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List of the most influential schools in Education, 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
Columbia University
# 3
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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Stanford University
# 4
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
# 5
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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New York University
# 6
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 Chicago
# 7
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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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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Indiana University of Pennsylvania
# 10
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Public university in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States
#469 institution's overall influence
#334 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$13K

Acceptance

93%

Graduation

54%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1015/20

Indiana, PA

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Saint Francis University
# 11
Saint Francis University
Four-year, coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Loretto, Pennsylvania
#486 institution's overall influence
#1108 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$36K

Acceptance

75%

Graduation

67%

Student body

3K

Median SAT/ACT

1145/23

Loretto, PA

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University of Michigan
# 12
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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Princeton University
# 13
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 Pennsylvania
# 14
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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Pennsylvania State University
# 15
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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Susquehanna University
# 16
Susquehanna University
In Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
#455 institution's overall influence
#347 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$47K

Acceptance

72%

Graduation

74%

Student body

2K

Selinsgrove, PA

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Cornell University
# 17
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 Oxford
# 18
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
Gettysburg College
# 19
Gettysburg College
Liberal arts colleges in the United States
#404 institution's overall influence
#227 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

45%

Graduation

87%

Student body

3K

Gettysburg, PA

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University of Cambridge
# 20
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
Johns Hopkins University
# 21
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 California, Los Angeles
# 22
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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University of Toronto
# 23
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
Pennsylvania College of Technology
# 24
Pennsylvania College of Technology
#619 institution's overall influence

Tuition + fees

$17K

Graduation

34%

Student body

5K

Williamsport, PA

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Wilkes University
# 25
Wilkes University
Private American university located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
#582 institution's overall influence
#386 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$36K

Acceptance

75%

Graduation

62%

Student body

4K

Median SAT/ACT

1145/24

Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Northwestern University
# 26
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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Boston University
# 27
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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Duke University
# 28
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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Brown University
# 29
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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University of Southern California
# 30
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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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 Minnesota
# 32
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 Phoenix
# 33
University of Phoenix
American for-profit institution of higher learning
#1178 institution's overall influence
University of Virginia
# 34
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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Westminster College
# 35
Westminster College
Liberal arts college in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
#920 institution's overall influence
#350 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$37K

Acceptance

66%

Graduation

71%

Student body

1K

Median SAT/ACT

1110/23

New Wilmington, PA

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University of Washington
# 36
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 Wisconsin–Madison
# 37
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 Pittsburgh
# 38
University of Pittsburgh
State-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
#67 institution's overall influence
#987 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$19K

Acceptance

59%

Graduation

81%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1350/30

Pittsburgh, PA

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Michigan State University
# 39
Michigan State University
Public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States
#103 institution's overall influence
#1461 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

78%

Student body

43K

Median SAT/ACT

1210/26

East Lansing, MI

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University of Edinburgh
# 40
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
University of British Columbia
# 41
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
#63 institution's overall influence
University of Texas at Austin
# 42
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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George Washington University
# 43
George Washington University
University in Washington, D.C.
#61 institution's overall influence
#76 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

42%

Graduation

84%

Student body

21K

Median SAT/ACT

1370/30

Washington, DC

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Arizona State University
# 44
Arizona State University
Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States
#153 institution's overall influence
#1312 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

85%

Graduation

67%

Student body

50K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/25

Tempe, AZ

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Carnegie Mellon University
# 45
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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Rutgers University
# 46
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
#47 institution's overall influence
McGill University
# 47
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
#42 institution's overall influence
The New School
# 48
The New School
University in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village
#89 institution's overall influence
#1438 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

57%

Graduation

68%

Student body

10K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/27

New York, NY

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The Open University
# 49
The Open University
University in Milton Keynes, UK
#252 institution's overall influence
University of Warwick
# 50
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
#157 institution's overall influence