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University of Cambridge
# 1
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
# 2
#64 overall influence
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
University of Manchester
# 3
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Harvard University
# 4
#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 Oxford
# 5
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
Stanford University
# 6
#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
# 7
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
Australian National University
# 8
#107 overall influence
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
# 9
#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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 10
#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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Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
# 11
#1128 overall influence
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
Durham University
# 12
#122 overall influence
Durham University
Collegiate public research university in Durham, England, United Kingdom
Columbia University
# 13
#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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# 14
#50 overall influence
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
Princeton University
# 15
#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 Edinburgh
# 16
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
California Institute of Technology
# 17
#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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# 18
#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 Leeds
# 19
#70 overall influence
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
# 20
#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
Boston University
# 21
#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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University of Chicago
# 22
#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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Duke University
# 23
#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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Cornell University
# 24
#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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# 25
#97 overall influence
University of Melbourne
Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria
University of Toronto
# 26
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Michigan
# 27
#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 British Columbia
# 28
#63 overall influence
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
# 29
#277 overall influence
Cardiff University
Public research university in Cardiff, United Kingdom
Yale University
# 30
#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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University of Southampton
# 31
#261 overall influence
University of Southampton
Research university located in Southampton, United Kingdom
University of Texas at Austin
# 32
#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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The Open University
# 33
#252 overall influence
The Open University
University in Milton Keynes, UK
# 34
#368 overall influence
Macquarie University
University in Sydney, New South Wales
Pennsylvania State University
# 35
#87 overall influence
Pennsylvania State University
Public university In State College and multiple campuses in Pennsylvania, United States

Tuition + fees

$18K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

86%

Student body

47K

Median SAT/ACT

1260/27

University Park, PA

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Utrecht University
# 36
#110 overall influence
Utrecht University
University in the Netherlands
University of Waterloo
# 37
#168 overall influence
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
# 38
#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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Humboldt University of Berlin
# 39
#12 overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
University of New South Wales
# 40
#223 overall influence
University of New South Wales
Public research university Kensington, Sydney, Australia
University of Alberta
# 41
#145 overall influence
University of Alberta
Public research university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
University of Washington
# 42
#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 East Anglia
# 43
#149 overall influence
University of East Anglia
University in Norwich, England
University of Zurich
# 44
#40 overall influence
University of Zurich
University in Switzerland
James Cook University
# 45
#783 overall influence
James Cook University
University in Australia
Johns Hopkins University
# 46
#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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New York University
# 47
#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 Wisconsin–Madison
# 48
#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 Southern California
# 49
#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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University of Queensland
# 50
#175 overall influence
University of Queensland
University in Australia