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List Rules "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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1
2,578 1,992
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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2
2,172 1,616
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford University Stanford, California, United States of America

3
1,921 1,645
Yale University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

4
1,873 1,660
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Columbia University Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
1,500 1,447
Massachusetts Institute of Tec... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

6
1,601 1,384
Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

7
1,228 1,100
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom

8
1,394 1,357
University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California, United States of America

9
1,187 1,148
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cornell University Ithaca, New York, United States of America

10
1,053 1,073
University of Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
856 786
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom

12
2,767 2,630
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

13
843 1,109
New York University is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
New York University New York City, New York, United States of America

14
735 856
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, United States of America

15
1,126 1,242
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Brown University Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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16
712 865
University of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

17
917 1,051
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Duke University Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

18
664 720
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

19
641 565
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Georgetown University Washington, D.C., United States of America

20
643 693
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

21
223 240
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California, United States of America

22
535 563
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

23
549 741
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

24
654 797
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

25
261 234
University of Michigan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
CraigNykiel added University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

26
541 980
California Institute of Techno... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California, United States of America

27
341 414
University of Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom

28
118 195
United States Military Academy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
schaferj added United States Military Academy Highlands, New York, United States of America - West Point!

29
335 427
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Rice University Houston, Texas, United States of America

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30
90 152
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
asdfasdf added Boston University Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
297 486
University of Paris IV: Paris-... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

32
81 83
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

33
99 139
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
HP12 added Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
118 161
University of North Carolina a... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
SeanPatrickMagee added University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

35
90 135
Washington University in St. L... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

36
113 180
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
EvanAlexanderRoney added University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, United States of America - Public University

37
292 430
St. Andrew's University is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

38
85 107
Boston College is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sonof100maniacs added Boston College Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

39
89 158
George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
philipjhorowitz added George Washington University Washington, D.C., United States of America - Private University

40
81 113
United States Naval Academy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America

41
143 255
University of San Diego is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sarahsojungoh added University of San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

42
302 360
Imperial College London is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom

43
346 424
Amherst College is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Amherst College Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

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44
312 540
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
pfr10708 added Fordham University New York City, New York, United States of America

45
311 617
University of Georgia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia, United States of America

46
64 104
United States Air Force Academ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

47
35 50
Purdue University is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Purdue University West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana

48
60 104
University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sbhamm added University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland, United States of America

49
277 495
Florida State University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

50
55 109
University of Toronto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Dream Colleges