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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
2,790 2,192
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

2
2,429 1,761
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford, California, United States of America

3
2,081 1,803
Yale University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

4
2,008 1,826
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
1,637 1,583
Massachusetts Institute of Tec... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

6
1,752 1,514
Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

7
1,368 1,214
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Oxford, United Kingdom

8
1,514 1,536
University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Berkeley, California, United States of America

9
951 884
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, United Kingdom

10
1,162 1,191
University of Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
1,290 1,305
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Ithaca, New York, United States of America

12
2,856 2,769
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

13
860 984
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

14
945 1,279
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
810 971
University of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

16
1,228 1,347
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

17
1,025 1,149
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

18
314 347
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

19
729 648
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Washington, D.C., United States of America

20
725 783
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

21
732 811
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

22
620 818
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

23
725 855
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

24
356 313
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
593 656
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

26
598 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
370 470
University of Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

28
155 253
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
131 131
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

30
137 174
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
321 526
University of Paris IV: Paris-... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

32
368 475
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Houston, Texas, United States of America

33
168 198
University of North Carolina a... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
SeanPatrickMagee added Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

34
128 215
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
asdfasdf added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

35
155 221
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
131 173
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
HP12 added Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
113 142
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
121 154
Boston College is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sonof100maniacs added Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

39
111 201
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
344 644
University of Georgia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Athens, Georgia, United States of America

41
299 461
St. Andrew's University is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

42
323 379
Imperial College London is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
London, United Kingdom

43
42 105
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
San Diego, California, United States of America

44
374 451
Amherst College is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

45
82 127
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
154 289
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
73 129
University of Toronto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Toronto, Canada

48
318 384
Emory University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

49
326 578
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 80
Purdue University is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana