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NY Named Top State for Top Colleges. Calif, Mass, Pa, Ill, Ohio, Va, Texas, NC and Minn Follow

“The TrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings is a democratic, self-generating ratings system, since it captures the brand equity associated with each of these fine institutions.  We survey social media such as Twitter, as well as the Internet, blogosphere, and the global print and electronic media.” said Paul JJ Payack, the president of Global Language Monitor.  “As such, we remove the biases inherently built into each of the other published rankings.  For example, US News recently announced that it has changed a key component to their rankings thereby lowering the value of year-by-year comparisons.”

The Top Ten States with the Most Top Colleges are listed below.  Listings include Ranking, the number of top schools in parentheses, the Top University and College, National Best of Class* Institutions and Top Surprises for each state.

State Rank


No. 1

New York (44)

Top College

Vassar College

Top University

Columbia University 

Top  Academy*

United States Military Academy

Top Music School*

Juilliard School

Top Design School*

Pratt Institute

Top Surprise

NY as the No. 1 State


Asterisk (*) indicates National Best of Class



No. 2

California (29)

Top College

Pomona College

Top University

University of California—Los Angeles 

Top Surprise

Stanford & UC San Diego top Berkeley




No. 3

Massachusetts (25)

Top University

Harvard University 

Top College

Williams College

Top Business College*

Babson College

Top Engineering School*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Top Catholic School*

College of the Holy Cross

Top Surprise

Amherst falls out of Top 10




No. 4

Pennsylvania (22)

Top University

Pennsylvania State University

Top College

Bucknell University 

Top Surprise

Penn State over U of Pennsylvania




No. 5

Illinois (13)

Top University

University of Chicago 

Top College

Wheaton College

Top Christian College*

Wheaton College

Top Surprise

Northwestern University at No. 39




No. 6

Ohio (11)

Top University

Ohio State University—Columbus

Top College

Kenyon College

Top  Surprise

Oberlin College Slips




No. 7

Virginia (10)

Top College

University of Richmond

Top University

Virginia Tech

Top Surprise

VT over UVA




No. 8

Texas (10)

Top University

University of Texas—Austin

Top College

Austin College

Top Surprise

UT breaks into the Top Ten




No. 9

North Carolina (8)

Top  University

Duke University

Top College

Davidson College

Top Surprise

UNC falls out of Top Ten




No. 10

Minnesota (8)

Top College

Carleton College

Top University

University of Minnesota

Top Surprise

Capella now No. 2 Internet School


The complete listings of all the states can be found at the Global Language Monitor website.

The Global Language Monitor publishes the TrendTopper Media Buzz College and University Rankings.  twice a year, with spring and fall editions.  Many institutions of higher education, including Harvard, Boston College, and Vanderbilt have used the rankings as a validation of their recent reputation management decisions.

About The Global Language Monitor
Austin-Texas-based Global Language Monitor analyzes and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices, and their impact on the various aspects of culture, with a particular emphasis upon Global English.

 For more information, call 1.925.367.7557, email [email protected], or visit


Paul JJ Payack
President & Chief Word Analyst
The Global Language Monitor
Austin, Texas
[email protected]

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