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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 1
#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 Manchester
# 2
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Stanford University
# 3
#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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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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# 5
#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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Cornell University
# 6
#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
# 7
#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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Carnegie Mellon University
# 8
#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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California Institute of Technology
# 9
#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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Princeton University
# 10
#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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# 11
#50 overall influence
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
Purdue University
# 12
#55 overall influence
#1204 desirability score
Purdue University
Public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

58%

Graduation

77%

Student body

40K

Median SAT/ACT

1295/28

West Lafayette, IN

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University of London
# 13
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
University of Cambridge
# 14
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
University of Southern California
# 15
#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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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
# 16
#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
Columbia University
# 17
#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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University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
# 18
#46 overall influence
#162 desirability score
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Public research university in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, United States

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

62%

Graduation

85%

Student body

52K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Champaign, IL

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Johns Hopkins University
# 19
#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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# 20
#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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Duke University
# 21
#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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University of Texas at Austin
# 22
#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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Nanyang Technological University
# 23
#417 overall influence
Nanyang Technological University
Autonomous university in Singapore
Yale University
# 24
#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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Northwestern University
# 25
#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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# 26
#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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Georgia Institute of Technology
# 27
#140 overall influence
#39 desirability score
Georgia Institute of Technology
Public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

22%

Graduation

86%

Student body

28K

Median SAT/ACT

1465/32

Atlanta, GA

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University of Pennsylvania
# 28
#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 Toronto
# 29
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rice University
# 30
#93 overall influence
#15 desirability score
Rice University
University in Houston, Texas, USA

Tuition + fees

$47K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

93%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Houston, TX

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Anna University
# 31
#461 overall influence
Anna University
State-run university in Guindy, Tamil Nadu
University of Minnesota
# 32
#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 Waterloo
# 33
#168 overall influence
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
University of Washington
# 34
#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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McGill University
# 35
#42 overall influence
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
National University of Singapore
# 36
#192 overall influence
National University of Singapore
Autonomous research university in Singapore
Texas A&M University
# 37
#177 overall influence
#91 desirability score
Texas A&M University
Public research university in College Station, Texas, United States

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

68%

Graduation

80%

Student body

58K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/28

College Station, TX

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Tsinghua University
# 38
#187 overall influence
Tsinghua University
University in Beijing, China
# 39
#613 overall influence
Visvesvaraya Technological University
Public University
Andhra University
# 40
#365 overall influence
Andhra University
Premier university in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Osmania University
# 41
#336 overall influence
Osmania University
Public state university in Hyderabad, Telangana
University of Chicago
# 42
#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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George Washington University
# 43
#61 overall influence
#76 desirability score
George Washington University
University in Washington, D.C.

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
#153 overall influence
#1312 desirability score
Arizona State University
Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

85%

Graduation

67%

Student body

50K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/25

Tempe, AZ

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New York University
# 45
#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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# 46
#216 overall influence
Indian Institute of Science
Public university for scientific research and higher education in Bengaluru
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
# 47
#176 overall influence
#1177 desirability score
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Private research university in Troy, New York, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

43%

Graduation

83%

Student body

8K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

Troy, NY

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University of Madras
# 48
#209 overall influence
University of Madras
Public university in India
# 49
#904 overall influence
APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University
Indian university
Zhejiang University
# 50
#333 overall influence
Zhejiang University
University in Hangzhou, China