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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
Columbia University
# 3
#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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Yale University
# 4
#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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University of Manchester
# 5
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
# 6
#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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# 7
#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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Princeton University
# 8
#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
# 9
#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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New York University
# 10
#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 Cambridge
# 11
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
University of Oxford
# 12
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
University of Michigan
# 13
#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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University of Chicago
# 14
#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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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 Pennsylvania
# 16
#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 Southern California
# 17
#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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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 18
#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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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 19
#134 overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
University of Florida
# 20
#101 overall influence
#45 desirability score
University of Florida
Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

87%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1360/29

Gainesville, FL

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Boston University
# 21
#38 overall influence
#56 desirability score
Boston University
Private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

22%

Graduation

87%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

Boston, MA

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Ohio State University
# 22
#102 overall influence
#77 desirability score
Ohio State University
Public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States

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
# 23
#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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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
# 24
#74 overall influence
#38 desirability score
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

23%

Graduation

91%

Student body

25K

Median SAT/ACT

1375/31

Chapel Hill, NC

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Brown University
# 25
#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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Johns Hopkins University
# 26
#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 Virginia
# 27
#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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Brigham Young University
# 28
#104 overall influence
#102 desirability score
Brigham Young University
Private research university in Provo, Utah, United States

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

64%

Graduation

83%

Student body

34K

Median SAT/ACT

1305/28

Provo, UT

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Duke University
# 29
#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 Edinburgh
# 30
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Toronto
# 31
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Syracuse University
# 32
#84 overall influence
#1450 desirability score
Syracuse University
University located in Syracuse, New York, United States

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

50%

Graduation

82%

Student body

23K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/27

Syracuse, NY

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University of Minnesota
# 33
#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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Northwestern University
# 34
#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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University of Washington
# 35
#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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University of East Anglia
# 36
#149 overall influence
University of East Anglia
University in Norwich, England
The New School
# 37
#89 overall influence
#1438 desirability score
The New School
University in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

57%

Graduation

68%

Student body

10K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/27

New York, NY

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Rutgers University
# 38
#47 overall influence
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
Humboldt University of Berlin
# 39
#12 overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
University of Leeds
# 40
#70 overall influence
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
University of Iowa
# 41
#57 overall influence
#369 desirability score
University of Iowa
Public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

83%

Graduation

72%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1225/25

Iowa City, IA

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Georgetown University
# 42
#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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Michigan State University
# 43
#103 overall influence
#1461 desirability score
Michigan State University
Public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States

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
# 44
#88 overall influence
#605 desirability score
University of Arizona
Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

84%

Graduation

60%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1190/24

Tucson, AZ

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Brandeis University
# 45
#91 overall influence
#167 desirability score
Brandeis University
Private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

31%

Graduation

90%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1390/31

Waltham, MA

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University of Sussex
# 46
#147 overall influence
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
University of Kansas
# 47
#170 overall influence
#620 desirability score
University of Kansas
Public research university in Kansas, United States

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

92%

Graduation

63%

Student body

23K

Median SAT/ACT

/26

Lawrence, KS

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Arizona State University
# 48
#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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Freie Universität Berlin
# 49
#171 overall influence
Freie Universität Berlin
Research university located in Berlin, Germany
University of Utah
# 50
#80 overall influence
#1235 desirability score
University of Utah
Public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

67%

Graduation

65%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1240/25

Salt Lake City, UT

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