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

Harvard University
# 1
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 London
# 2
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 3
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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University of Chicago
# 4
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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Princeton University
# 5
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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Stanford University
# 6
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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Yale University
# 7
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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Columbia University
# 8
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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University of California, Berkeley
# 9
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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University of Oxford
# 10
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
New York University
# 11
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 Pennsylvania
# 12
University of Pennsylvania
Private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#17 institution's overall influence
#10 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

95%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Philadelphia, PA

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University of Cambridge
# 13
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
Cornell University
# 14
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 Michigan
# 15
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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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 16
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
#134 institution's overall influence
George Mason University
# 17
George Mason University
Public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, Virginia
#190 institution's overall influence
#548 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

81%

Graduation

70%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1220/27

Fairfax, VA

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Northwestern University
# 18
Northwestern University
Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States
#28 institution's overall influence
#24 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

94%

Student body

19K

Median SAT/ACT

1490/34

Evanston, IL

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Johns Hopkins University
# 19
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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University of Manchester
# 20
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
#37 institution's overall influence
University of Delhi
# 21
University of Delhi
Central university located in New Delhi
#156 institution's overall influence
University of Warwick
# 22
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
#157 institution's overall influence
Graduate Center, CUNY
# 23
Graduate Center, CUNY
Doctoral-granting institution of the City University of New York in New York City, US
#497 institution's overall influence

Tuition + fees

$7K

Student body

4K

New York, NY

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Duke University
# 24
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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University of California, Los Angeles
# 25
University of California, Los Angeles
Public research university in Los Angeles, California, United States
#24 institution's overall influence
#31 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$13K

Acceptance

14%

Graduation

91%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1405/32

Los Angeles, CA

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# 26
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
#64 institution's overall influence
University of Toronto
# 27
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
University of Minnesota
# 28
University of Minnesota
Public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
#34 institution's overall influence
#890 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$15K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

78%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1375/28

Minneapolis, MN

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University of Bonn
# 29
University of Bonn
Public research university located in Bonn, Germany
#30 institution's overall influence
Carnegie Mellon University
# 30
Carnegie Mellon University
Private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
#45 institution's overall influence
#35 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

17%

Graduation

90%

Student body

16K

Median SAT/ACT

1500/34

Pittsburgh, PA

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Georgetown University
# 31
Georgetown University
Private university in Washington, D.C., United States
#69 institution's overall influence
#19 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

94%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1450/32

Washington, DC

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University of Edinburgh
# 32
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
University of British Columbia
# 33
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
#63 institution's overall influence
Australian National University
# 34
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
#107 institution's overall influence
University of Virginia
# 35
University of Virginia
Public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
#43 institution's overall influence
#40 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

26%

Graduation

94%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/32

Charlottesville, VA

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University of Essex
# 36
University of Essex
University in Essex, United Kingdom
#253 institution's overall influence
University of Rochester
# 37
University of Rochester
Private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York, United States
#99 institution's overall influence
#61 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

85%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1410/32

Rochester, NY

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Tufts University
# 38
Tufts University
Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts
#73 institution's overall influence
#25 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1455/32

Medford, MA

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Humboldt University of Berlin
# 39
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
#12 institution's overall influence
University of Sussex
# 40
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
#147 institution's overall influence
University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 41
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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# 42
Bocconi University
Private university in Milan, Italy
#600 institution's overall influence
Brown University
# 43
Brown University
University in Providence, Rhode Island
#36 institution's overall influence
#7 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

96%

Student body

9K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Providence, RI

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Amherst College
# 44
Amherst College
Liberal arts college in Massachusetts
#92 institution's overall influence
#26 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

13%

Graduation

93%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1430/32

Amherst, MA

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University of Maryland
# 45
University of Maryland
Public research university in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland
#79 institution's overall influence
#214 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

47%

Graduation

87%

Student body

35K

Median SAT/ACT

1380/31

College Park, MD

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# 46
University of Glasgow
University located in Glasgow, Scotland, founded in 1451
#33 institution's overall influence
University of Calcutta
# 47
University of Calcutta
Public state university in Kolkata, West Bengal
#77 institution's overall influence
University of Massachusetts Amherst
# 48
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Public university in Massachusetts, USA
#127 institution's overall influence
#953 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

60%

Graduation

76%

Student body

28K

Median SAT/ACT

1295/28

Amherst, MA

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University of Vienna
# 49
University of Vienna
Public university in Vienna, Austria
#19 institution's overall influence
Rutgers University
# 50
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
#47 institution's overall influence