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Harvard University
# 1
#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 Chicago
# 2
#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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School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 3
#134 overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
Columbia University
# 4
#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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# 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 London
# 6
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
University of Manchester
# 7
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
University of Michigan
# 8
#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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Yale University
# 9
#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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Stanford University
# 10
#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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Princeton University
# 11
#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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Northwestern University
# 12
#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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Humboldt University of Berlin
# 13
#12 overall influence
Humboldt University of Berlin
University in Germany
New York University
# 14
#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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Cornell University
# 15
#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 Pennsylvania
# 16
#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 Cambridge
# 17
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
# 18
#208 overall influence
Paris 8 University
Public university in Paris, France
University of Toronto
# 19
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Wisconsin–Madison
# 20
#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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The New School
# 21
#89 overall influence
#1438 desirability score
The New School
University in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

57%

Graduation

68%

Student body

10K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/27

New York, NY

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 22
#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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# 23
#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 Oxford
# 24
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
Johns Hopkins University
# 25
#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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Heidelberg University
# 26
#22 overall influence
Heidelberg University
Public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Goethe University Frankfurt
# 27
#83 overall influence
Goethe University Frankfurt
University in Frankfurt, Germany
Bielefeld University
# 28
#533 overall influence
Bielefeld University
University in Bielefeld, Germany
University of Arizona
# 29
#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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University of Bonn
# 30
#30 overall influence
University of Bonn
Public research university located in Bonn, Germany
Rutgers University
# 31
#47 overall influence
Rutgers University
Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States
# 32
#356 overall influence
Tunis University
University in Tunisia
University of Essex
# 33
#253 overall influence
University of Essex
University in Essex, United Kingdom
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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University of Vienna
# 35
#19 overall influence
University of Vienna
Public university in Vienna, Austria
University of Maryland
# 36
#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 Warsaw
# 37
#119 overall influence
University of Warsaw
Largest university in Poland
Duke University
# 38
#31 overall influence
#12 desirability score
Duke University
Private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

9%

Graduation

95%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1510/34

Durham, NC

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# 39
#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 Notre Dame
# 40
#116 overall influence
#23 desirability score
University of Notre Dame
Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana, United States

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

18%

Graduation

95%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1475/34

Notre Dame, IN

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Leipzig University
# 41
#21 overall influence
Leipzig University
University in Leipzig, Germany
University of Minnesota
# 42
#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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George Mason University
# 43
#190 overall influence
#548 desirability score
George Mason University
Public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, Virginia

Tuition + fees

$12K

Acceptance

81%

Graduation

70%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1220/27

Fairfax, VA

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# 44
#1411 overall influence
Open University of Catalonia
Online Spanish university
University of Jena
# 45
#35 overall influence
University of Jena
University located in Jena, Thuringia, Germany
Boston University
# 46
#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 Freiburg
# 47
#48 overall influence
University of Freiburg
University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
# 48
#98 overall influence
#1348 desirability score
University at Buffalo
University with campuses in and around Buffalo, NY and Amherst, NY

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

74%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/26

Buffalo, NY

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University of Lancaster
# 49
#280 overall influence
University of Lancaster
Research university in Lancaster, United Kingdom
University of Texas at Austin
# 50
#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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