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University of Manchester
# 1
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
Harvard University
# 2
#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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 3
#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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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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# 5
#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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University of Cambridge
# 6
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
California Institute of Technology
# 7
#27 overall influence
#9 desirability score
California Institute of Technology
Private research university located in Pasadena, California

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1555/35

Pasadena, CA

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Stanford University
# 8
#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
# 9
#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 Chicago
# 10
#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 London
# 11
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
# 12
#240 overall influence
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University in Karlsruhe established in 2009 from the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Research Center
Leiden University
# 13
#29 overall influence
Leiden University
University in Leiden, Netherlands
Columbia University
# 14
#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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# 15
#50 overall influence
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
University of Oxford
# 16
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
# 17
#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 Texas at Austin
# 18
#41 overall influence
#43 desirability score
University of Texas at Austin
Public research university in Austin, Texas, United States

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
# 19
#12 overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
# 20
#94 overall influence
#100 desirability score
University of California, Santa Barbara
Public university near Goleta, California, United States and part of the University of California system

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

32%

Graduation

82%

Student body

26K

Median SAT/ACT

1345/30

Santa Barbara, CA

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Yale University
# 21
#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
# 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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University of Göttingen
# 23
#18 overall influence
University of Göttingen
University in the city of Göttingen, Germany
University of Waterloo
# 24
#168 overall influence
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
University of Michigan
# 25
#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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University of Toronto
# 26
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
# 27
#25 overall influence
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
German university in Munich, Bavaria
Rice University
# 28
#93 overall influence
#15 desirability score
Rice University
University in Houston, Texas, USA

Tuition + fees

$47K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

93%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Houston, TX

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# 29
#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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Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
# 30
#435 overall influence
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
University in Russia
University of Minnesota
# 31
#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 Zurich
# 32
#40 overall influence
University of Zurich
University in Switzerland
# 33
#64 overall influence
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
New York University
# 34
#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 Maryland
# 35
#79 overall influence
#214 desirability score
University of Maryland
Public research university in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland

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
# 36
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 37
#26 overall influence
#216 desirability score
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Public research university in Madison, Wisconsin., USA

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

85%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/29

Madison, WI

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University of Pennsylvania
# 38
#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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University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
# 39
#46 overall influence
#162 desirability score
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Public research university in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, United States

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

62%

Graduation

85%

Student body

52K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Champaign, IL

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Australian National University
# 40
#107 overall influence
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
University of Arizona
# 41
#88 overall influence
#605 desirability score
University of Arizona
Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

84%

Graduation

60%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1190/24

Tucson, AZ

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Charles University
# 42
#59 overall influence
Charles University
Oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic
University of Bern
# 43
#139 overall influence
University of Bern
University in the Swiss capital of Bern
# 44
#164 overall influence
University of Colorado Boulder
Public university in Boulder, Colorado, USA and flagship of the University of Colorado System

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

82%

Graduation

70%

Student body

32K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/28

Boulder, CO

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