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List of the most influential schools for the years 2000 – 2020

Australian National University
# 51
Australian National University
University in Canberra, Australia
#107 institution's overall influence
University of Pittsburgh
# 52
University of Pittsburgh
State-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
#68 institution's overall influence
#987 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$19K

Acceptance

59%

Graduation

81%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1350/30

Pittsburgh, PA

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University of Iowa
# 53
University of Iowa
Public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, United States
#57 institution's overall influence
#369 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

83%

Graduation

72%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1225/25

Iowa City, IA

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University of Warwick
# 54
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
#157 institution's overall influence
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
# 55
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
French higher education institution
#134 institution's overall influence
Syracuse University
# 56
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 North Carolina at Chapel Hill
# 57
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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Washington University in St. Louis
# 58
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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Dartmouth College
# 59
Dartmouth College
University and liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
#53 institution's overall influence
#11 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

9%

Graduation

97%

Student body

6K

Median SAT/ACT

1490/33

Hanover, NH

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Brandeis University
# 60
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 Leeds
# 61
University of Leeds
University in Leeds, United Kingdom
#70 institution's overall influence
Tel Aviv University
# 62
Tel Aviv University
Israeli University in Tel Aviv
#151 institution's overall influence
University of East Anglia
# 63
University of East Anglia
University in Norwich, England
#149 institution's overall influence
University of Birmingham
# 64
University of Birmingham
University in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
#54 institution's overall influence
University of Sussex
# 65
University of Sussex
University in Brighton and Hove, UK
#147 institution's overall influence
University of California, Irvine
# 66
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 Sydney
# 67
University of Sydney
Australian university founded in 1850
#78 institution's overall influence
Michigan State University
# 68
Michigan State University
Public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States
#103 institution's overall influence
#1461 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

78%

Graduation

78%

Student body

43K

Median SAT/ACT

1210/26

East Lansing, MI

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University of Florida
# 69
University of Florida
Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States
#101 institution's overall influence
#45 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$6K

Acceptance

39%

Graduation

87%

Student body

45K

Median SAT/ACT

1360/29

Gainesville, FL

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Brigham Young University
# 70
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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University of Melbourne
# 71
University of Melbourne
Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria
#97 institution's overall influence
University of Utah
# 72
University of Utah
Public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
#80 institution's overall influence
#1235 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$9K

Acceptance

67%

Graduation

65%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1240/25

Salt Lake City, UT

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University of Vienna
# 73
University of Vienna
Public university in Vienna, Austria
#19 institution's overall influence
University of Waterloo
# 74
University of Waterloo
Public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
#168 institution's overall influence
The New School
# 75
The New School
University in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village
#89 institution's overall influence
#1438 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

57%

Graduation

68%

Student body

10K

Median SAT/ACT

1255/27

New York, NY

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Arizona State University
# 76
Arizona State University
Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States
#153 institution's overall influence
#1312 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

85%

Graduation

67%

Student body

50K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/25

Tempe, AZ

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University of Massachusetts Amherst
# 77
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Public university in Massachusetts, USA
#127 institution's overall influence
#953 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

60%

Graduation

76%

Student body

28K

Median SAT/ACT

1295/28

Amherst, MA

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Emory University
# 78
Emory University
Private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
#111 institution's overall influence
#41 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

19%

Graduation

91%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1435/32

Atlanta, GA

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University of Rochester
# 79
University of Rochester
Private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York, United States
#99 institution's overall influence
#61 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

85%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1410/32

Rochester, NY

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University of Delhi
# 80
University of Delhi
Central university located in New Delhi
#156 institution's overall influence
Vanderbilt University
# 81
Vanderbilt University
Private research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States
#115 institution's overall influence
#16 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

10%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Nashville, TN

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National University of Singapore
# 82
National University of Singapore
Autonomous research university in Singapore
#192 institution's overall influence
Leiden University
# 83
Leiden University
University in Leiden, Netherlands
#29 institution's overall influence
York University
# 84
York University
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#193 institution's overall influence
University of California, Santa Cruz
# 85
University of California, Santa Cruz
Public University of California campus in Santa Cruz
#174 institution's overall influence
#734 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

47%

Graduation

77%

Student body

20K

Median SAT/ACT

1295/29

Santa Cruz, CA

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George Mason University
# 86
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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University of Glasgow
# 87
University of Glasgow
University located in Glasgow, Scotland, founded in 1451
#33 institution's overall influence
University of Alberta
# 88
University of Alberta
Public research university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
#145 institution's overall influence
Wesleyan University
# 89
Wesleyan University
Private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut
#96 institution's overall influence
#34 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

17%

Graduation

91%

Student body

3K

Middletown, CT

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Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
# 90
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
German university in Munich, Bavaria
#25 institution's overall influence
University of Notre Dame
# 91
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 Nottingham
# 92
University of Nottingham
Russell Group public research university in Nottingham, England
#143 institution's overall influence
University at Buffalo
# 93
University at Buffalo
University with campuses in and around Buffalo, NY and Amherst, NY
#98 institution's overall influence
#1348 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$10K

Acceptance

56%

Graduation

74%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1245/26

Buffalo, NY

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University of California, San Francisco
# 94
University of California, San Francisco
University
#165 institution's overall influence

Student body

1K

San Francisco, CA

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Ohio State University
# 95
Ohio State University
Public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States
#102 institution's overall influence
#77 student desirability

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

84%

Student body

55K

Median SAT/ACT

1345/29

Columbus, OH

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University of Bonn
# 96
University of Bonn
Public research university located in Bonn, Germany
#30 institution's overall influence
Durham University
# 97
Durham University
Collegiate public research university in Durham, England, United Kingdom
#123 institution's overall influence
City University of New York
# 98
City University of New York
Public university system in New York City
#120 institution's overall influence
Brooklyn College
# 99
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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University of Göttingen
# 100
University of Göttingen
University in the city of Göttingen, Germany
#18 institution's overall influence