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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 1
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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Stanford University
# 2
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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Harvard University
# 3
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 California, Berkeley
# 4
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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Cornell University
# 5
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
# 6
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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Carnegie Mellon University
# 7
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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California Institute of Technology
# 8
California Institute of Technology
Private research university located in Pasadena, California
#27 institution's overall influence
#9 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1555/35

Pasadena, CA

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Princeton University
# 9
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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Imperial College London
# 10
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
#50 institution's overall influence
Purdue University
# 11
Purdue University
Public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
#55 institution's overall influence
#1204 student desirability

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
# 12
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
University of Cambridge
# 13
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
University of Southern California
# 14
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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Columbia University
# 15
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 Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
# 16
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Public research university in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, United States
#46 institution's overall influence
#162 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

62%

Graduation

85%

Student body

52K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Champaign, IL

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Johns Hopkins University
# 17
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, San Diego
# 18
University of California, San Diego
Public university in La Jolla, California, United States
#49 institution's overall influence
#71 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

30%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/30

La Jolla, CA

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Duke University
# 19
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 Texas at Austin
# 20
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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Nanyang Technological University
# 21
Nanyang Technological University
Autonomous university in Singapore
#417 institution's overall influence
Yale University
# 22
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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Northwestern University
# 23
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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University of California, Los Angeles
# 24
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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Georgia Institute of Technology
# 25
Georgia Institute of Technology
Public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
#140 institution's overall influence
#39 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

22%

Graduation

86%

Student body

28K

Median SAT/ACT

1465/32

Atlanta, GA

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University of Pennsylvania
# 26
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 Toronto
# 27
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
Rice University
# 28
Rice University
University in Houston, Texas, USA
#93 institution's overall influence
#15 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$47K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

93%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Houston, TX

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Anna University
# 29
Anna University
State-run university in Guindy, Tamil Nadu
#461 institution's overall influence
University of Manchester
# 30
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
#37 institution's overall influence
University of Minnesota
# 31
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 Waterloo
# 32
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
#168 institution's overall influence
University of Washington
# 33
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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McGill University
# 34
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
#42 institution's overall influence
National University of Singapore
# 35
National University of Singapore
Autonomous research university in Singapore
#192 institution's overall influence
Texas A&M University
# 36
Texas A&M University
Public research university in College Station, Texas, United States
#177 institution's overall influence
#91 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

68%

Graduation

80%

Student body

58K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/28

College Station, TX

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Tsinghua University
# 37
Tsinghua University
University in Beijing, China
#187 institution's overall influence
# 38
Visvesvaraya Technological University
Public University
#613 institution's overall influence
Andhra University
# 39
Andhra University
Premier university in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
#365 institution's overall influence
Osmania University
# 40
Osmania University
Public state university in Hyderabad, Telangana
#336 institution's overall influence
University of Chicago
# 41
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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George Washington University
# 42
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
# 43
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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New York University
# 44
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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# 45
Indian Institute of Science
Public university for scientific research and higher education in Bengaluru
#216 institution's overall influence
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
# 46
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Private research university in Troy, New York, United States
#176 institution's overall influence
#1177 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

43%

Graduation

83%

Student body

8K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

Troy, NY

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University of Madras
# 47
University of Madras
Public university in India
#209 institution's overall influence
# 48
APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University
Indian university
#904 institution's overall influence
Zhejiang University
# 49
Zhejiang University
University in Hangzhou, China
#333 institution's overall influence
University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 50
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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