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The Best College Acapella Groups 

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Updated November 22, 2019 3.7k votes 516 voters 6.5k views 96 items

To be among the best college a capella groups takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Some US college a capella groups get more street cred on campus than a school’s football team. But which collegiate a capella groups are the best?

College a capella groups have been around for over 100 years. The Whiffenspoofs, an a capella group out of Yale University, was founded in 1909. However, a capella has become more mainstream over the past decade after the success of the television show Glee and the trilogy of Pitch Perfect movies. A capella is an Italian term which means, “in the manner of the chapel.” Basically, it designates music that is entirely sung without the use of any instruments.

Some US college a capella groups add drum sounds with their mouths, while others opt to go with vocals only. Some collegiate a capella groups are entirely made of men, others are entirely composed of women, and a select few groups mix the genders to get a rich vocal range from soprano to tenor. Collegiate a capella groups perform in every genre from country to rock.

The best ensembles and singing groups square off in national competitions that can get as intense as any Division I college sports game. Check out these videos from some of the most impressive collegiate a capella groups from all over the country. Then, make your voice heard and vote up your favorites

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The Stanford Fleet Street Singers

College: Stanford University

Founded: 1981

Membership: Tenor/bass

 

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The Krokodiloes

College: Harvard University

Founded: 1946

Membership: Tenor/bass

 

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The Mendicants

College: Stanford University

Founded: 1963

Membership: Tenor/bass

 

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The Whiffenpoofs

College: Yale University

Founded: 1909

Membership: Tenor/bass

 

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Talisman

College: Stanford University

Founded: 1990

Membership: Mixed

 

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The YellowJackets

College: University of Rochester

Founded: 1956

Membership: Tenor/bass

 

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The Clef Hangers

College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Year Founded: 1977

Membership: Tenor/bass

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The Radcliffe Pitches

College: Harvard University

Founded: 1975

Membership: Soprano/alto
 

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The SoCal VoCals

College: University of Southern California

Founded: 1995

Membership: Mixed

 

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The Georgetown Chimes

College: Georgetown

Year Founded: 1946

Membership: Tenor/bass

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Vocal Point

College: Brigham Young University

Founded: 1991

Membership: Tenor/bass

 

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College: University of Pennsylvania

Year Founded: 1996

Membership: Tenor/bass

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Voices in Your Head

College: University of Chicago

Founded: 1998

Membership: Mixed

 

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The Beelzebubs

College: Tufts University

Year Founded: 1962

Membership: Tenor/bass

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The Chordials

College: Cornell University

Year Founded: 1997

Membership: Mixed

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Stanford Mixed Company

College: Stanford University

Founded: 1985

Membership: Mixed

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The Hullabahoos

College: University of Virginia

Founded: 1987

Membership: Tenor/bass

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Virginia Gentlemen

College: University of Virginia

Founded: 1953

Membership: Tenor/bass

 

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The Dartmouth Aires

College: Dartmouth College

Founded: 1946

Membership: Tenor/bass

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Harpur Harpeggios

College: Binghamton University

Founded: 1983

Membership: Soprano/alto

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Fundamentally Sound

College: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Founded: 2005

Membership: Tenor/bass

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The Academical Village People

College: University of Virginia

Year Founded: 1993

Membership: Tenor/bass

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Chai Town

College: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Year Founded: 2001

Membership: Tenor/bass

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The Brown Derbies

College: Brown University

Year Founded: 1982

Membership: Tenor/bass