College The Top Dream Colleges  

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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
2,861 2,264
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

2
2,509 1,817
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford, California, United States of America

3
2,136 1,858
Yale University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

4
2,064 1,883
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
1,682 1,633
Massachusetts Institute of Tec... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

6
1,816 1,550
Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

7
1,406 1,259
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Oxford, United Kingdom

8
1,550 1,596
University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Berkeley, California, United States of America

9
983 926
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, United Kingdom

10
1,205 1,233
University of Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
1,331 1,366
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Ithaca, New York, United States of America

12
2,899 2,813
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

13
901 1,034
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

14
986 1,337
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
851 1,017
University of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

16
1,261 1,386
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

17
1,069 1,191
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

18
358 384
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

19
759 681
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Washington, D.C., United States of America

20
754 814
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

21
755 839
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

22
645 848
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

23
399 344
University of Michigan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
CraigNykiel added Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

24
752 885
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

25
622 690
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America