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List of the most influential schools in Nursing, for the years 2000 – 2020

University of London
# 1
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
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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New York University
# 3
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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University of Pennsylvania
# 4
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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Harvard University
# 5
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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Ulster University
# 6
Ulster University
Multi-campus university located in Northern Ireland
#707 institution's overall influence
Yale University
# 7
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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Johns Hopkins University
# 8
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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University of Edinburgh
# 9
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
Emory University
# 10
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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George Washington University
# 11
George Washington University
University in Washington, D.C.
#61 institution's overall influence
#76 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

42%

Graduation

84%

Student body

21K

Median SAT/ACT

1370/30

Washington, DC

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Teachers College
# 12
Teachers College
Graduate school of Columbia University
#295 institution's overall influence

Student body

4K

New York, NY

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University of Washington
# 13
University of Washington
Public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States
#44 institution's overall influence
#69 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

49%

Graduation

84%

Student body

46K

Median SAT/ACT

1340/29

Seattle, WA

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Arizona State University
# 14
Arizona State University
Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States
#153 institution's overall influence
#1312 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

85%

Graduation

67%

Student body

50K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/25

Tempe, AZ

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Central Philippine University
# 15
Central Philippine University
Private research university in Iloilo City, Philippines
#467 institution's overall influence
University of Minnesota
# 16
University of Minnesota
Public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
#34 institution's overall influence
#890 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$15K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

78%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1375/28

Minneapolis, MN

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University of California, Los Angeles
# 17
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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Duke University
# 18
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 of Michigan
# 19
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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Vanderbilt University
# 20
Vanderbilt University
Private research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States
#115 institution's overall influence
#16 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

10%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Nashville, TN

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Georgetown University
# 21
Georgetown University
Private university in Washington, D.C., United States
#69 institution's overall influence
#19 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

94%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1450/32

Washington, DC

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Rush University
# 22
Rush University
University
#1163 institution's overall influence

Tuition + fees

$30K

Student body

2K

Chicago, IL

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University of Florida
# 23
University of Florida
Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States
#101 institution's overall influence
#45 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

87%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1360/29

Gainesville, FL

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University of Toronto
# 24
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
# 25
University of Colorado
Public university system in Colorado, USA
#159 institution's overall influence
Michigan State University
# 26
Michigan State University
Public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States
#103 institution's overall influence
#1461 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

78%

Student body

43K

Median SAT/ACT

1210/26

East Lansing, MI

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Boston University
# 27
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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University of California, San Francisco
# 28
University of California, San Francisco
University
#165 institution's overall influence

Student body

1K

San Francisco, CA

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Cornell University
# 29
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 California, Berkeley
# 30
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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Navamindradhiraj University
# 31
Navamindradhiraj University
Public university in Bangkok, Thailand
#5159 institution's overall influence
University of Massachusetts Boston
# 32
University of Massachusetts Boston
American public university
#413 institution's overall influence
#641 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

45%

Student body

13K

Boston, MA

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Purdue University
# 33
Purdue University
Public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
#55 institution's overall influence
#1204 student desirability

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
# 34
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
#1359 institution's overall influence

Tuition + fees

$9K

Student body

5K

Lubbock, TX

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Stanford University
# 35
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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# 36
Moi University
University in kenya
#1508 institution's overall influence
University of Warwick
# 37
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
#157 institution's overall influence
East Carolina University
# 38
East Carolina University
Public research university in Greenville, North Carolina, United States
#765 institution's overall influence
#1186 student desirability

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
# 39
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
#74 institution's overall influence
#38 student desirability

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
# 40
University of Sydney
Australian university founded in 1850
#78 institution's overall influence
# 41
University of Wolverhampton
University in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
#1120 institution's overall influence
Florida Atlantic University
# 42
Florida Atlantic University
University in Boca Raton, Florida
#630 institution's overall influence
#1363 student desirability

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
# 43
Indiana University East
#2504 institution's overall influence
#1414 student desirability

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
# 44
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Health science university of the United States federal government
#1047 institution's overall influence
Boston College
# 45
Boston College
Private research university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States
#271 institution's overall influence
#49 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

28%

Graduation

93%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1405/32

Chestnut Hill, MA

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McMaster University
# 46
McMaster University
Public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
#146 institution's overall influence
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
# 47
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
#862 institution's overall influence
Curtin University
# 48
Curtin University
University in Perth, Western Australia
#822 institution's overall influence
University of the Philippines
# 49
University of the Philippines
National university of the Philippines
#281 institution's overall influence
# 50
Flinders University
Public university in Adelaide, South Australia
#704 institution's overall influence