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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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2,739 2,133
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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2,355 1,717
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford University Stanford, California, United States of America

3
2,047 1,750
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

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1,971 1,776
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Columbia University Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

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1,602 1,541
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

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1,714 1,474
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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1,331 1,181
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom

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1,482 1,487
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

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1,265 1,257
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cornell University Ithaca, New York, United States of America

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1,137 1,145
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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927 851
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom

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2,827 2,724
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

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911 1,229
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

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826 950
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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1,206 1,309
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Brown University Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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781 936
University of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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1,001 1,114
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Duke University Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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705 749
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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712 778
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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695 618
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Georgetown University Washington, D.C., United States of America

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279 314
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

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599 791
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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574 627
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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328 285
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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696 840
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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582 1,016
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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361 448
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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139 233
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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115 115
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

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122 197
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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315 512
University of Paris IV: Paris-... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

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359 456
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Rice University Houston, Texas, United States of America

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154 182
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

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122 159
Washington University in St. L... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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141 206
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
EvanAlexanderRoney added University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, United States of America - Public University

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120 159
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
HP12 added Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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113 137
Boston College is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sonof100maniacs added Boston College Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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100 130
United States Naval Academy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America

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105 185
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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296 448
St. Andrew's University is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

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332 633
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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317 372
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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35 95
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of California, San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

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364 439
Amherst College is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Amherst College Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

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150 278
University of San Diego is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sarahsojungoh added University of San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

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75 115
United States Air Force Academ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

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323 561
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
pfr10708 added Fordham University New York City, New York, United States of America

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51 68
Purdue University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Purdue University West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana

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311 376
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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65 121
University of Toronto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Toronto Toronto, Canada