The Top Dream Colleges In The World

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As of August 2013, these are the “Top Dream Colleges” according to over 4,900 voters at

Stanford University ranks #2 behind Harvard

My dream school is UC Santa Barbara. It’s still a great school, but you get to live on the beach.

As kids around the country are gearing up to go back to school this week, hopeful students and parents have college on their minds. With a new round of applications around the corner, many are hoping that they will be accepted into their dream schools., a platform that hosts thousands of crowdsourced answers to opinion-based questions, recently conducted a poll that asked, “What is your top dream college?” Voters were asked to consider which four-year university they would like to attend if acceptance rate and tuition cost were not an issue.

A pragmatic bunch, most of the nearly 5,000 voters came up with a list that looks similar to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Colleges 2013. Nearly 2,000 voters put Harvard as #1 on their list, propelling the famous Ivy-League institution to the top of the pack.

Ranker’s List of the Top 10 Dream Colleges

1.    Harvard University
2.    Stanford University
3.    Yale University
4.    Columbia University
5.    Princeton University
6.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7.    Cornell University
8.    University of California, Berkeley
9.    Dartmouth College
10.    University of Pennsylvania

Not all voters favored prestige over quality of life. “Why would I want to go to Harvard or some stuffy school for the best years of my life?” Lauren Miller, a sophomore in high school said. “My dream school is UC Santa Barbara. It’s still a great school, but you get to live on the beach!” (Miller’s choice, UCSB is #30 on the list.)

See the full list of Top Dream Colleges as well as 1000’s of other opinion-based lists on

About Ranker
Ranker is a crowdsourced platform that consumers visit over 9 million times a month to view, rank, and vote on broad opinion-based questions ranging from the best NFL uniform to the saddest deaths in a television show. With “The Top Dream College” and other lists, Ranker hopes to provide the best possible answer to any question that can be answered in list form. These answers can inform consumers’ decisions, influence business choices or stoke an old-fashioned debate. Ranker is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Data Collective, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels

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