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The Best College Acapella Groups

Updated November 22, 2019 5.9k votes 582 voters 7.4k views96 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
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    The Stanford Fleet Street Singers

    College: Stanford University

    Founded: 1981

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    The Krokodiloes
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    The Krokodiloes

    College: Harvard University

    Founded: 1946

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    The Radcliffe Pitches
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    The Radcliffe Pitches

    College: Harvard University

    Founded: 1975

    Membership: Soprano/alto
     

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    The Mendicants
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    The Mendicants

    College: Stanford University

    Founded: 1963

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    The Whiffenpoofs
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    The Whiffenpoofs

    College: Yale University

    Founded: 1909

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    Vocal Point
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    Vocal Point

    College: Brigham Young University

    Founded: 1991

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    Penn Masala

    College: University of Pennsylvania

    Year Founded: 1996

    Membership: Tenor/bass

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    The SoCal VoCals
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    The SoCal VoCals

    College: University of Southern California

    Founded: 1995

    Membership: Mixed

     

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    The Hullabahoos
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    The Hullabahoos

    College: University of Virginia

    Founded: 1987

    Membership: Tenor/bass

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    The Beelzebubs
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    The Beelzebubs

    College: Tufts University

    Year Founded: 1962

    Membership: Tenor/bass

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    The YellowJackets
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    The YellowJackets

    College: University of Rochester

    Founded: 1956

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    The Clef Hangers
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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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    Talisman
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    Talisman

    College: Stanford University

    Founded: 1990

    Membership: Mixed

     

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    Voices in Your Head
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    Voices in Your Head

    College: University of Chicago

    Founded: 1998

    Membership: Mixed

     

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    The Georgetown Chimes
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    The Georgetown Chimes

    College: Georgetown

    Year Founded: 1946

    Membership: Tenor/bass

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    Fundamentally Sound
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    Fundamentally Sound

    College: University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Founded: 2005

    Membership: Tenor/bass

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    The Cornell Class Notes

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    The Chordials
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    The Chordials

    College: Cornell University

    Year Founded: 1997

    Membership: Mixed

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    The Dreamers of Phi Mu Alpha

    College: Penn State

    Year Founded: 1989

    Membership: Tenor/bass

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    The Dartmouth Aires
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    The Dartmouth Aires

    College: Dartmouth College

    Founded: 1946

    Membership: Tenor/bass

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    Stanford Mixed Company
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    Stanford Mixed Company

    College: Stanford University

    Founded: 1985

    Membership: Mixed

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    Virginia Gentlemen
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    Virginia Gentlemen

    College: University of Virginia

    Founded: 1953

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    The Spokes

    College: University of California, Davis 

    Year Founded: 2004

    Membership: Soprano/alto

     

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    The Hangovers
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    The Hangovers

    College: Cornell University

    Founded: 1968

    Membership: Tenor/bass

     

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    The Brown Derbies
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    The Brown Derbies

    College: Brown University

    Year Founded: 1982

    Membership: Tenor/bass