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

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

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 RankU.S.News & World Report Rank  
11Harvard University
27Stanford University
329University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
46Massachusetts Institute of Technology
559Syracuse University
684Indiana University – Bloomington
748University of Texas – Austin
82Princeton University
954University of Florida
103Yale University
1125University of Southern California
1285Marquette University
1356Ohio State University – Columbus
149University of Pennsylvania
1546Pennsylvania State University – University Park
1631Boston College
1716Cornell University
1843University of Wisconsin – Madison
194Columbia University
2024University of California-Los Angeles
2126University of Virginia
2221Georgetown University
2364Purdue University – West Lafayette
2465Texas A&M University – College Station
2513Johns Hopkins University
2618University of Notre Dame
2796Florida State University
2893Texas Christian University
2915Brown University
3049University of Washington
3199University of Missouri
3212Northwestern University
3351Boston University
3490Miami University – Oxford
3536Georgia Institute of Technology
3669Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
3745University of Miami
385University of Chicago
3919Vanderbilt University
4071Michigan State University
4160University of Maryland – College Park
4211Dartmouth College
4372University of Iowa
4428Tufts University
4517Rice University
4667Brigham Young University – Provo
4758Southern Methodist University
4880University of Alabama
4930University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
5039University of California – Davis
5162University of Connecticut
52100Iowa State University
5361University of Pittsburgh
5477Baylor University
5588Auburn University
5620Emory University
5786University of Denver
5889Binghamton University – SUNY
5935University of Rochester
6040University of California – San Diego
6152Tulane University
6268Clemson University
6394University of San Diego
6497University of Colorado – Boulder
6573Virginia Tech
6670University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
6723Carnegie Mellon University
6834College of William and Mary
6947University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign
7092Stony Brook University – SUNY
7155Northeastern University
7276American University
738Duke University
7422University of California – Berkeley
7598University of Massachusetts – Amherst
7663University of Georgia
7775University of Delaware
7844University of California – Irvine
7910California Institute of Technology
8027Wake Forest University
8132New York University
8214Washington University in St. Louis
8395University of Vermont
8438Lehigh University
8553Pepperdine University
8681University of California – Santa Cruz
8733Brandeis University
8879SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
8957Fordham University
9066Worcester Polytechnic Institute
9150Yeshiva University
9287University of Tulsa
9391St. Louis University
9483Drexel University
9537Case Western Reserve University
9682Clark University
9741Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
9874Stevens Institute of Technology
9942University of California – Santa Barbara
10078Colorado School of Mines

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