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08/06/2013 02:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Top 100 Best And Most Collaborative U.S. Colleges [INFOGRAPHIC]

A recent Harvard Business Review post suggested that higher education is being disrupted by 'digital natives', including K-12 institutions that are becoming more mobile and social. The changing landscape and the explosive growth of mobile and social technologies, including massive open online courses (MOOCs) is changing the educational experience. Disruptions in education will also impact corporations. "These same trends [online courses and the flip classroom] are likely to affect corporations and the way knowledge is transferred to employees, customers, and other partners." Colleges today are serving the most mobile and social customers in the world, many of whom are using multiple mobile devices to network and collaborate. Today, social networking is the most popular use of the web. A 2012 study noted that students are choosing colleges with social media clout. A survey of 7,000 high school students revealed that university social media accounts influenced their selections.

What are the best U.S. colleges and universities doing to better promote collaboration, aimed at improving the college student experience? To answer this question, I researched US News & World Reports list of the best schools. The 2013 national university rankings identified the top 100 universities in the U.S. I then re-ranked the schools based on their combined Klout and Kred scores - a measure of their engagements across all major social platforms. Not surprisingly, the very best schools are also the most collaborative - see the table below. What does this mean to businesses today? The very best students, graduating from the very best schools, are extremely social and expect transparency and collaboration at all levels of the organization.

Business leaders must ask themselves a very simple question: how can we attract the very best talent if we are unwilling to embrace social collaboration? The answer is simple; you cannot.

The top 100 most collaborative U.S. colleges are listed below - you can click on the icons to automatically connect to their Twitter accounts.

Social Rank U.S.News & World Report Rank    
1 1 Harvard University
2 7 Stanford University
3 29 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
4 6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5 59 Syracuse University
6 84 Indiana University – Bloomington
7 48 University of Texas – Austin
8 2 Princeton University
9 54 University of Florida
10 3 Yale University
11 25 University of Southern California
12 85 Marquette University
13 56 Ohio State University – Columbus
14 9 University of Pennsylvania
15 46 Pennsylvania State University – University Park
16 31 Boston College
17 16 Cornell University
18 43 University of Wisconsin – Madison
19 4 Columbia University
20 24 University of California-Los Angeles
21 26 University of Virginia
22 21 Georgetown University
23 64 Purdue University – West Lafayette
24 65 Texas A&M University – College Station
25 13 Johns Hopkins University
26 18 University of Notre Dame
27 96 Florida State University
28 93 Texas Christian University
29 15 Brown University
30 49 University of Washington
31 99 University of Missouri
32 12 Northwestern University
33 51 Boston University
34 90 Miami University – Oxford
35 36 Georgia Institute of Technology
36 69 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
37 45 University of Miami
38 5 University of Chicago
39 19 Vanderbilt University
40 71 Michigan State University
41 60 University of Maryland – College Park
42 11 Dartmouth College
43 72 University of Iowa
44 28 Tufts University
45 17 Rice University
46 67 Brigham Young University – Provo
47 58 Southern Methodist University
48 80 University of Alabama
49 30 University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
50 39 University of California – Davis
51 62 University of Connecticut
52 100 Iowa State University
53 61 University of Pittsburgh
54 77 Baylor University
55 88 Auburn University
56 20 Emory University
57 86 University of Denver
58 89 Binghamton University – SUNY
59 35 University of Rochester
60 40 University of California – San Diego
61 52 Tulane University
62 68 Clemson University
63 94 University of San Diego
64 97 University of Colorado – Boulder
65 73 Virginia Tech
66 70 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
67 23 Carnegie Mellon University
68 34 College of William and Mary
69 47 University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign
70 92 Stony Brook University – SUNY
71 55 Northeastern University
72 76 American University
73 8 Duke University
74 22 University of California – Berkeley
75 98 University of Massachusetts – Amherst
76 63 University of Georgia
77 75 University of Delaware
78 44 University of California – Irvine
79 10 California Institute of Technology
80 27 Wake Forest University
81 32 New York University
82 14 Washington University in St. Louis
83 95 University of Vermont
84 38 Lehigh University
85 53 Pepperdine University
86 81 University of California – Santa Cruz
87 33 Brandeis University
88 79 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
89 57 Fordham University
90 66 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
91 50 Yeshiva University
92 87 University of Tulsa
93 91 St. Louis University
94 83 Drexel University
95 37 Case Western Reserve University
96 82 Clark University
97 41 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
98 74 Stevens Institute of Technology
99 42 University of California – Santa Barbara
100 78 Colorado School of Mines

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