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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
2,778 2,168
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

2
2,406 1,744
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford, California, United States of America

3
2,068 1,786
Yale University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

4
1,999 1,808
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
1,627 1,566
Massachusetts Institute of Tec... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

6
1,738 1,500
Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

7
1,354 1,200
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Oxford, United Kingdom

8
1,507 1,515
University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Berkeley, California, United States of America

9
942 871
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cambridge, United Kingdom

10
1,156 1,170
University of Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
1,283 1,289
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Ithaca, New York, United States of America

12
2,845 2,753
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

13
848 968
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

14
937 1,253
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
803 952
University of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

16
1,219 1,329
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

17
1,012 1,134
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

18
301 329
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

19
718 630
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Washington, D.C., United States of America

20
717 765
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

21
723 795
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

22
612 803
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

23
346 297
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
586 639
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

25
712 845
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

26
592 1,025
California Institute of Techno... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Pasadena, California, United States of America

27
366 458
University of Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

28
151 241
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
126 121
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

30
133 166
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
127 206
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
asdfasdf added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

32
164 190
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
367 466
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Houston, Texas, United States of America

34
317 520
University of Paris IV: Paris-... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

35
152 213
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
129 164
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
HP12 added Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
111 133
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
117 143
Boston College is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sonof100maniacs added Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

39
109 191
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
298 451
St. Andrew's University is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

41
338 636
University of Georgia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Athens, Georgia, United States of America

42
82 119
United States Air Force Academ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

43
319 375
Imperial College London is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
London, United Kingdom

44
38 100
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
San Diego, California, United States of America

45
58 70
Purdue University is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana

46
368 444
Amherst College is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

47
152 282
University of San Diego is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sarahsojungoh added San Diego, California, United States of America

48
324 569
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America

49
314 379
Emory University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

50
68 125
University of Toronto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Toronto, Canada