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slides: New England Colleges With Biggest Social Media Reach

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

 

Brown University is not only one of the top-ranked colleges in America, it's also a Top 30 social media player, according to author, blogger and inventor Vala Afshar. The Top 100 Best And Most Collaborative U.S. Colleges is Afshar's new ranking that looks at top-ranked colleges' social media presence, as measured by Klout and Kred. Brown was the only Rhode Island-based college to make the ranking. 

"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," Afshar writes in the Huffington Post article accompanying his new ranking. "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."

Harvard University took the #1 spot in Afshar's ranking, followed by Stanford University at #2, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor at #3, MIT at #4 and Syracuse University at #5.

To see how New England's top colleges ranked, check the slideshow, below.

Afshar compared each college's ranking in US News & World Report's Best Colleges List for 2013 with his index, which combined each school's Klout and Kred scores: "a measure of their engagements across all major social platforms," Afshar said. "Not surprisingly, the very best schools are also the most collaborative," he said. "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."

Afshar cited a recent Harvard Business Review post "that 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," he said.

See which New England colleges made Afshar's rankings, in the slides below.  

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#15 Clark University

Worcester, MA

National social media ranking: 96

US News Best Colleges ranking: 82

Twitter: @ClarkMatters

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#14 WPI

Worcester, MA

National social media ranking: 90

US News Best Colleges ranking: 66

Twitter: @WPI

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#13 Brandeis

Waltham, MA

National social media ranking: 87

US News Best Colleges ranking: 33

Twitter: @Brandeis

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#12 UVM

Burlington, VT

National social media ranking: 83

US News Best Colleges ranking: 95

Twitter: @uvmvermont

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#11 UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA

National social media ranking: 75

US News Best Colleges ranking: 98

Twitter: @UMassAmherst

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#10 Northeastern

Boston, MA

National social media ranking: 71

US News Best Colleges ranking: 55

Twitter: @northeastern

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#9 UConn

Storrs, CT

National social media ranking: 51

US News Best Colleges ranking: 62

Twitter: @UConn

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#8 Tufts

Medford, MA

National social media ranking: 44

US News Best Colleges ranking: 28

Twitter: @TuftsUniversity

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#7 Dartmouth

Hanover, NH

National social media ranking: 42

US News Best Colleges ranking: 11

Twitter: @dartmouth

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#6 BU

Boston, MA

National social media ranking: 33

US News Best Colleges ranking: 51

Twitter: @BU_Tweets

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#5 Brown

Providence, RI

National social media ranking: 29

US News Best Colleges ranking: 15

Twitter: @BrownUniversity

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#4 BC

Chestnut Hill, MA

National social media ranking: 16

US News Best Colleges ranking: 31

Twitter: @BostonCollege

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#3 Yale

New Haven, CT

National social media ranking: 10

US News Best Colleges ranking: 3

Twitter: @Yale

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#2 MIT

Cambridge, MA

National social media ranking: 4

US News Best Colleges ranking: 6

Twitter: @MIT

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

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#1 Harvard

Cambridge, MA

National social media ranking: 1

US News Best Colleges ranking: 1

Twitter: @Harvard

To see how this college performed in GoLocalProv's 2013 Top New England Colleges Super Ranking, go here. 

 
 

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