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List of the most influential schools in History, 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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Yale University
# 4
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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University of California, Berkeley
# 5
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 California, Los Angeles
# 6
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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Princeton University
# 7
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
# 8
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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New York University
# 9
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 Cambridge
# 10
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
University of Oxford
# 11
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
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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University of Chicago
# 13
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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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 Pennsylvania
# 15
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 Southern California
# 16
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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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 17
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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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 18
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
#134 institution's overall influence
University of Florida
# 19
University of Florida
Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States
#101 institution's overall influence
#45 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

87%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1360/29

Gainesville, FL

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Boston University
# 20
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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Ohio State University
# 21
Ohio State University
Public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States
#102 institution's overall influence
#77 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

84%

Student body

55K

Median SAT/ACT

1345/29

Columbus, OH

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University of Texas at Austin
# 22
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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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
# 23
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
#74 institution's overall influence
#38 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

23%

Graduation

91%

Student body

25K

Median SAT/ACT

1375/31

Chapel Hill, NC

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Brown University
# 24
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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Johns Hopkins University
# 25
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 Virginia
# 26
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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Brigham Young University
# 27
Brigham Young University
Private research university in Provo, Utah, United States
#104 institution's overall influence
#102 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

64%

Graduation

83%

Student body

34K

Median SAT/ACT

1305/28

Provo, UT

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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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University of Edinburgh
# 29
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
University of Toronto
# 30
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
Syracuse University
# 31
Syracuse University
University located in Syracuse, New York, United States
#84 institution's overall influence
#1450 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

50%

Graduation

82%

Student body

23K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/27

Syracuse, NY

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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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Northwestern University
# 33
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 Washington
# 34
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 East Anglia
# 35
University of East Anglia
University in Norwich, England
#149 institution's overall influence
The New School
# 36
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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Rutgers University
# 37
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
#47 institution's overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
# 38
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
#12 institution's overall influence
University of Leeds
# 39
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
#70 institution's overall influence
University of Iowa
# 40
University of Iowa
Public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, United States
#57 institution's overall influence
#369 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

83%

Graduation

72%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1225/25

Iowa City, IA

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Georgetown University
# 41
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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Michigan State University
# 42
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 Arizona
# 43
University of Arizona
Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States
#88 institution's overall influence
#605 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

84%

Graduation

60%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1190/24

Tucson, AZ

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Brandeis University
# 44
Brandeis University
Private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts
#91 institution's overall influence
#167 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

31%

Graduation

90%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1390/31

Waltham, MA

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University of Sussex
# 45
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
#147 institution's overall influence
University of Kansas
# 46
University of Kansas
Public research university in Kansas, United States
#170 institution's overall influence
#620 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

92%

Graduation

63%

Student body

23K

Median SAT/ACT

/26

Lawrence, KS

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Arizona State University
# 47
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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Freie Universität Berlin
# 48
Freie Universität Berlin
Research university located in Berlin, Germany
#171 institution's overall influence
University of Utah
# 49
University of Utah
Public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
#80 institution's overall influence
#1235 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

67%

Graduation

65%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1240/25

Salt Lake City, UT

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# 50
Brooklyn College
Senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn
#112 institution's overall influence
#1381 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

44%

Graduation

51%

Student body

15K

Brooklyn, NY

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