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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
2,787 2,189
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

2
2,423 1,760
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford, California, United States of America

3
2,077 1,802
Yale University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

4
2,005 1,823
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
1,636 1,580
Massachusetts Institute of Tec... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

6
1,748 1,513
Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

7
1,367 1,211
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Oxford, United Kingdom

8
1,514 1,532
University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Berkeley, California, United States of America

9
950 882
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, United Kingdom

10
1,160 1,189
University of Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
1,287 1,304
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Ithaca, New York, United States of America

12
2,853 2,767
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

13
860 982
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

14
944 1,275
New York University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
New York City, New York, United States of America

15
810 968
University of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

16
1,228 1,344
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

17
1,023 1,147
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

18
313 344
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

19
728 645
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Washington, D.C., United States of America

20
725 780
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

21
730 810
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

22
620 816
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

23
725 853
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

24
355 311
University of Michigan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
CraigNykiel added Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

25
592 654
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

26
596 1,035
California Institute of Techno... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Pasadena, California, United States of America

27
370 469
University of Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

28
154 252
United States Military Academy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
schaferj added Highlands, New York, United States of America - West Point!

29
131 129
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

30
136 173
Washington University in St. L... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

31
321 525
University of Paris IV: Paris-... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

32
168 197
University of North Carolina a... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
SeanPatrickMagee added Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

33
368 474
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Houston, Texas, United States of America

34
128 214
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
asdfasdf added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

35
154 221
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
EvanAlexanderRoney added Austin, Texas, United States of America - Public University

36
130 173
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
HP12 added Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
112 142
United States Naval Academy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America

38
121 153
Boston College is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sonof100maniacs added Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

39
111 200
George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
philipjhorowitz added Washington, D.C., United States of America - Private University

40
344 643
University of Georgia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Athens, Georgia, United States of America

41
299 460
St. Andrew's University is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

42
323 378
Imperial College London is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
London, United Kingdom

43
42 104
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
San Diego, California, United States of America

44
374 450
Amherst College is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

45
82 126
United States Air Force Academ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

46
154 288
University of San Diego is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sarahsojungoh added San Diego, California, United States of America

47
73 128
University of Toronto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Toronto, Canada

48
318 383
Emory University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

49
326 577
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America

50
58 79
Purdue University is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana