Graduation

95%

Student body

28K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

New York, NY

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University of Chicago
# 3
University of Chicago
Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States
#5 institution's overall influence
#8 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$57K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/34

Chicago, IL

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University of London
# 4
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
University of California, Berkeley
# 5
University of California, Berkeley
Public research university in Berkeley, California, United States
#6 institution's overall influence
#29 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

92%

Student body

41K

Median SAT/ACT

1425/33

Berkeley, CA

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Yale University
# 6
Yale University
Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States
#7 institution's overall influence
#4 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

6%

Graduation

98%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1515/34

New Haven, CT

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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 7
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
#134 institution's overall influence
University of Cambridge
# 8
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
University of Michigan
# 9
University of Michigan
Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
#15 institution's overall influence
#37 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

23%

Graduation

91%

Student body

42K

Median SAT/ACT

1420/32

Ann Arbor, MI

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Stanford University
# 10
Stanford University
Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States
#10 institution's overall influence
#1 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

4%

Graduation

94%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1495/33

Stanford, CA

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Cornell University
# 11
Cornell University
Private university in Ithaca
#14 institution's overall influence
#14 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

94%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1465/33

Ithaca, NY

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University of Oxford
# 12
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
University of Pennsylvania
# 13
University of Pennsylvania
Private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#17 institution's overall influence
#10 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

95%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Philadelphia, PA

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New York University
# 14
New York University
Private research university in New York City
#16 institution's overall influence
#44 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

20%

Graduation

85%

Student body

47K

Median SAT/ACT

1410/31

New York, NY

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Duke University
# 15
Duke University
Private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States
#31 institution's overall influence
#12 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

9%

Graduation

95%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1510/34

Durham, NC

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Johns Hopkins University
# 16
Johns Hopkins University
University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
#20 institution's overall influence
#21 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

92%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Baltimore, MD

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University of California, Los Angeles
# 17
University of California, Los Angeles
Public research university in Los Angeles, California, United States
#24 institution's overall influence
#31 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$13K

Acceptance

14%

Graduation

91%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1405/32

Los Angeles, CA

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Barnard College
# 18
Barnard College
Private women's liberal arts college in the United States
#124 institution's overall influence
#65 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

14%

Graduation

91%

Student body

3K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

New York, NY

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Princeton University
# 19
Princeton University
Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States
#8 institution's overall influence
#5 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

5%

Graduation

97%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/33

Princeton, NJ

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# 20
University of Johannesburg
University
#945 institution's overall influence
The New School
# 21
The New School
University in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village
#89 institution's overall influence
#1438 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

57%

Graduation

68%

Student body

10K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/27

New York, NY

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University of California, Santa Cruz
# 22
University of California, Santa Cruz
Public University of California campus in Santa Cruz
#174 institution's overall influence
#734 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

47%

Graduation

77%

Student body

20K

Median SAT/ACT

1295/29

Santa Cruz, CA

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University of Arizona
# 23
University of Arizona
Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States
#88 institution's overall influence
#605 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

84%

Graduation

60%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1190/24

Tucson, AZ

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# 24
Yeditepe University
Turkish private university located in İstanbul
#1501 institution's overall influence
Northwestern University
# 25
Northwestern University
Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States
#28 institution's overall influence
#24 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

94%

Student body

19K

Median SAT/ACT

1490/34

Evanston, IL

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University of Washington
# 26
University of Washington
Public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States
#44 institution's overall influence
#69 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

49%

Graduation

84%

Student body

46K

Median SAT/ACT

1340/29

Seattle, WA

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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 27
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Public research university in Madison, Wisconsin., USA
#26 institution's overall influence
#216 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

85%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/29

Madison, WI

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University of Florida
# 28
University of Florida
Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States
#101 institution's overall influence
#45 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

87%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1360/29

Gainesville, FL

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Australian National University
# 29
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
#107 institution's overall influence
# 30
Paris 8 University
Public university in Paris, France
#208 institution's overall influence
Brandeis University
# 31
Brandeis University
Private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts
#91 institution's overall influence
#167 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

31%

Graduation

90%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1390/31

Waltham, MA

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University at Buffalo
# 32
University at Buffalo
University with campuses in and around Buffalo, NY and Amherst, NY
#98 institution's overall influence
#1348 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

74%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/26

Buffalo, NY

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Humboldt University of Berlin
# 33
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
#12 institution's overall influence
University of Ljubljana
# 34
University of Ljubljana
Slovene public university
#408 institution's overall influence
Heidelberg University
# 35
Heidelberg University
Public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
#22 institution's overall influence
University of Bonn
# 36
University of Bonn
Public research university located in Bonn, Germany
#30 institution's overall influence
University of British Columbia
# 37
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
#63 institution's overall influence
Universidad Tec Milenio
# 38
Universidad Tec Milenio
#2173 institution's overall influence
University of California, Irvine
# 39
University of California, Irvine
Public research university in Irvine, California, United States
#100 institution's overall influence
#87 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1300/29

Irvine, CA

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University of California, San Diego
# 40
University of California, San Diego
Public university in La Jolla, California, United States
#49 institution's overall influence
#71 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

30%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/30

La Jolla, CA

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University of Toronto
# 41
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
University of Edinburgh
# 42
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
Brown University
# 43
Brown University
University in Providence, Rhode Island
#36 institution's overall influence
#7 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

96%

Student body

9K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Providence, RI

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University of Vienna
# 44
University of Vienna
Public university in Vienna, Austria
#19 institution's overall influence
University of Manchester
# 45
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
#37 institution's overall influence
Saint Martin's University
# 46
Saint Martin's University
#1988 institution's overall influence
#519 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$37K

Acceptance

96%

Graduation

55%

Student body

1K

Median SAT/ACT

1120/21

Lacey, WA

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# 47
University of Yaoundé I
#1925 institution's overall influence
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 48
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
#9 institution's overall influence
#3 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

93%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1535/35

Cambridge, MA

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Boston University
# 49
Boston University
Private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
#38 institution's overall influence
#56 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

22%

Graduation

87%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

Boston, MA

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# 50
Brooklyn College
Senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn
#112 institution's overall influence
#1381 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

44%

Graduation

51%

Student body

15K

Brooklyn, NY

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