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University and College Rankings 2008





First Internet-based College and University Rankings


Austin, Texas, USA.   September 19, 2008.   In an exclusive TrendTopper MediaBuzz analysis of the nation’s colleges and universities, the Global Language Monitor has ranked the nation’s colleges and universities  according their appearance on the Internet, throughout the Blogosphere, as well in the global print and electronic media.   The rankings include Social Media such as Twitter and YouTube.


For the April, 2009 University Rankings, click here.

For the April, 2009 University Momentum Rankings, click here.

For the April, 2009 College Rankings, click here.

For the April, 2009 College Momentum Rankings, click here.

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There are only three types of intellectual property in the US, and one of them is the trademark (or brand) which are intended to represent all the perceived attributes of a service - and institutions of higher education are no different,” said Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst at GLM.  “Prospective students, alumni, employers, and the world at large believe that students who are graduated from such institutions will carry on the all the hallmarks of that particular school.  Our TrendTopper analysis is a way of seeing the schools through the eyes of the world at large.”

The schools were also ranked according to ‘media momentum’ defined as having the largest change in media citations over the last year.

GLM used its proprietary Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI) software for the TrendTopper Media Buzz Analysis. GLM used the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classifications to distinguish between Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges. The schools were ranked according to their positions in early September, a mid-year snapshot, and used the last day of 2007 as the base.


Harvard bests Columbia; Michigan, Berkeley, and Stanford follow

Chicago, Wisconsin, Yale, Princeton, and Cornell in Top Ten


Universities — Fall 2008
1 Harvard University, MA
2 Columbia University, NY
3 Stanford University, CA
4 University of Chicago, IL
5 University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, MI
6 University of Wisconsin—Madison , WI
7 University of California—Berkeley, CA
8 Yale University, CT
9 Cornell University, NY
10 Princeton University, NJ
11 University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, IL
12 University of Pennsylvania, PA
13 Duke University, NC
14 University of Washington, WA
15 Johns Hopkins University, MD
16 New York University, NY
17 Boston College, MA
18 University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, NC
19 University of Florida, FL
20 Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
22 University of California—Berkeley, CA
23 Georgetown University, DC
24 University of California—Los Angeles, CA
25 Northwestern University, IL
26 California Institute of Technology, CA
27 University of Southern California, CA
28 Syracuse University, NY
29 Wake Forest University, NC
30 University of California—San Diego, CA
31 Tufts University, MA
32 Carnegie Mellon University, PA
33 Case Western Reserve University, OH
34 University of Rochester, NY
35 Brown University, RI
36 Villanova University, PA
37 University of Notre Dame, IN
38 Tulane University, LA
39 Brandeis University, MA
40 University of Virginia, VA
41 Dartmouth College, NH
42 College of William and Mary, VA
43 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
44 Pennsylvania State University, PA
45 Lehigh University, PA
46 University of California—Santa Barbara, CA
47 Washington University in St. Louis, MO
48 Emory University, GA
49 University of California—Irvine, CA
50 Vanderbilt University, TN


Taken as a whole, the University of California system outdistances Harvard for the Top Spot by a wide margin.

Universities Momentum

Vanderbilt tops Virginia; Emory, Rice, and UTexas, Austin follow

Washington U. in St Louis, Lehigh, and the Universities of California at Santa Barbara, Irvine, and Berkeley in Top Ten

University momentum is ranked by largest positive changes in citations from all sources on a year-over-year basis.


Universities — Momentum, Fall 2008
1 Vanderbilt University, TN
2 University of Virginia
3 Emory University, GA
4 Rice University, TX
5 University of Texas, Austin
6 Washington U. in St. Louis
7 Lehigh University,PA
8 U. of California, Santa Barbara
9 U. of California, Irvine
10 U. of California, Berkeley
11 University of Washington
12 University of Illinois
13 Boston University, MA
14 University of North Carolina
15 Cal Tech
16 Johns Hopkins, MD
17 Boston College, MA
18 Brown University, RI
19 Villanova University, PA
20 University of Michigan


Top Colleges:

Colorado bests Williams; Richmond, Middlebury, Wellesley follow

Bucknell, Amherst, Oberlin, Vassar, and Pomona in Top Ten


Top Colleges

Colleges — Fall 2008
1 Colorado College
2 Williams College
3 Richmond
4 Middlebury College
5 Wellesley College
6 Bucknell University
7 Amherst College
8 Oberlin College
9 Vassar College
10 Pomona College
11 Hamilton College
12 Union College
13 Swarthmore College
14 Colgate University
15 Bard College
16 Carleton College
17 Bowdoin College
18 Connecticut College
19 Colby College
20 US Naval Academy
21 Barnard College
22 US Military Academy
23 Bates College
24 Bryn Mawr College
25 Skidmore College
26 Gettysburg College
27 Davidson College
28 Mount Holyoke
29 Furman University
30 Lafayette College


College Momentum

College momentum is ranked by largest positive changes in citations from all sources on a year-over-year basis.  Atop the college momentum rankings were Hamilton, Pomona, Skidmore, Bard and Gettysburg, followed by Sewanee (University of the South), Furman, Colby, Connecticut College, and Colgate (Hamilton’s neighbor).


College — Momentum, Fall 2008
1 Hamilton College
2 Pomona College
3 Skidmore College
4 Bard College
5 Gettysburg College
6 Sewanee
7 Furman University
8 Colby College
9 Connecticut College
10 Colgate University
11 Middlebury College
12 Claremont-McKenna
13 Carleton College
14 Whitman College
15 Trinity College
16 Richmond
17 Colorado College
18 Bates College
19 Wesleyan University
20 Harvey Mudd

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