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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
2,582 1,997
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
2,179 1,620
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Stanford University Stanford, California, United States of America

3
1,929 1,646
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
1,878 1,663
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Columbia University Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
1,502 1,453
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
1,605 1,387
Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

7
1,233 1,102
University of Oxford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom

8
1,397 1,364
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
1,188 1,155
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Cornell University Ithaca, New York, United States of America

10
1,057 1,075
University of Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

11
857 790
University of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom

12
2,770 2,632
Dartmouth College is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America

13
844 1,115
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
735 860
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

15
1,129 1,243
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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16
712 870
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
921 1,052
Duke University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Duke University Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

18
668 722
Johns Hopkins University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

19
644 568
Georgetown University is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Georgetown University Washington, D.C., United States of America

20
648 696
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

21
539 566
University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

22
224 242
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California, United States of America

23
552 741
Vanderbilt University is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

24
655 800
University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

25
265 235
University of Michigan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
CraigNykiel added University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

26
542 981
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

27
342 415
University of Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom

28
120 195
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!

29
92 153
Boston University is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
asdfasdf added Boston University Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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30
336 428
Rice University is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Rice University Houston, Texas, United States of America

31
298 486
University of Paris IV: Paris-... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

32
83 84
University of Michigan--Ann Ar... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

33
102 139
Carnegie Mellon University is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
HP12 added Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

34
92 135
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

35
120 162
University of North Carolina a... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
SeanPatrickMagee added University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

36
114 181
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
292 430
St. Andrew's University is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Dream Colleges

38
89 158
George Washington University is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
philipjhorowitz added George Washington University Washington, D.C., United States of America - Private University

39
85 108
Boston College is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sonof100maniacs added Boston College Newton, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

40
82 113
United States Naval Academy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America

41
143 255
University of San Diego is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sarahsojungoh added University of San Diego San Diego, California, United States of America

42
304 360
Imperial College London is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom

43
347 424
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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44
313 540
Fordham University is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
pfr10708 added Fordham University New York City, New York, United States of America

45
65 104
United States Air Force Academ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
zxray added United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

46
312 617
University of Georgia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia, United States of America

47
60 104
University of Maryland, Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
sbhamm added University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland, United States of America

48
35 51
Purdue University is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Purdue University West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Indiana

49
277 496
Florida State University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Dream Colleges
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

50
55 109
University of Toronto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Dream Colleges