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Columbia University
# 1
#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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University of Michigan
# 2
#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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Harvard University
# 3
#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 Southern California
# 4
#39 overall influence
#30 desirability score
University of Southern California
Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

13%

Graduation

92%

Student body

37K

Median SAT/ACT

1440/32

Los Angeles, CA

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New York University
# 5
#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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Boston University
# 6
#38 overall influence
#56 desirability score
Boston University
Private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

22%

Graduation

87%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

Boston, MA

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University of London
# 7
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
Clark Atlanta University
# 8
#777 overall influence
#443 desirability score
Clark Atlanta University
Historically Black University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Tuition + fees

$22K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

38%

Student body

4K

Median SAT/ACT

1030/19

Atlanta, GA

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Glasgow Caledonian University
# 9
#1145 overall influence
Glasgow Caledonian University
University in Scotland
University of Toronto
# 10
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Washington
# 11
#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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Washington University in St. Louis
# 12
#66 overall influence
#20 desirability score
Washington University in St. Louis
University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

94%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/33

Saint Louis, MO

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# 13
#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 Chicago
# 14
#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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Rockford College
# 15
#805 overall influence
#259 desirability score
Rockford College
American liberal arts college

Tuition + fees

$31K

Acceptance

49%

Graduation

49%

Student body

1K

Median SAT/ACT

1090/21

Rockford, IL

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Yale University
# 16
#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 Pennsylvania
# 17
#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 Connecticut
# 18
#270 overall influence
#1460 desirability score
University of Connecticut
Public research university in Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

49%

Graduation

82%

Student body

25K

Median SAT/ACT

1315/28

Storrs, CT

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# 19
#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 Texas at Austin
# 20
#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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# 21
#232 overall influence
New York University Tandon School of Engineering
School of New York University
University of Auckland
# 22
#284 overall influence
University of Auckland
University in New Zealand
Florida State University
# 23
#150 overall influence
#174 desirability score
Florida State University
University in the United States

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

37%

Graduation

80%

Student body

39K

Median SAT/ACT

1275/28

Tallahassee, FL

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University of Pittsburgh
# 24
#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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University of Sydney
# 25
#78 overall influence
University of Sydney
Australian university founded in 1850
Cornell University
# 26
#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 Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
# 27
#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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McGill University
# 28
#42 overall influence
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
Johns Hopkins University
# 29
#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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Case Western Reserve University
# 30
#141 overall influence
#110 desirability score
Case Western Reserve University
University in Ohio, United States

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

82%

Student body

9K

Median SAT/ACT

1435/32

Cleveland, OH

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University of Delhi
# 31
#156 overall influence
University of Delhi
Central university located in New Delhi
Northwestern University
# 32
#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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University of Sussex
# 33
#147 overall influence
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
Brandeis University
# 34
#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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# 35
#60 overall influence
City College of New York
Senior college of the City University of New York in New York City

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

48%

Graduation

47%

Student body

13K

New York, NY

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Fordham University
# 36
#160 overall influence
#66 desirability score
Fordham University
Private research university in New York City

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

46%

Graduation

80%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1340/30

Bronx, NY

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University of Manchester
# 37
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
University of Western Ontario
# 38
#195 overall influence
University of Western Ontario
Public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada
# 39
#172 overall influence
#1193 desirability score
Hunter College
University in New York City

Tuition + fees

$7K

Acceptance

36%

Graduation

53%

Student body

19K

New York, NY

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University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 40
#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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Sarah Lawrence College
# 41
#227 overall influence
#1422 desirability score
Sarah Lawrence College
Private liberal arts college in the United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

82%

Student body

2K

Median SAT/ACT

1330/29

Bronxville, NY

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Tulane University
# 42
#204 overall influence
#107 desirability score
Tulane University
Private research university in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

17%

Graduation

83%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1420/31

New Orleans, LA

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University
# 43
#812 overall influence
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Public Research University in Hong Kong
Virginia Commonwealth University
# 44
#449 overall influence
#994 desirability score
Virginia Commonwealth University
Public research university in Richmond, VA, USA

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

86%

Graduation

62%

Student body

26K

Median SAT/ACT

1165/24

Richmond, VA

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University of Waterloo
# 45
#168 overall influence
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
University of Minnesota
# 46
#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 Haifa
# 47
#493 overall influence
University of Haifa
Israeli University in Haifa
Portland State University
# 48
#523 overall influence
#448 desirability score
Portland State University
University in Portland, Oregon, United States

Tuition + fees

$8K

Acceptance

90%

Graduation

48%

Student body

21K

Median SAT/ACT

1120/21

Portland, OR

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 49
#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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City University of New York
# 50
#120 overall influence
City University of New York
Public university system in New York City