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Have you ever wondered where — or if — the world's billionaires attend college?

According to research firm Wealth-X, a large majority (70 percent) of the world's 2,473 ultrawealthy citizens earned a college degree. And when it comes time for a future billionaire to pick a university to attend, one school tops them all — Harvard University.

According to a Wealth X billionaire study, which was released last month, the elite Massachusetts university has awarded twice as many degrees to today's billionaires (134) as its closest runner-up, Stanford (67).

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41. College of William and Mary

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $56,400

Average SAT score: 1358

Student life score: B+

Annual net cost: $24,377

Chartered by King William III and Queen Mary II of England in 1693, the College of William and Mary stands as the second-oldest college in America, behind only Harvard. The school welcomes students from all over the world, including 49 US states and 68 different countries. Students end up exploring the world as well: nearly 50% study abroad during their tenure at the school.

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13. University of California, Santa Barbara.

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $52,000

Average SAT score: 1212

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost:$14,142

UC Santa Barbara is a global leader in science research and home to a well-established environmental studies program that’s had profound impact on the local, state, and national levels. Located on a 1,000-acre stretch of central California coast and serving about 19,360 undergraduate students, UCSB’s campus is the site of eight National Science Foundation-sponsored institutes, including the Southern California Earthquake Center and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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12. University of Delaware

Location: Newark, Delaware

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $54,300

Average SAT score: 1178

Student life score: A

Annual net cost: $15,998

Located halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., University of Delaware is a place for students who want to experience a little bit of everything. The research-focused university was the first to launch a study abroad program when a group of UDel students set sail for France in 1923, and now over 30% of UDel students study abroad every year.

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11. University of Texas at Austin

Location: Austin, Texas

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $52,800

Average SAT score: 1262

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $15,721

The flagship school in Texas’ collegiate system, UT Austin is home to over 51,000 students and 3,000 faculty. Undergraduates can choose from over 170 majors in the 13 different schools that make up the university at large. Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Marcia Gay Harden are both former Longhorns.

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10. Binghamton University

Location: Binghamton, New York

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $58,400

Average SAT score: 1297

Student life score: A-

Annual net cost: $16,541

The top public school in New York to make the list, Binghamton’s mission is to be world wise, innovative, and engaged. Students at Bing can choose from over 100 countries to study abroad, and its “Language across the Curriculum” program allows students to study for their courses outside their native tongue.

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9. University of Washington

Location: Seattle, Washington

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $52,100

Average SAT score: 1234

Student life score: A

Annual net cost: $11,904

UW’s flagship campus in Seattle —  the best college in the state of Washington, according to our ranking — is home to about 28,750 undergraduate students. The school boasts one of the highest college research budgets in the country with more than $2.5 billion in combined federal and non-federal funding and sponsored grants. A UW education is easily accessible, too, with an average annual net cost of attendance just under $12,000.

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8. University of Florida

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $51,300

Average SAT score: 1272

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $12,582

The University of Florida prides itself on its research facilities and encourages all students to partake, even during their freshman and sophomore years. For the 2015-2016 school year, UF received a record $724 million in funding for research projects. The school is also dedicated to creating a sustainable environment for its students; it aims to become carbon neutral by 2025.

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7. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Location: Champaign, Illinois

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $56,600

Average SAT score: 1303

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $18,798

In keeping with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s spotlight on research, its on-campus Research Park provides a space where tech-focused companies can develop new products and student interns can gain real-world experience. The space houses more than 100 companies, including Anheuser-Busch InBev and Dow Chemical, and it also serves as an incubator for early-stage startups.

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6. University of Maryland at College Park

Location: College Park, Maryland

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $59,100

Average SAT score: 1310

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $16,299

The flagship campus of the University of Maryland, College Park is located just 4 miles from the US capital. The school's notable alumni span industries and include Google cofounder Sergey Brin, Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, noted broadcast journalist Connie Chung, and comedian and "Seinfeld" creator Larry David.

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5. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $50,400

Average SAT score: 1313

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $13,322

One of the oldest public universities in the US, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 78 bachelor's degree programs, as varied as nutrition, Slavic languages, and political science. Students can also engage in the community around them through the Carolina Center for Public Service, which connects students with service opportunities through courses such as "Restoration Ecology" and "Community Journalism."

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4. University of California at Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $59,200

Average SAT score: 1289

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $13,723

Over the past 100 years, the University of California at Los Angeles has produced 13 Nobel laureates, 12 MacArthur Fellows, and a host of athletes who have won more than 250 Olympic medals combined. UCLA has made an impact in the business world as well, with more than 140 companies originating from technology developed at the school.

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3. University of California at Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, California

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $62,700

Average SAT score: 1350

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $13,769

UC Berkeley came in as the third-best public university on the list and is the oldest of the 10 University of California research colleges. The school is a top academic institution and an athletic powerhouse. The Cal Bears have an unmistakable presence at the Olympics, sending 16 student-athletes to compete for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Before this year's games, Berkeley students and alumni had won a combined 103 gold medals.

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2. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Median salary 10 years after enrolling$57,900

Average SAT score: 1352

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $16,287

Known for a stellar undergraduate business school, the University of Michigan counts business, psychology, and economics as its most popular majors. UM also reports that about half of all students who received a bachelor's degree go on to pursue a master's within four years of graduation. The school's notable alumni include New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Google cofounder Larry Page.

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1. University of Virginia

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Median salary 10 years after enrolling$58,600

Average SAT score: 1362

Student life score: A+

Annual net cost: $17,149

The highest-ranked public school on our list, the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. UVA first-year students can choose from four undergraduate schools: arts and sciences, architecture, engineering, or nursing. UVA also has a "work hard, play hard" mentality. The university boasts more than 600 student clubs and 25 varsity sports.

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CNBC asked Wealth-X to crunch the numbers and produce a list of the top 19 colleges for future billionaires. We've highlighted the top 10 universities from that list below:

  1. Harvard University: 134 degrees awarded to today's billionaires
  2. Stanford University: 67
  3. University of Pennsylvania: 54
  4. Columbia University: 43
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 31
  6. Cornell University: 26
  7. University of Southern California: 24
  8. Yale University: 23
  9. University of Chicago: 22
  10. New York University: 22

Of course, as CNBC notes, "While we can't promise billionaire status if you attend one of these institutions, it can't hurt your odds."

Click here to see CNBC's complete list of 19 billionaire colleges.

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