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List of the most influential schools in Literature, 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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Columbia University
# 2
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 London
# 3
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
New York University
# 4
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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Yale University
# 5
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
# 6
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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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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University of East Anglia
# 8
University of East Anglia
University in Norwich, England
#149 institution's overall influence
University of Chicago
# 9
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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University of Oxford
# 10
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
Cornell University
# 11
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 Cambridge
# 12
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
University of Iowa
# 13
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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Stanford University
# 14
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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Brown University
# 15
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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University of Michigan
# 16
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 Toronto
# 17
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
University of Pennsylvania
# 18
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 California, Los Angeles
# 19
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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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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Rutgers University
# 21
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
#47 institution's overall influence
Wesleyan University
# 22
Wesleyan University
Private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut
#96 institution's overall influence
#34 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

17%

Graduation

91%

Student body

3K

Middletown, CT

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The New School
# 23
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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University of Leeds
# 24
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
#70 institution's overall influence
University of Southern California
# 25
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 British Columbia
# 26
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
#63 institution's overall influence
University of Virginia
# 27
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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University of Edinburgh
# 28
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
# 29
Radcliffe College
Former women's college in Cambridge, Massachusetts
#106 institution's overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 30
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
#134 institution's overall influence
Sarah Lawrence College
# 31
Sarah Lawrence College
Private liberal arts college in the United States
#227 institution's overall influence
#1422 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

82%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Bronxville, NY

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University of Exeter
# 32
University of Exeter
Public research university located in Exeter, United Kingdom
#241 institution's overall influence
University of Warwick
# 33
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
#157 institution's overall influence
Northwestern University
# 34
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 Delhi
# 35
University of Delhi
Central university located in New Delhi
#156 institution's overall influence
Trinity College Dublin
# 36
Trinity College Dublin
Constituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland
#56 institution's overall influence
Concordia University
# 37
Concordia University
University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
#279 institution's overall influence
University of Sussex
# 38
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
#147 institution's overall influence
York University
# 39
York University
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#193 institution's overall influence
University of Texas at Austin
# 40
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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Barnard College
# 41
Barnard College
Private women's liberal arts college in the United States
#124 institution's overall influence
#65 student desirability

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
# 42
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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Bard College
# 43
Bard College
Private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
#293 institution's overall influence
#998 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

65%

Graduation

78%

Student body

2K

Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Brooklyn College
# 44
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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University of Calcutta
# 45
University of Calcutta
Public state university in Kolkata, West Bengal
#77 institution's overall influence
Duke University
# 46
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 at Buffalo
# 47
University at Buffalo
University with campuses in and around Buffalo, NY and Amherst, NY
#98 institution's overall influence
#1348 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

74%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/26

Buffalo, NY

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Emory University
# 48
Emory University
Private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
#111 institution's overall influence
#41 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

19%

Graduation

91%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1435/32

Atlanta, GA

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# 49
University of Kent
Public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom
#309 institution's overall influence
Hunter College
# 50
Hunter College
University in New York City
#172 institution's overall influence
#1193 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

36%

Graduation

53%

Student body

19K

New York, NY

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