Top 100 Social Media Colleges
“All these colleges are
showing how it’s done in
social media - They get it”
Dean Tsouvalas | Editor-In-Chief
April, 2011 Archive
Butler University(Indianapolis, Indiana)
Learn about life on the organic farm from one of the many blogs or get updates from their bulldog mascot on Twitter.
Oregon State University(Corvallis, Oregon)
Their creative YouTube channel is "powered by orange" with channels on campus life, events, courses and athletics.
Vanderbilt University(Nashville, Tennessee)
Vanderbilt on iTunes U lets students download coursework, lectures, music, sports and more. This college knows its audience.
Baylor University(Waco, Texas)
Zero social media links on homepage, but redeem themselves with two large social media directories - for students and alumni.
Smith College(Northampton, Massachusetts)
Smith's alumni site better leverages social media than the main page.
Howard University(Washington, District of Columbia)
Howard virtual tour is packed with information and viewed by over 70K students each year.
University of Virginia-Main Campus(Charlottesville, Virginia)
There isn't a platform that U.Va is not using from RSS feeds, LinkedIn, Podcasts, iTunes U to their mobile "The Good Old App."
Full Sail University(Winter Park, Florida)
No surprise, this digital-arts savvy university is making waves in social media - and the Oscars.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Plethora of iTunes content, our favorite was their two-way video podcast on the future of news.
Michigan State University(East Lansing, Michigan)
Fresh Flickr feed, SlideShare too. Geeky nice touch: MSU home page lists "Engagement" before "Athletics" in its top navigation.
Clemson University(Clemson, South Carolina)
Sure Clemson has an impressive social media directory and iTunes virtual campus tour app, but it's their 20 webcams that keep us entertained for hours.
University of Washington-Seattle Campus(Seattle, Washington)
Take time and watch the UW video channel with Husky Classic games or the half hour newsmagazine show UW360.
Saint Norbert College(De Pere, Wisconsin)
Blogger Nate Wine, biology major, class of 2011, has an honest take on life and leveraging social media as a way to materialize his dreams that is inspiring.
Oklahoma Christian University(Edmond, Oklahoma)
Blogs take top priority in the navigation. Our favorite is "Leaving the Nest" where Shelley shares her experiences as an OC parent.
College of Charleston(Charleston, South Carolina)
Boasts the first iTunes Tour app with 18 videos of campus narrated by four college students.
Kansas State University(Manhattan, Kansas)
The country's first land-grant college proves it isn't stuck in the 1800s.
Macalester College(Saint Paul, Minnesota)
President Brian Rosenberg's clever self-parody made him a YouTube sensation.
Biola University(La Mirada, California)
Undergrads and graduate students have incredible social media sites with blogs and videos chronicling the "journey" of incoming students.
University of Arizona(Tucson, Arizona)
Novel approach: The dean of students has a robust page including an AIM account so students may ask questions anonymously.
Bates College(Lewiston, Maine)
Bates nails the social media page and proves they rule with Facebook alumni Pages from 1960 to present.
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.
Colgate University(Hamilton, New York)
Dozens of podcasts from notable Raider alums from prominent link on home page. Online open house chats are our faves.
American Musical and Dramatic Academy(New York, New York)
This Performing Arts College stars in social media. You may not find FAME but you will get your avatar on the AMDA World Twitter Wall if you follow them on Twitter - we've never seen this before.
Art Center College of Design(Pasadena, California)
Art Center College of Design has an advantage -visually stunning site with engaging features -online gallery of student work kept us busy for hours - don't tell my boss.
California College of the Arts(Oakland, California)
This forward thinking college has a list of the most commonly requested pages based on current student inquiries easily available.
Gettysburg College(Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
Impressive feature of how Gettysburg Grads are changing the world.
Saint Marys College(Notre Dame, Indiana)
Last year St. Mary's College created a social-media driven commencement website allowing students to create a "digital keepsake" with photos, streaming video - awesome. Hopefully it wasn't only a one year thing.
Millsaps College(Jackson, Mississippi)
Among other things, Millsaps' use of Google Calendars leverages the best of social media - highlighting wide range of school events from career fairs, lectures on optimizing memory and even alumni couples dinner.
University of Georgia(Athens, Georgia)
UGA effectively used social media to promote the 50th anniversary of its desegregation with its Celebrating Courage event and continues to update.