The Best College Acapella Groups

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 Beelzebubs
    1

    The Beelzebubs

    College: Tufts University

    Year Founded: 1962

    Membership: Tenor/bass

  • The YellowJackets
    2

    The YellowJackets

    College: University of Rochester

    Founded: 1956

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • Vocal Point
    3

    Vocal Point

    College: Brigham Young University

    Founded: 1991

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • The SoCal VoCals
    4

    The SoCal VoCals

    College: University of Southern California

    Founded: 1995

    Membership: Mixed

     

  • College: University of Pennsylvania

    Year Founded: 1996

    Membership: Tenor/bass

  • Voices in Your Head
    6

    Voices in Your Head

    College: University of Chicago

    Founded: 1998

    Membership: Mixed

     

  • 7

    The Cornell Class Notes

  • The Clef Hangers
    8

    The Clef Hangers

    College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Year Founded: 1977

    Membership: Tenor/bass

  • The Whiffenpoofs
    9

    The Whiffenpoofs

    College: Yale University

    Founded: 1909

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • Noteworthy
    10

    Noteworthy

    College: Brigham Young University

    Founded: 2003

    Membership: Soprano/alto

  • Talisman
    11

    Talisman

    College: Stanford University

    Founded: 1990

    Membership: Mixed

     

  • Midnight Ramblers
    12

    Midnight Ramblers

    College: University of Rochester

    Founded: 1998

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • The Hullabahoos
    13

    The Hullabahoos

    College: University of Virginia

    Founded: 1987

    Membership: Tenor/bass

  • The Stanford Fleet Street Singers
    14

    The Stanford Fleet Street Singers

    College: Stanford University

    Founded: 1981

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • The Radcliffe Pitches
    15

    The Radcliffe Pitches

    College: Harvard University

    Founded: 1975

    Membership: Soprano/alto
     

  • The Krokodiloes
    16

    The Krokodiloes

    College: Harvard University

    Founded: 1946

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • Fundamentally Sound
    17

    Fundamentally Sound

    College: University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Founded: 2005

    Membership: Tenor/bass

  • The Dartmouth Aires
    18

    The Dartmouth Aires

    College: Dartmouth College

    Founded: 1946

    Membership: Tenor/bass

  • Virginia Gentlemen
    19

    Virginia Gentlemen

    College: University of Virginia

    Founded: 1953

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • Nassoons
    20

    Nassoons

    College: Princeton University

    Founded: 1941

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • Dicks and Janes
    21

    Dicks and Janes

    College: University of Michigan

    Founded: 1998

    Membership: Mixed

  • The Chordials
    22

    The Chordials

    College: Cornell University

    Year Founded: 1997

    Membership: Mixed

  • Dhamakapella
    23

    Dhamakapella

    College: Case Western Reserve University

    Founded: 2005

    Membership: Mixed, South Asian

  • The Hangovers
    24

    The Hangovers

    College: Cornell University

    Founded: 1968

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

  • College: University of Virginia

    Year Founded: 1977

    Membership: Soprano/alto