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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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2,764 2,152
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

2
2,381 1,734
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford University Stanford, California, United States of America

3
2,055 1,769
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
1,985 1,796
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Columbia University Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
1,618 1,554
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
1,726 1,490
Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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1,342 1,195
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom

8
1,493 1,507
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
1,272 1,277
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cornell University Ithaca, New York, United States of America

10
1,149 1,160
University of Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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936 863
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom

12
2,839 2,739
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

13
930 1,241
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
840 962
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

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1,215 1,322
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Brown University Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

16
794 947
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
1,009 1,126
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Duke University Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

18
714 759
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

19
712 627
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Georgetown University Washington, D.C., United States of America

20
719 790
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

21
294 325
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
605 798
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

23
583 635
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

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337 293
University of Michigan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
CraigNykiel added University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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708 844
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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590 1,022
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

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365 454
University of Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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146 238
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!

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121 119
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

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125 204
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
asdfasdf added Boston University Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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362 464
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Rice University Houston, Texas, United States of America

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129 166
Washington University in St. L... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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160 189
University of North Carolina a... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
SeanPatrickMagee added University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

34
315 520
University of Paris IV: Paris-... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

35
127 163
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
HP12 added Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

36
149 212
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
107 133
United States Naval Academy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America

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116 142
Boston College is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sonof100maniacs added Boston College Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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108 189
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

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298 451
St. Andrew's University is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

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338 635
University of Georgia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia, United States of America

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319 375
Imperial College London is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom

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368 442
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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79 118
United States Air Force Academ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

45
36 98
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of California, San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

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55 68
Purdue University is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Purdue University West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana

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152 280
University of San Diego is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sarahsojungoh added University of San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

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323 565
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
pfr10708 added Fordham University New York City, New York, United States of America

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312 378
Emory University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Emory University Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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67 124
University of Toronto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Toronto Toronto, Canada