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University of Manchester
# 1
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Harvard University
# 2
#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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 3
#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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# 4
#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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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
# 5
#240 overall influence
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University in Karlsruhe established in 2009 from the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Research Center
California Institute of Technology
# 6
#27 overall influence
#9 desirability score
California Institute of Technology
Private research university located in Pasadena, California

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1555/35

Pasadena, CA

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University of Cambridge
# 7
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Stanford University
# 8
#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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University of London
# 9
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
# 10
#50 overall influence
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
Northwestern University
# 11
#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 Oxford
# 12
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
# 13
#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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Princeton University
# 14
#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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University of Chicago
# 15
#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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Columbia University
# 16
#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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Cornell University
# 17
#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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Yale University
# 18
#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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# 19
#377 overall influence
Nanjing University
University in Nanjing, China
# 20
#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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University of Michigan
# 21
#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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University of Toronto
# 22
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
# 23
#688 overall influence
Xiamen University
University
# 24
#64 overall influence
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
# 25
#46 overall influence
#162 desirability score
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Public research university in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, United States

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

62%

Graduation

85%

Student body

52K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Champaign, IL

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# 26
#593 overall influence
Nankai University
Public research university in Tianjin, China
University of Minnesota
# 27
#34 overall influence
#890 desirability score
University of Minnesota
Public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Tuition + fees

$15K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

78%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1375/28

Minneapolis, MN

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University of Science and Technology of China
# 28
#597 overall influence
University of Science and Technology of China
University in Hefei, China
Purdue University
# 29
#55 overall influence
#1204 desirability score
Purdue University
Public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

58%

Graduation

77%

Student body

40K

Median SAT/ACT

1295/28

West Lafayette, IN

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Johns Hopkins University
# 30
#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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Kyoto University
# 31
#235 overall influence
Kyoto University
National university located in Kyoto, Japan
Rice University
# 32
#93 overall influence
#15 desirability score
Rice University
University in Houston, Texas, USA

Tuition + fees

$47K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

93%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Houston, TX

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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 33
#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 Texas at Austin
# 34
#41 overall influence
#43 desirability score
University of Texas at Austin
Public research university in Austin, Texas, United States

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

81%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1355/30

Austin, TX

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University of Pennsylvania
# 35
#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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University of Edinburgh
# 36
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
Tsinghua University
# 37
#187 overall influence
Tsinghua University
University in Beijing, China
Carnegie Mellon University
# 38
#45 overall influence
#35 desirability score
Carnegie Mellon University
Private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

17%

Graduation

90%

Student body

16K

Median SAT/ACT

1500/34

Pittsburgh, PA

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Jilin University
# 39
#853 overall influence
Jilin University
University in Changchun, China
Nanyang Technological University
# 40
#417 overall influence
Nanyang Technological University
Autonomous university in Singapore
Duke University
# 41
#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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New York University
# 42
#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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University of Southern California
# 43
#39 overall influence
#30 desirability score
University of Southern California
Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

13%

Graduation

92%

Student body

37K

Median SAT/ACT

1440/32

Los Angeles, CA

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# 44
#1180 overall influence
Lanzhou University
University in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China
Zhejiang University
# 45
#333 overall influence
Zhejiang University
University in Hangzhou, China
McGill University
# 46
#42 overall influence
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
University of Washington
# 47
#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 British Columbia
# 48
#63 overall influence
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
Fudan University
# 49
#407 overall influence
Fudan University
University in Shanghai, China
# 50
#216 overall influence
Indian Institute of Science
Public university for scientific research and higher education in Bengaluru