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List of the most influential schools in Religious Studies, 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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University of Chicago
# 2
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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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 Oxford
# 4
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
#11 institution's overall influence
University of California, Santa Barbara
# 5
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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University of London
# 6
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
#2 institution's overall influence
Columbia University
# 7
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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University of Cambridge
# 8
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
#4 institution's overall influence
University of California, Berkeley
# 9
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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Brigham Young University
# 10
Brigham Young University
Private research university in Provo, Utah, United States
#104 institution's overall influence
#102 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

64%

Graduation

83%

Student body

34K

Median SAT/ACT

1305/28

Provo, UT

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Princeton University
# 11
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 Toronto
# 12
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#23 institution's overall influence
Boston University
# 13
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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Stanford University
# 14
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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Humboldt University of Berlin
# 15
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
#12 institution's overall influence
University of Virginia
# 16
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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Duke University
# 17
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 Lancaster
# 18
University of Lancaster
Research university in Lancaster, United Kingdom
#280 institution's overall influence
Durham University
# 19
Durham University
Collegiate public research university in Durham, England, United Kingdom
#122 institution's overall influence
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
# 20
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israeli University in Jerusalem
#81 institution's overall influence
# 21
University of Birmingham
University in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
#54 institution's overall influence
McGill University
# 22
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
#42 institution's overall influence
Georgetown University
# 23
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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Rice University
# 24
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 Notre Dame
# 25
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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University of Göttingen
# 26
University of Göttingen
University in the city of Göttingen, Germany
#18 institution's overall influence
Northwestern University
# 27
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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University of Tübingen
# 28
University of Tübingen
Public research university located in the city of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
#51 institution's overall influence
Johns Hopkins University
# 29
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
# 30
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
#13 institution's overall influence
University of Freiburg
# 31
University of Freiburg
University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
#48 institution's overall influence
Brown University
# 32
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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# 33
University of Kent
Public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom
#309 institution's overall influence
Cornell University
# 34
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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Santa Clara University
# 35
Santa Clara University
Private non-profit Jesuit university located in Santa Clara, California
#375 institution's overall influence
#1245 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

50%

Graduation

89%

Student body

8K

Median SAT/ACT

1355/30

Santa Clara, CA

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The Catholic University of America
# 36
The Catholic University of America
Private Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
#200 institution's overall influence
#261 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$46K

Acceptance

84%

Graduation

70%

Student body

5K

Washington, DC

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Claremont Graduate University
# 37
Claremont Graduate University
University located in Claremont, California, United States
#385 institution's overall influence

Student body

1K

Claremont, CA

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New York University
# 38
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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# 39
University of Bristol
Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
#64 institution's overall influence
University of Michigan
# 40
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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Princeton Theological Seminary
# 41
Princeton Theological Seminary
Seminary
#354 institution's overall influence

Student body

0K

Princeton, NJ

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Queen's University
# 42
Queen's University
University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
#179 institution's overall influence
Brandeis University
# 43
Brandeis University
Private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts
#91 institution's overall influence
#167 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

31%

Graduation

90%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1390/31

Waltham, MA

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University of California, Riverside
# 44
University of California, Riverside
Public research university in Riverside, California, USA
#296 institution's overall influence
#919 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

51%

Graduation

73%

Student body

23K

Median SAT/ACT

1220/26

Riverside, CA

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University of Pennsylvania
# 45
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, Irvine
# 46
University of California, Irvine
Public research university in Irvine, California, United States
#100 institution's overall influence
#87 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1300/29

Irvine, CA

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
# 47
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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Wheaton College
# 48
Wheaton College
Christian liberal arts college in Wheaton, Illinois
#394 institution's overall influence
#1019 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$36K

Acceptance

83%

Graduation

91%

Student body

3K

Median SAT/ACT

1315/29

Wheaton, IL

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Jewish Theological Seminary of America
# 49
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Religious education organization located in New York, New York
#325 institution's overall influence

Tuition + fees

$57K

Acceptance

47%

Graduation

79%

Student body

0K

Median SAT/ACT

1430/32

New York, NY

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Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
# 50
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
German university in Munich, Bavaria
#25 institution's overall influence