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List of the most influential schools in Political Science, 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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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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Yale University
# 3
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 London
# 4
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
University of Chicago
# 5
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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Stanford University
# 6
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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University of California, Berkeley
# 7
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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Princeton University
# 8
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 Michigan
# 9
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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New York University
# 10
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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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 11
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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University of Toronto
# 12
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
University of Oxford
# 13
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
Johns Hopkins University
# 14
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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Georgetown University
# 15
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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University of Pennsylvania
# 16
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 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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Northwestern University
# 18
Northwestern University
Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States
#28 institution's overall influence
#24 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

94%

Student body

19K

Median SAT/ACT

1490/34

Evanston, IL

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Cornell University
# 19
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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Duke University
# 20
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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McGill University
# 21
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
#42 institution's overall influence
George Washington University
# 22
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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Sciences Po
# 23
Sciences Po
Prestigious French university based in Paris
#205 institution's overall influence
University of Southern California
# 24
University of Southern California
Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States
#39 institution's overall influence
#30 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

13%

Graduation

92%

Student body

37K

Median SAT/ACT

1440/32

Los Angeles, CA

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
# 25
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israeli University in Jerusalem
#81 institution's overall influence
University of Essex
# 26
University of Essex
University in Essex, United Kingdom
#253 institution's overall influence
American University
# 27
American University
Private liberal arts and research-based university in Washington, D.C.
#197 institution's overall influence
#113 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$48K

Acceptance

32%

Graduation

81%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1300/29

Washington, DC

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Brown University
# 28
Brown University
University in Providence, Rhode Island
#36 institution's overall influence
#7 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

96%

Student body

9K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Providence, RI

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Boston University
# 29
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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Tel Aviv University
# 30
Tel Aviv University
Israeli University in Tel Aviv
#151 institution's overall influence
University of Cambridge
# 31
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
University of Minnesota
# 32
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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Tufts University
# 33
Tufts University
Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts
#73 institution's overall influence
#25 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1455/32

Medford, MA

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University of Virginia
# 34
University of Virginia
Public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
#43 institution's overall influence
#40 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

26%

Graduation

94%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/32

Charlottesville, VA

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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 35
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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Rutgers University
# 36
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
#47 institution's overall influence
University of Washington
# 37
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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University of California, San Diego
# 38
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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Australian National University
# 39
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
#107 institution's overall influence
# 40
Brooklyn College
Senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn
#112 institution's overall influence
#1381 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

44%

Graduation

51%

Student body

15K

Brooklyn, NY

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European University Institute
# 41
European University Institute
International postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institute established by European Union member states to contribute to cultural and scientific development in the social sciences
#760 institution's overall influence
Syracuse University
# 42
Syracuse University
University located in Syracuse, New York, United States
#84 institution's overall influence
#1450 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

50%

Graduation

82%

Student body

23K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/27

Syracuse, NY

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University of British Columbia
# 43
University of British Columbia
Public research university in British Columbia, Canada
#63 institution's overall influence
University of Texas at Austin
# 44
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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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
# 45
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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George Mason University
# 46
George Mason University
Public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, Virginia
#190 institution's overall influence
#548 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

81%

Graduation

70%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1220/27

Fairfax, VA

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Carleton University
# 47
Carleton University
University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
#257 institution's overall influence
Freie Universität Berlin
# 48
Freie Universität Berlin
Research university located in Berlin, Germany
#171 institution's overall influence
University of Notre Dame
# 49
University of Notre Dame
Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana, United States
#116 institution's overall influence
#23 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

18%

Graduation

95%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1475/34

Notre Dame, IN

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Washington University in St. Louis
# 50
Washington University in St. Louis
University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States
#66 institution's overall influence
#20 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

94%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/33

Saint Louis, MO

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