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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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Columbia University
# 2
#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
# 3
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
New York University
# 4
#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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Yale University
# 5
#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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# 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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Princeton University
# 7
#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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University of East Anglia
# 8
#149 overall influence
University of East Anglia
University in Norwich, England
University of Chicago
# 9
#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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University of Manchester
# 10
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
University of Oxford
# 11
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
Cornell University
# 12
#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 Cambridge
# 13
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
University of Iowa
# 14
#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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Stanford University
# 15
#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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Brown University
# 16
#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 Michigan
# 17
#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 Toronto
# 18
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Pennsylvania
# 19
#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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# 20
#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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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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Rutgers University
# 22
#47 overall influence
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
Wesleyan University
# 23
#96 overall influence
#34 desirability score
Wesleyan University
Private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

17%

Graduation

91%

Student body

3K

Middletown, CT

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The New School
# 24
#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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University of Leeds
# 25
#70 overall influence
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
University of Southern California
# 26
#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 British Columbia
# 27
#63 overall influence
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
University of Virginia
# 28
#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 Edinburgh
# 29
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
# 30
#106 overall influence
Radcliffe College
Former women's college in Cambridge, Massachusetts
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 31
#134 overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
Sarah Lawrence College
# 32
#227 overall influence
#1422 desirability score
Sarah Lawrence College
Private liberal arts college in the United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

82%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Bronxville, NY

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University of Exeter
# 33
#241 overall influence
University of Exeter
Public research university located in Exeter, United Kingdom
# 34
#157 overall influence
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
Northwestern University
# 35
#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 Delhi
# 36
#156 overall influence
University of Delhi
Central university located in New Delhi
Trinity College Dublin
# 37
#56 overall influence
Trinity College Dublin
Constituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland
Concordia University
# 38
#279 overall influence
Concordia University
University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
University of Sussex
# 39
#147 overall influence
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
York University
# 40
#193 overall influence
York University
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Texas at Austin
# 41
#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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# 42
#124 overall influence
#65 desirability score
Barnard College
Private women's liberal arts college in the United States

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

14%

Graduation

91%

Student body

3K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

New York, NY

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Johns Hopkins University
# 43
#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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Bard College
# 44
#293 overall influence
#998 desirability score
Bard College
Private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

65%

Graduation

78%

Student body

2K

Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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# 45
#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 Calcutta
# 46
#77 overall influence
University of Calcutta
Public state university in Kolkata, West Bengal
Duke University
# 47
#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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# 48
#98 overall influence
#1348 desirability score
University at Buffalo
University with campuses in and around Buffalo, NY and Amherst, NY

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

74%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/26

Buffalo, NY

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Emory University
# 49
#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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# 50
#309 overall influence
University of Kent
Public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom