We've let you in on our picks for the top 10 hipster colleges -- now it's time to go the opposite direction with the PREPPIEST schools. We scoured the country for pastel polos, glee clubs and pearl earrings, and here's what we found.
UPDATE: We received a slough of responses disputing our list and campaigning for other schools to be added.
Many were miffed we didn't include North Carolina's Elon University. Current Elon student Shawn Kennedy wrote:
Elon is by far the preppiest school known to man. I should know. Pink and lime green is all I see. Despite the size of Elon (5,000), we still have a driving range. For all of the bowties, croakies and pleated rainbow slacks I've seen in the past four years, I deserve to see Elon on this list. Acapallooza. Festivus. Preppier than thou? I think so.
Carrie Adams put in a bid for the University of Virginia.
Are you kidding me? You missed a gold mine! UVa! At William and Mary (my alma mater), we have "Dress like UVa For A Day" when layered, popped polos and pearls are mandatory. Funny thing is, W&M is pretty preppy itself, so it's not a huge change.
And Gary Crosby nominated Birmingham-Southern College.
Birmingham-Southern College is the epitome of a preppy school. A small, private liberal arts college nestled on the western hills of Birmingham, Alabama, my alma mater provides its graduates with a solid education and has a legacy of producing socially responsible and intellectual adults. The school is nationally ranked as the number one college for Greek life.
Others rallied for the University of South Carolina, Sewanee: The University of the South and St. Lawrence University.
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"The Preppy Handbook" called the private Virginia college "THE finishing school for Southern Gentlemen." One of the last remaining all-men's colleges in America, popular student activities on campus include the pep band and political clubs. Above, the school's president, Chris Howard, talks with students.
A columnist for the Daily Princetonian once summed up the school's prepster atmosphere in a single sentence: "The manliest men wore the most pink, and the girliest girls swooned at their sides." The school, infamous for its array of social coteries, has long been a haven for the well-heeled. In his book "The Making of Princeton University: From Woodrow Wilson to the Present," James Axtell notes how the boat shoe became a "numinous symbol of Princeton" in the 1970s and how students at times seem to speak their own language, called "Princeton patois."
The one-time home of playwright Edward Albee and bow-tied pundit Tucker Carlson, Trinity College has been called the "epicenter of preppy partying in the Northeast," and is often cited as one of the country's most beautiful campuses. All-male until 1969, the school has five popular a cappella groups. Squash is also popular on campus, as pictured above.
Frequently named one of Newsweek's "Hidden Ivies," Colgate thrives on tradition -- especially an attachment to the number 13. The university, located in upstate New York, was founded in 1817 by 13 men, who founded the school with 13 prayers, dollars and articles. The school's preppy style isn't for everyone. In a column in the campus newspaper, one student laments the "pitifully preppy" co-ed -- you know, one who sports a double-popped collar or a Vera Bradley bag.
Prep is ingrained in the highly competitive North Carolina school -- its pep band is nicknamed the "prep band" and the school even hosts a PREP program (though it stands for Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program). The college's status can work against it -- When Duke faced off against tiny Butler University in this year's NCAA championship, some rooted for the latter because it was "non-preppy."
A Cornell Daily Sun column once dubbed Georgetown students "some the wealthiest and most fashionable in the nation." The column also summed up the school's sartorial norms: "On casual days, many girls seen all over campus favor the typical laid-back look of cable-knit sweaters with the collars of their polos and button-up shirts peeking out ... it is socially unacceptable for girls to wear backpacks — shoulder bags are the lay of land and we agree that’s how it should be!" Above, a Georgetown student plays his violin on the banks of Washington D.C.'s tidal basin.
Nicknamed "Abercrombie U," the college's preppiness has been well-documented in pop culture -- John Updike referenced it in his novel "The Witches of Eastwick" and the school has been mentioned on "Mad Men." Music is one of the college's most popular pasttimes -- students are gifted free lessons and have the opportunity to take part in one of the six a cappella groups on campus. Each spring, a schoolwide music festival called Floralia, named for the Roman goddess, takes over campus. Above, a Conn College student relaxes after a sailing competition.
The Princeton Review has ranked SMU on both its "Most Conservative Students" and "Alternative Lifestyles Not An Alternative" lists -- so it makes sense that the Dallas college will soon be home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The school, known for its programs in business and law, also has its own line of Tag Heuer watches. Above, Laura Bush lays out plans for the center in her family's name.
"Vandy" has gone so far as to name itself one of the top ten "anti-hipster" schools, so we'll gladly include it on this list. With its name firmly rooted in the annals of Americana -- from Cornelius to Gloria to Tripp, of "Gossip Girl" fame, Vanderbilt is all about carrying forth traditions. Sailing and tennis are popular on campus; famous alums include poet Robert Penn Warren, Tipper Gore and actress Molly Sims.