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

University of Cambridge
# 1
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
# 2
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
#64 institution's overall influence
Harvard University
# 3
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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University of Oxford
# 4
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
Stanford University
# 5
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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University of London
# 6
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
Australian National University
# 7
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
#107 institution's overall influence
University of California, Berkeley
# 8
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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 9
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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Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
# 10
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
#1128 institution's overall influence
Durham University
# 11
Durham University
Collegiate public research university in Durham, England, United Kingdom
#122 institution's overall influence
Columbia University
# 12
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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Imperial College London
# 13
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
#50 institution's overall influence
Princeton University
# 14
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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University of Edinburgh
# 15
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
California Institute of Technology
# 16
California Institute of Technology
Private research university located in Pasadena, California
#27 institution's overall influence
#9 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1555/35

Pasadena, CA

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University of California, San Diego
# 17
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 Leeds
# 18
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
#70 institution's overall influence
Boston University
# 19
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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University of Chicago
# 20
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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Duke University
# 21
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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Cornell University
# 22
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 Manchester
# 23
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
#37 institution's overall influence
# 24
University of Melbourne
Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria
#97 institution's overall influence
University of Toronto
# 25
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
University of Michigan
# 26
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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University of British Columbia
# 27
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
#63 institution's overall influence
# 28
Cardiff University
Public research university in Cardiff, United Kingdom
#277 institution's overall influence
Yale University
# 29
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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University of Southampton
# 30
University of Southampton
Research university located in Southampton, United Kingdom
#261 institution's overall influence
University of Texas at Austin
# 31
University of Texas at Austin
Public research university in Austin, Texas, United States
#41 institution's overall influence
#43 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

81%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1355/30

Austin, TX

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The Open University
# 32
The Open University
University in Milton Keynes, UK
#252 institution's overall influence
# 33
Macquarie University
University in Sydney, New South Wales
#368 institution's overall influence
Pennsylvania State University
# 34
Pennsylvania State University
Public university In State College and multiple campuses in Pennsylvania, United States
#87 institution's overall influence

Tuition + fees

$18K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

86%

Student body

47K

Median SAT/ACT

1260/27

University Park, PA

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Utrecht University
# 35
Utrecht University
University in the Netherlands
#110 institution's overall influence
University of Waterloo
# 36
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
#168 institution's overall influence
University of California, Santa Cruz
# 37
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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Humboldt University of Berlin
# 38
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
#12 institution's overall influence
University of New South Wales
# 39
University of New South Wales
Public research university Kensington, Sydney, Australia
#223 institution's overall influence
University of Alberta
# 40
University of Alberta
Public research university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
#145 institution's overall influence
University of Washington
# 41
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 East Anglia
# 42
University of East Anglia
University in Norwich, England
#149 institution's overall influence
University of Zurich
# 43
University of Zurich
University in Switzerland
#40 institution's overall influence
James Cook University
# 44
James Cook University
University in Australia
#783 institution's overall influence
Johns Hopkins University
# 45
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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New York University
# 46
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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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 47
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 Southern California
# 48
University of Southern California
Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States
#39 institution's overall influence
#30 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

13%

Graduation

92%

Student body

37K

Median SAT/ACT

1440/32

Los Angeles, CA

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University of Queensland
# 49
University of Queensland
University in Australia
#175 institution's overall influence
University of Arizona
# 50
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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