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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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Columbia University
# 2
#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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Stanford University
# 3
#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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Yale University
# 4
#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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# 5
#962 overall influence
#193 desirability score
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Senior college of the City University of New York in Midtown Manhattan, New York City

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

41%

Graduation

44%

Student body

12K

New York, NY

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University of Chicago
# 6
#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
# 7
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
New York University
# 8
#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 Pennsylvania
# 9
#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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# 10
#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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Florida State University
# 11
#150 overall influence
#174 desirability score
Florida State University
University in the United States

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

37%

Graduation

80%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/28

Tallahassee, FL

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Princeton University
# 12
#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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Rutgers University
# 13
#47 overall influence
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
University of Maryland
# 14
#79 overall influence
#214 desirability score
University of Maryland
Public research university in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

47%

Graduation

87%

Student body

35K

Median SAT/ACT

1380/31

College Park, MD

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Boston University
# 15
#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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# 16
#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
# 17
#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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City University of New York
# 18
#120 overall influence
City University of New York
Public university system in New York City
Northwestern University
# 19
#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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Arizona State University
# 20
#153 overall influence
#1312 desirability score
Arizona State University
Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

85%

Graduation

67%

Student body

50K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/25

Tempe, AZ

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University of Cambridge
# 21
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Michigan State University
# 22
#103 overall influence
#1461 desirability score
Michigan State University
Public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

78%

Student body

43K

Median SAT/ACT

1210/26

East Lansing, MI

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University of Southern California
# 23
#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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Ohio State University
# 24
#102 overall influence
#77 desirability score
Ohio State University
Public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

84%

Student body

55K

Median SAT/ACT

1345/29

Columbus, OH

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Cornell University
# 25
#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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George Mason University
# 26
#190 overall influence
#548 desirability score
George Mason University
Public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, Virginia

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

81%

Graduation

70%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1220/27

Fairfax, VA

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George Washington University
# 27
#61 overall influence
#76 desirability score
George Washington University
University in Washington, D.C.

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

42%

Graduation

84%

Student body

21K

Median SAT/ACT

1370/30

Washington, DC

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Georgetown University
# 28
#69 overall influence
#19 desirability score
Georgetown University
Private university in Washington, D.C., United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

94%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1450/32

Washington, DC

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University of Washington
# 29
#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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# 30
#453 overall influence
#1020 desirability score
State University of New York at Albany
State university in Albany, New York

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

66%

Student body

16K

Median SAT/ACT

1180/24

Albany, NY

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Duke University
# 31
#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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# 32
#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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Brown University
# 33
#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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Vanderbilt University
# 34
#115 overall influence
#16 desirability score
Vanderbilt University
Private research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

10%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Nashville, TN

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University of Oxford
# 35
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
University of Texas at Austin
# 36
#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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Brandeis University
# 37
#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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 38
#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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Temple University
# 39
#173 overall influence
#1402 desirability score
Temple University
Public research university in Philadelphia, United States

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

59%

Graduation

71%

Student body

34K

Philadelphia, PA

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University of Massachusetts Boston
# 40
#413 overall influence
#641 desirability score
University of Massachusetts Boston
American public university

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

45%

Student body

13K

Boston, MA

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University of Florida
# 41
#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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Northeastern University
# 42
#340 overall influence
Northeastern University
Private university in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

19%

Graduation

86%

Student body

23K

Median SAT/ACT

1450/33

Boston, MA

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American University
# 43
#197 overall influence
#113 desirability score
American University
Private liberal arts and research-based university in Washington, D.C.

Tuition + fees

$48K

Acceptance

32%

Graduation

81%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1300/29

Washington, DC

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
# 44
#81 overall influence
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israeli University in Jerusalem
University of Cincinnati
# 45
#178 overall influence
#1179 desirability score
University of Cincinnati
Public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

73%

Graduation

67%

Student body

32K

Median SAT/ACT

1265/26

Cincinnati, OH

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# 46
#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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University of Leeds
# 47
#70 overall influence
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
University of Tennessee
# 48
#167 overall influence
#1285 desirability score
University of Tennessee
Public university in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Tuition + fees

$13K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

69%

Student body

26K

Median SAT/ACT

1240/28

Knoxville, TN

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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 49
#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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Emory University
# 50
#111 overall influence
#41 desirability score
Emory University
Private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

19%

Graduation

91%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1435/32

Atlanta, GA

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