The Top Dream Colleges

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List Criteria: "Dream Colleges" include any four-year university you would attend if acceptance & cost were not an issue

This is a list of the greatest dream colleges and universities in the world. These aren't necessarily the best colleges - they're the places everyone wishes they'd attended to get their college education. From the best college campuses to the greatest party schools, this list is ranked by the wisdom of the crowd, so anyone can add their own dream colleges or vote on the schools below.

Whether you're looking for the best colleges or looking back with nostalgia on your college experience, you can vote for your dream schools here with this college ranker list. These are the schools you would have attended if money (and maybe academic requirements) weren't something to worry about or consider. Everyone has that reach school that they always dreamed of attending but knew in reality wasn't an option. So live vicariously through this list and upvote the colleges and universities you would have gone to if you could have!
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    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Stanford, California, United States of America

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    New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

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    Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Oxford, United Kingdom

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    Ithaca, New York, United States of America

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    Berkeley, California, United States of America

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Cambridge, United Kingdom

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    Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

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    Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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    Washington, D.C., United States of America

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    Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

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    Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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    Pasadena, California, United States of America

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    Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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    Highlands, New York, United States of America West Point!

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    Houston, Texas, United States of America

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    Paris, France

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    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Izumi, Japan

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    Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America Public University

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    St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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    San Diego, California, United States of America

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    Washington, D.C., United States of America Private University

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    San Diego, California, United States of America

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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    London, United Kingdom

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    Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America

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    Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    College Park, Maryland, United States of America

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    Athens, Georgia, United States of America

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    Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

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    Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

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