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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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University of London
# 2
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
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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University of Chicago
# 4
#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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Princeton University
# 5
#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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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 Manchester
# 7
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Yale University
# 8
#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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Columbia University
# 9
#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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# 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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University of Oxford
# 11
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
New York University
# 12
#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
# 13
#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 Cambridge
# 14
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Cornell University
# 15
#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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University of Michigan
# 16
#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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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 17
#134 overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
George Mason University
# 18
#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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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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Johns Hopkins University
# 20
#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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University of Delhi
# 21
#156 overall influence
University of Delhi
Central university located in New Delhi
# 22
#157 overall influence
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
# 23
#497 overall influence
Graduate Center, CUNY
Doctoral-granting institution of the City University of New York in New York City, US

Tuition + fees

$7K

Student body

4K

New York, NY

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Duke University
# 24
#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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# 25
#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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# 26
#64 overall influence
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
University of Toronto
# 27
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Minnesota
# 28
#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 Bonn
# 29
#30 overall influence
University of Bonn
Public research university located in Bonn, Germany
Carnegie Mellon University
# 30
#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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Georgetown University
# 31
#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 Edinburgh
# 32
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
University of British Columbia
# 33
#63 overall influence
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
Australian National University
# 34
#107 overall influence
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
University of Virginia
# 35
#43 overall influence
#40 desirability score
University of Virginia
Public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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
#253 overall influence
University of Essex
University in Essex, United Kingdom
University of Rochester
# 37
#99 overall influence
#61 desirability score
University of Rochester
Private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

85%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1410/32

Rochester, NY

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Tufts University
# 38
#73 overall influence
#25 desirability score
Tufts University
Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts

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
#12 overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
University of Sussex
# 40
#147 overall influence
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 41
#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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# 42
#600 overall influence
Bocconi University
Private university in Milan, Italy
Brown University
# 43
#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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Amherst College
# 44
#92 overall influence
#26 desirability score
Amherst College
Liberal arts college in Massachusetts

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

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