Top 100 Social Media Colleges Top 100 Social Media Colleges

Dean Tsouvalas

“All these colleges are
showing how it’s done in
social media - They get it”

Dean Tsouvalas | Editor-In-Chief
dtsouvalas@studentadvisor.com

April, 2011 Archive

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Harvard University(Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Zuckerberg was here. The next one is probably here too. Tough to top HarvardSocial - a group leading the way of social media and education.

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Johns Hopkins University(Baltimore, Maryland)

Fantastic social media pages and the iPhone app is best-in-class.

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United States Military Academy(West Point, New York)

With dozens of Facebook pages and RSS feeds, the cadets are well ahead of Annapolis. Our fave: The Band.

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Carnegie Mellon University(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Our favorite interactive student social media dashboard with Yelp, real-time Twitter and Facebook updates --even the bus schedule.

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University of Notre Dame(Notre Dame, Indiana)

Athletics rule for social media from rowing to softball to official Big East tweets. Extra point: One of the few colleges with a public social media policy page.

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Stanford University(Stanford, California)

Stanford goes beyond just having a Facebook page with its app to promote how financial aid changed lives.

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Columbia University in the City of New York(New York, New York)

Columbia has two massive social media directories worth envy, one for alumni and one for current students and faculty.

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University of Miami(Coral Gables, Florida)

Miami's robust social media presence includes five RSS feeds - but the iTunes account needs some updating.

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University of Florida(Gainesville, Florida)

Ouch, just one behind the rival Hurricanes. But the upcoming launch of Inside Gator Nation should change that. More than 70 Facebook pages too.

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University of Oregon(Eugene, Oregon)

Now this is how to have a clean, clear social media index page with best practices and a very cool mobile site.

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University of Kentucky(Lexington, Kentucky)

Top-notch interactive admissions site they call "SeeBlue" for admitted students. Quaint link to "New Media" on home page - does anyone still call it that?

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Princeton University(Princeton, New Jersey)

Nice directory of professors' blogs, three YouTube channels, and even dining services is listed among Twitter accounts.

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Emerson College(Boston, Massachusetts)

The videos on their social media directory and on YouTube are more entertaining than most TV shows today.

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The University of Alabama(Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Nifty video postcards from UA students and easy to connect with them on any social media page.

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Mississippi State University(Mississippi State, Mississippi)

Sure MSU has more than 50 Facebook and Twitter accounts, but it's the daily campus photo that keeps us going back.

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Spelman College(Atlanta, Georgia)

Inside Spelman Flickr account and YouTube channel give you a real view into this historically black college for women.

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University of Kansas(Lawrence, Kansas)

The virtual tour rocks with relevant features including affordability -- and you can even apply directly from the page.

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Duke University(Durham, North Carolina)

Dozens of Facebook pages and a social media-friendly site and massive video presence.

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West Virginia University(Morgantown, West Virginia)

The Mountaineers smartly publish their Facebook do's and don'ts and get the award for the biggest social media icons we've seen.

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Brown University(Providence, Rhode Island)

Consistently smart and fresh updates on YouTube, Flickr, and LinkedIn. Well executed and informative Facebook presence. Nicely done.

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The University of Texas at Austin(Austin, Texas)

The Longhorns go big with more than 200 Facebook accounts and complete guidelines for dealing with social media.

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Roanoke College(Salem, Virginia)

Exceptional use of video on their site. Even the Roanoke web team has a great blog.

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Texas Tech University(Lubbock, Texas)

Not to be missed: The "Get Your Guns Up!" photo gallery and Texas Tech Today.

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Yale University(New Haven, Connecticut)

The Good: Fully developed iTunes presence. The Bad: Hadn't updated main Facebook page since Sept. 20.

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Dartmouth College(Hanover, New Hampshire)

Once you "like" Dartmouth's Facebook page, you get to a welcome page with a note from the president. Our fave: The YouTube channel with Dartmouth Idol competition.

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Syracuse University(Syracuse, New York)

Prominent portion of homepage is devoted to social media updates, and virtual tours are available as a Facebook app.

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Rollins College(Winter Park, Florida)

Rollins reached out through social media to celebrate its 125th anniversary this past year and in the process they boosted Facebook and Twitter followers.

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