Monday, January 21, 2008

It’s Arrived… Connect!'s Top 25 Colleges & Universities

January 21, 2008 - As promised, we recently announced our Annual Connect! Top 25 Colleges & Universities. The list represents the schools that were the most popular college choices among the 500,000 Connect! users for 2007. Students, with the help of parents and counselors, compile their “Connect! College List” after researching and determining best-fitting colleges from among over 4,200 detailed school profiles.

The results of this year’s list are indeed eye opening. We have a new #1 as Michigan State University moved ahead of University of Michigan for the top spot. Seven of the schools in our top ten are from Michigan including Wayne State University (#5) and Western Michigan University (#6) who have joined the list this year as well. Nearly all Michigan colleges on last year’s list have moved up. Our Michigan partners along with recent partners, University of Missouri, Columbia (#18) and University of Kansas (#21) - both new to this year’s list – demonstrate that our college partners are able to drive high school adoption and participation.

In addition, our Annual Connect! Top 25 Colleges & Universities list highlights both the selective nature and wide range of institutions that Connect! users applied to in 2007 (i.e. Harvard University #16, Cornell University #17, University of Pennsylvania #19, Brown University #20, and Yale University #22). In fact, all of the Ivies except for Princeton (#28), Dartmouth (#59) and Columbia (#142) are represented in this year’s Connect! Top 25. From large public universities to small private colleges, this list represents the breadth of students who are using Connect! all across the country to make their college and career plans.

Our 2007 Connect! Top 25 Colleges & Universities are:

1. Michigan State University
2. University of Michigan
3. Central Michigan University
4. Grand Valley State University
5. Wayne State University
6. Western Michigan University
7. Boston University
8. New York University
9. Eastern Michigan University
10. University of Massachusetts Amherst
11. Northeastern University
12. University of Connecticut
13. Rutgers University
14. Boston College
15. Oakland University
16. Harvard University
17. Cornell University
18. University of Missouri, Columbia
19. University of Pennsylvania
20. Brown University
21. University of Kansas
22. Yale University
23. University of Rhode Island
24. Duke University
25. Clark Atlanta University

Below we round out the Top 50 on our annual list.

26. Northwestern University
27. Missouri State University
28. Princeton University
29. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
30. Syracuse University
31. Quinnipiac University
32. Ferris State University
33. The Johns Hopkins University
34. Georgetown University
35. Florida State University
36. University of Michigan, Dearborn
37. University of Vermont
38. Tufts University
39. Bridgewater State College
40. University of New Hampshire
41. Washington University in St. Louis
42. The College of New Jersey
43. University of Miami
44. Penn State University, University Park
45. Drexel University
46. University of Southern California
47. University of Delaware
48. Stanford University
49. University of California, Los Angeles
50. University of Massachusetts, Boston

Check out the complete list of the Connect! Top 200 Colleges & Universities.

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