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University of London
# 1
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
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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New York University
# 3
#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 Pennsylvania
# 4
#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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Harvard University
# 5
#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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Ulster University
# 6
#707 overall influence
Ulster University
Multi-campus university located in Northern Ireland
Yale University
# 7
#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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Johns Hopkins University
# 8
#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 Edinburgh
# 9
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
Emory University
# 10
#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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George Washington University
# 11
#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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# 12
#295 overall influence
Teachers College
Graduate school of Columbia University

Student body

4K

New York, NY

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University of Washington
# 13
#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 Manchester
# 14
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Arizona State University
# 15
#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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Central Philippine University
# 16
#467 overall influence
Central Philippine University
Private research university in Iloilo City, Philippines
University of Minnesota
# 17
#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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# 18
#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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Duke University
# 19
#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 Michigan
# 20
#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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Vanderbilt University
# 21
#115 overall influence
#16 desirability score
Vanderbilt University
Private research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

10%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Nashville, TN

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Georgetown University
# 22
#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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Rush University
# 23
#1163 overall influence
Rush University
University

Tuition + fees

$30K

Student body

2K

Chicago, IL

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# 24
#823 overall influence
United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals
Former medical school in London, United Kingdom
University of Florida
# 25
#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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University of Toronto
# 26
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
# 27
#159 overall influence
University of Colorado
Public university system in Colorado, USA
Michigan State University
# 28
#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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Boston University
# 29
#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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# 30
#165 overall influence
University of California, San Francisco
University

Student body

1K

San Francisco, CA

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Cornell University
# 31
#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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# 32
#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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Navamindradhiraj University
# 33
#5159 overall influence
Navamindradhiraj University
Public university in Bangkok, Thailand
University of Massachusetts Boston
# 34
#413 overall influence
#641 desirability score
University of Massachusetts Boston
American public university

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

45%

Student body

13K

Boston, MA

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Purdue University
# 35
#55 overall influence
#1204 desirability score
Purdue University
Public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

58%

Graduation

77%

Student body

40K

Median SAT/ACT

1295/28

West Lafayette, IN

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
# 36
#1359 overall influence
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Tuition + fees

$9K

Student body

5K

Lubbock, TX

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Stanford University
# 37
#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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# 38
#1508 overall influence
Moi University
University in kenya
# 39
#157 overall influence
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
East Carolina University
# 40
#765 overall influence
#1186 desirability score
East Carolina University
Public research university in Greenville, North Carolina, United States

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

82%

Graduation

61%

Student body

26K

Median SAT/ACT

1115/22

Greenville, NC

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
# 41
#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
# 42
#78 overall influence
University of Sydney
Australian university founded in 1850
# 43
#1120 overall influence
University of Wolverhampton
University in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Florida Atlantic University
# 44
#630 overall influence
#1363 desirability score
Florida Atlantic University
University in Boca Raton, Florida

Tuition + fees

$5K

Acceptance

59%

Graduation

50%

Student body

25K

Median SAT/ACT

1160/23

Boca Raton, FL

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Indiana University East
# 45
#2504 overall influence
#1414 desirability score
Indiana University East

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

65%

Graduation

32%

Student body

3K

Median SAT/ACT

1020/20

Richmond, IN

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
# 46
#1047 overall influence
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Health science university of the United States federal government
Boston College
# 47
#271 overall influence
#49 desirability score
Boston College
Private research university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

28%

Graduation

93%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1405/32

Chestnut Hill, MA

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McMaster University
# 48
#146 overall influence
McMaster University
Public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
# 49
#862 overall influence
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Curtin University
# 50
#822 overall influence
Curtin University
University in Perth, Western Australia