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Harvard University
# 1
#1 overall influence
#2 desirability score
Harvard University
Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

5%

Graduation

97%

Student body

25K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/34

Cambridge, MA

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University of Manchester
# 2
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Columbia University
# 3
#3 overall influence
#6 desirability score
Columbia University
Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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
# 4
#5 overall influence
#8 desirability score
University of Chicago
Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tuition + fees

$57K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/34

Chicago, IL

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University of London
# 5
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
# 6
#6 overall influence
#29 desirability score
University of California, Berkeley
Public research university in Berkeley, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

92%

Student body

41K

Median SAT/ACT

1425/33

Berkeley, CA

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Yale University
# 7
#7 overall influence
#4 desirability score
Yale University
Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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
# 8
#134 overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
University of Cambridge
# 9
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
University of Michigan
# 10
#15 overall influence
#37 desirability score
University of Michigan
Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

23%

Graduation

91%

Student body

42K

Median SAT/ACT

1420/32

Ann Arbor, MI

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Stanford University
# 11
#10 overall influence
#1 desirability score
Stanford University
Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

4%

Graduation

94%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1495/33

Stanford, CA

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Cornell University
# 12
#14 overall influence
#14 desirability score
Cornell University
Private university in Ithaca

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

94%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1465/33

Ithaca, NY

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University of Oxford
# 13
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
University of Pennsylvania
# 14
#17 overall influence
#10 desirability score
University of Pennsylvania
Private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

95%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Philadelphia, PA

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New York University
# 15
#16 overall influence
#44 desirability score
New York University
Private research university in New York City

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

20%

Graduation

85%

Student body

47K

Median SAT/ACT

1410/31

New York, NY

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Duke University
# 16
#31 overall influence
#12 desirability score
Duke University
Private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

9%

Graduation

95%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1510/34

Durham, NC

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Johns Hopkins University
# 17
#20 overall influence
#21 desirability score
Johns Hopkins University
University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

92%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Baltimore, MD

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# 18
#24 overall influence
#31 desirability score
University of California, Los Angeles
Public research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$13K

Acceptance

14%

Graduation

91%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1405/32

Los Angeles, CA

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# 19
#124 overall influence
#65 desirability score
Barnard College
Private women's liberal arts college in the United States

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

14%

Graduation

91%

Student body

3K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

New York, NY

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Princeton University
# 20
#8 overall influence
#5 desirability score
Princeton University
Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

5%

Graduation

97%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/33

Princeton, NJ

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# 21
#945 overall influence
University of Johannesburg
University
The New School
# 22
#89 overall influence
#1438 desirability score
The New School
University in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

57%

Graduation

68%

Student body

10K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/27

New York, NY

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# 23
#174 overall influence
#734 desirability score
University of California, Santa Cruz
Public University of California campus in Santa Cruz

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
# 24
#88 overall influence
#605 desirability score
University of Arizona
Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

84%

Graduation

60%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1190/24

Tucson, AZ

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# 25
#1501 overall influence
Yeditepe University
Turkish private university located in İstanbul
Northwestern University
# 26
#28 overall influence
#24 desirability score
Northwestern University
Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

94%

Student body

19K

Median SAT/ACT

1490/34

Evanston, IL

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University of Washington
# 27
#44 overall influence
#69 desirability score
University of Washington
Public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States

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
# 28
#26 overall influence
#216 desirability score
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Public research university in Madison, Wisconsin., USA

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

85%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/29

Madison, WI

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University of Florida
# 29
#101 overall influence
#45 desirability score
University of Florida
Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

87%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1360/29

Gainesville, FL

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Australian National University
# 30
#107 overall influence
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
# 31
#208 overall influence
Paris 8 University
Public university in Paris, France
Brandeis University
# 32
#91 overall influence
#167 desirability score
Brandeis University
Private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

31%

Graduation

90%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1390/31

Waltham, MA

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# 33
#98 overall influence
#1348 desirability score
University at Buffalo
University with campuses in and around Buffalo, NY and Amherst, NY

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
# 34
#12 overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
University of Ljubljana
# 35
#408 overall influence
University of Ljubljana
Slovene public university
Heidelberg University
# 36
#22 overall influence
Heidelberg University
Public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
University of Bonn
# 37
#30 overall influence
University of Bonn
Public research university located in Bonn, Germany
University of British Columbia
# 38
#63 overall influence
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
# 39
#2173 overall influence
Universidad Tec Milenio
# 40
#100 overall influence
#87 desirability score
University of California, Irvine
Public research university in Irvine, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1300/29

Irvine, CA

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# 41
#49 overall influence
#71 desirability score
University of California, San Diego
Public university in La Jolla, California, United States

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
# 42
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Edinburgh
# 43
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
Brown University
# 44
#36 overall influence
#7 desirability score
Brown University
University in Providence, Rhode Island

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

96%

Student body

9K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Providence, RI

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University of Vienna
# 45
#19 overall influence
University of Vienna
Public university in Vienna, Austria
Saint Martin's University
# 46
#1988 overall influence
#519 desirability score
Saint Martin's University

Tuition + fees

$37K

Acceptance

96%

Graduation

55%

Student body

1K

Median SAT/ACT

1120/21

Lacey, WA

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

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

93%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1535/35

Cambridge, MA

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Boston University
# 49
#38 overall influence
#56 desirability score
Boston University
Private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

22%

Graduation

87%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

Boston, MA

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

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

44%

Graduation

51%

Student body

15K

Brooklyn, NY

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