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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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Yale University
# 2
#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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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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University of London
# 4
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
University of Chicago
# 5
#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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Princeton University
# 6
#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
# 7
#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
# 8
#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 Oxford
# 9
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
# 10
#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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Georgetown University
# 11
#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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University of Michigan
# 12
#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 Cambridge
# 13
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
University of Pennsylvania
# 14
#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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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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George Washington University
# 16
#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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Duke University
# 17
#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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Northwestern University
# 18
#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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# 19
#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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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
# 20
#81 overall influence
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israeli University in Jerusalem
University of Virginia
# 21
#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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University of Manchester
# 22
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Tel Aviv University
# 23
#151 overall influence
Tel Aviv University
Israeli University in Tel Aviv
Boston University
# 24
#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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University of Toronto
# 25
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Brigham Young University
# 26
#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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Tufts University
# 27
#73 overall influence
#25 desirability score
Tufts University
Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1455/32

Medford, MA

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University of Edinburgh
# 28
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
McGill University
# 29
#42 overall influence
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
National University of Singapore
# 30
#192 overall influence
National University of Singapore
Autonomous research university in Singapore
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 31
#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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American University
# 32
#197 overall influence
#113 desirability score
American University
Private liberal arts and research-based university in Washington, D.C.

Tuition + fees

$48K

Acceptance

32%

Graduation

81%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1300/29

Washington, DC

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Brown University
# 33
#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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University of Southern California
# 34
#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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Rutgers University
# 35
#47 overall influence
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
University of Texas at Austin
# 36
#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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Florida State University
# 37
#150 overall influence
#174 desirability score
Florida State University
University in the United States

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

37%

Graduation

80%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/28

Tallahassee, FL

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Brandeis University
# 38
#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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College of William & Mary
# 39
#123 overall influence
#53 desirability score
College of William & Mary
Public research university located in Williamsburg, Virginia

Tuition + fees

$22K

Acceptance

37%

Graduation

91%

Student body

8K

Median SAT/ACT

1400/31

Williamsburg, VA

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Emory University
# 40
#111 overall influence
#41 desirability score
Emory University
Private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

19%

Graduation

91%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1435/32

Atlanta, GA

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University of Notre Dame
# 41
#116 overall influence
#23 desirability score
University of Notre Dame
Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana, United States

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

18%

Graduation

95%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1475/34

Notre Dame, IN

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Leiden University
# 42
#29 overall influence
Leiden University
University in Leiden, Netherlands
Australian National University
# 43
#107 overall influence
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
University of Hong Kong
# 44
#367 overall influence
University of Hong Kong
Public research university in Hong Kong
York University
# 45
#193 overall influence
York University
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
# 46
#112 overall influence
#1381 desirability score
Brooklyn College
Senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

44%

Graduation

51%

Student body

15K

Brooklyn, NY

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
# 47
#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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University of Sydney
# 48
#78 overall influence
University of Sydney
Australian university founded in 1850
Fordham University
# 49
#160 overall influence
#66 desirability score
Fordham University
Private research university in New York City

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

46%

Graduation

80%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1340/30

Bronx, NY

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Johns Hopkins University
# 50
#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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