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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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University of London
# 2
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
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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Princeton University
# 4
#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 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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University of Manchester
# 6
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
University of Oxford
# 7
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
# 8
#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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Yale University
# 9
#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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University of Cambridge
# 10
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
New York University
# 11
#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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# 12
#208 overall influence
Paris 8 University
Public university in Paris, France
Humboldt University of Berlin
# 13
#12 overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 14
#134 overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 15
#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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University of Michigan
# 16
#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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Stanford University
# 17
#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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Cornell University
# 18
#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 Bonn
# 19
#30 overall influence
University of Bonn
Public research university located in Bonn, Germany
# 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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University of Edinburgh
# 21
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
Johns Hopkins University
# 22
#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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Goethe University Frankfurt
# 23
#83 overall influence
Goethe University Frankfurt
University in Frankfurt, Germany
University of Freiburg
# 24
#48 overall influence
University of Freiburg
University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Northwestern University
# 25
#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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Leipzig University
# 26
#21 overall influence
Leipzig University
University in Leipzig, Germany
Wesleyan University
# 27
#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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University of Pennsylvania
# 28
#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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# 29
#49 overall influence
#71 desirability score
University of California, San Diego
Public university in La Jolla, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

30%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/30

La Jolla, CA

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University of Toronto
# 30
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Vienna
# 31
#19 overall influence
University of Vienna
Public university in Vienna, Austria
University of Pittsburgh
# 32
#67 overall influence
#987 desirability score
University of Pittsburgh
State-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Tuition + fees

$19K

Acceptance

59%

Graduation

81%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1350/30

Pittsburgh, PA

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# 33
#157 overall influence
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
University of Göttingen
# 34
#18 overall influence
University of Göttingen
University in the city of Göttingen, Germany
Heidelberg University
# 35
#22 overall influence
Heidelberg University
Public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
University of Jena
# 36
#35 overall influence
University of Jena
University located in Jena, Thuringia, Germany
Duke University
# 37
#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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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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University of Notre Dame
# 39
#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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Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
# 40
#25 overall influence
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
German university in Munich, Bavaria
University of Marburg
# 41
#68 overall influence
University of Marburg
German university
# 42
#100 overall influence
#87 desirability score
University of California, Irvine
Public research university in Irvine, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1300/29

Irvine, CA

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University of Essex
# 43
#253 overall influence
University of Essex
University in Essex, United Kingdom
Australian National University
# 44
#107 overall influence
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
# 45
#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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Rutgers University
# 46
#47 overall influence
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
University of Minnesota
# 47
#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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University of Tübingen
# 48
#51 overall influence
University of Tübingen
Public research university located in the city of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
# 49
#81 overall influence
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israeli University in Jerusalem
University of Sussex
# 50
#147 overall influence
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK