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List of the most influential schools in Physics, 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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
#9 institution's overall influence
#3 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

93%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1535/35

Cambridge, MA

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Princeton University
# 3
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 California, Berkeley
# 4
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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University of Cambridge
# 5
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
California Institute of Technology
# 6
California Institute of Technology
Private research university located in Pasadena, California
#27 institution's overall influence
#9 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1555/35

Pasadena, CA

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Stanford University
# 7
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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Cornell University
# 8
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 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 London
# 10
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
Leiden University
# 11
Leiden University
University in Leiden, Netherlands
#29 institution's overall influence
Columbia University
# 12
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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Imperial College London
# 13
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
#50 institution's overall influence
University of Oxford
# 14
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
University of California, San Diego
# 15
University of California, San Diego
Public university in La Jolla, California, United States
#49 institution's overall influence
#71 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

30%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/30

La Jolla, CA

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University of Texas at Austin
# 16
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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Humboldt University of Berlin
# 17
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
#12 institution's overall influence
University of California, Santa Barbara
# 18
University of California, Santa Barbara
Public university near Goleta, California, United States and part of the University of California system
#94 institution's overall influence
#100 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

32%

Graduation

82%

Student body

26K

Median SAT/ACT

1345/30

Santa Barbara, CA

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Yale University
# 19
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 Manchester
# 20
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
#37 institution's overall influence
Johns Hopkins University
# 21
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 Göttingen
# 22
University of Göttingen
University in the city of Göttingen, Germany
#18 institution's overall influence
University of Waterloo
# 23
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
#168 institution's overall influence
University of Michigan
# 24
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
# 25
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
# 26
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
German university in Munich, Bavaria
#25 institution's overall influence
Rice University
# 27
Rice University
University in Houston, Texas, USA
#93 institution's overall influence
#15 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$47K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

93%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Houston, TX

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University of California, Los Angeles
# 28
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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Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
# 29
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
University in Russia
#435 institution's overall influence
University of Minnesota
# 30
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 Zurich
# 31
University of Zurich
University in Switzerland
#40 institution's overall influence
# 32
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
#64 institution's overall influence
New York University
# 33
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 Maryland
# 34
University of Maryland
Public research university in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland
#79 institution's overall influence
#214 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

47%

Graduation

87%

Student body

35K

Median SAT/ACT

1380/31

College Park, MD

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University of Edinburgh
# 35
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 36
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Public research university in Madison, Wisconsin., USA
#26 institution's overall influence
#216 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

85%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/29

Madison, WI

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University of Pennsylvania
# 37
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 Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
# 38
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Public research university in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, United States
#46 institution's overall influence
#162 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

62%

Graduation

85%

Student body

52K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Champaign, IL

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Australian National University
# 39
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
#107 institution's overall influence
University of Arizona
# 40
University of Arizona
Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States
#88 institution's overall influence
#605 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

84%

Graduation

60%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1190/24

Tucson, AZ

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Charles University
# 41
Charles University
Oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic
#59 institution's overall influence
University of Bern
# 42
University of Bern
University in the Swiss capital of Bern
#139 institution's overall influence
University of Colorado Boulder
# 43
University of Colorado Boulder
Public university in Boulder, Colorado, USA and flagship of the University of Colorado System
#164 institution's overall influence

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

82%

Graduation

70%

Student body

32K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/28

Boulder, CO

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University of Vienna
# 44
University of Vienna
Public university in Vienna, Austria
#19 institution's overall influence
# 45
University of Tokyo
National research university in Tokyo, Japan
#135 institution's overall influence
University of Washington
# 46
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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# 47
University of Birmingham
University in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
#54 institution's overall influence
Moscow State University
# 48
Moscow State University
University in Moscow, Russia
#95 institution's overall influence
Sapienza University of Rome
# 49
Sapienza University of Rome
Italian university founded in Rome in 1303
#114 institution's overall influence
Tel Aviv University
# 50
Tel Aviv University
Israeli University in Tel Aviv
#151 institution's overall influence