Global Language Monitor

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Global Language Monitor
TypeMedia Analytics
IndustryHigh Technology
Founded1999 (1999)
FounderPaul JJ Payack [3]
Headquarters: Austin, Texas
ProductsOlympics and World Cup Brand and Ambush Marketing Analyses, annual Top Fashion Capitals, TrendTopper MediaBuzz College Guide, Annual Top Word of the Year (#WOTY) for International and Global English), Top Business Buzzwords, Top Political Buzzwords, Top Politically(in)Correct Words

The Global Language Monitor (GLM) is a company based in Austin, Texas that collectively documents, analyzes, and tracks trends in language usage worldwide, with a particular emphasis upon the English language. It is particularly known for its Word of the Year,[1] political analysis,[2][3] college and university rankings,[4] High Tech buzzwords,[5][6] and media analytics.[7]


Founded in Silicon Valley in 2003 by Paul J.J. Payack, the GLM describes its role as "a media analytics company that documents, analyzes and tracks cultural trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon International and Global English". GLM's main services include various products based on the Narrative Tracker technologies for global Internet and social media analysis. NarrativeTracker is based on global discourse, providing a real-time, accurate picture about any topic, at any point in time. NarrativeTracker analyzes the Internet, blogosphere, the top 275,000 print and electronic global media, as well as new social media sources as they emerge.[8] In April 2008, GLM moved its headquarters from San Diego to Austin.[9]

In July 2020, GLM announced that 'Covid' was the Top Word of 2020 for Global or International English.

Covid is the commonly used shorthand for the shorthand for Covid-19. Covid-19 is the official name of the virus caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus, so named in WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD). ‘Covid’ has received the highest number of citations ever recorded in our global survey. In fact, ‘covid’ has outranked all previous Words of the Year in the 21st century by a factor of 100.

Covid-19 is ranked No. 2. The Top Ten Words of the Year (#WOTY) for 2020 include Covid, Covid-19, Coronavirus, Corona, Face mask, Progress, Truth, Social Distancing, Trade War, and Sustainability. Typically, the Global Language Monitor ranks words, phrases, and names on three separate lists, and the lists are limited to twenty items. For this effort, GLM has combined the lists and extended the word count to fifty items.

Other recently released word-lists include:

  • The Top Words of the First Fifteen Years of the 21st Century (and what they portend).[10]
  • The Top Words of 2115 (One hundred Years Hence)[11]
  • The AD 2076 Map of the Re-federalised United States (including VanCity and Scot's Land).[12]

Top Words of 2020 (the Plague Year)[edit]

Top Words of Previous Years[edit]






  • Spillcam
  • Vuvuzela
  • The Narrative
  • Refudiate
  • Guido and Guidette
  • Deficit
  • Snowmagedden/Snowpocalypse
  • 3-D
  • Shellacking
  • simplexity






Previous Words, Phrases & Names of the Year[edit]

Top Words: No. 1 The Heart ♥ Emoji (for love), No. 2 Hashtag, No. 3 Vape
Top Phrases: No. 1 Hands Up, Don’t Shoot; No. 2 Cosmic Inflation, No. 3 Global Warming
Top Names: No. 1 Ebola, No. 2 Pope Francis, No. 3 World War I
Top Words: No. 1 ‘404’, No.2 Fail, No.3 Hashtag
Top Phrases: No. 1 Toxic Politics, No. 2 Federal Shutdown, No.3 Global Warming/Climate Change
Top Names: No. 1. Pope Francis, No. 2 ObamaCare, No.3 NSA
Top Words: No. 1 ApocalypseArmageddon, No.2 Deficit, No. 3 Olympiad
Top Phrases: No. 1 Gangnam Style, No. 2 Climate Change/Global Warming, No. 3 Fiscal Cliff
Top Names: No. 1 Newtown and Malala Yousafzai, No. 3 Xi Jinping
Top Words: No. 1 Occupy, No.2 Fracking, No.3 Drone
Top Phrases: No. 1 Arab Spring, No. 2 Royal Wedding, No.3 Anger and Rage
Top Names: No. 1 Steve Jobs, No. 2 Osama bin-laden and Seal Team Six, No.3 Fukushim
Top Words: No. 1 Occupy, No.2 Fracking, No.3 Drone
Top Phrases: No. 1 Anger and Rage, No. 2 Climate Change, No. 3 The Great Recession
Top Names: No. 1 Hu Jintao, paramount leader of China, No. 2 iPad, No. 3 Barack Obama
Top Words: No. 1: Twitter, No. 2: Obama, No. 3: H1N1
Top Phrases: No. 1: King of Pop, No. 2: Obama-mania, No. 3: Climate Change
Top Names: No. 1: Obama, No. 2: Michael Jackson, No. 3: Mobama
Top Words: No. 1: Change, No. 2: Bailout, No. 3: Obama-mania
Top Phrases: No. 1: Financial Tsunami, No. 2: Global Warming, No. 3: "Yes, We Can!"
Top Names: No. 1: Barack Obama, No. 2: George W. Bush, No. 3: Michael Phelps
Top Words: No. 1 Hybrid (representing all things green), No. 2: Surge
Top Phrase: Climate Change
Top Name: Al Gore
Top Word: Sustainable
Top Phrase: Stay the Course
Top Name: Darfur
Top Words: No. 1, Refugee, No. 2: Tsunami, No. 3: Katrina
Top Phrase: Outside the Mainstream
Top Name: (acts of) God
Top Word: Incivility (for inCivil War)
Top Phrase: Red States/Blue States, No. 2: Rush to War
Top Name: Dubya/Rove
Top Word: Embedded
Top Phrase: Shock and Awe, No. 2: Rush to War
Top Name: Saddam Hussein, No. 2: Dubya
Top Word: Misunderestimate
Top Phrase: Threat Fatigue
Top Name: W (Dubya)
Top Word: Ground Zero
Top Phrase: ‘Lets Roll’
Top Name: The Heros
Top Word: Chad
Top Phrase:
Top Name: W (Dubya)

Top Words, Stories, Phrases and Names of the Decade[edit]

The Top Words of the Decade from 2000 to 2009 were headed by Global Warming.[13]

The Top Words of the Decade from 2000–2009

Word / Year / Comments

  1. global warming (2000) Rated highly from Day One of the decade
  2. 9/11 (2001) Another inauspicious start to the decade
  3. Obama- (2008 ) The US President’s name as a ‘root’ word or ‘word stem’
  4. bailout (2008) The Bank Bailout was but Act One of the crisis
  5. evacuee/refugee (2005) After Katrina, refugees became evacuees
  6. derivative (2007) Financial instrument or analytical tool that engendered the Meltdown
  7. google (2007) Founders misspelled actual word ‘googol’
  8. surge (2007) The strategy that effectively ended the Iraq War
  9. Chinglish (2005) The Chinese-English Hybrid language growing larger as Chinese influence expands
  10. tsunami (2004) Southeast Asian tsunami took 250,000 lives
  11. H1N1 (2009) More commonly known as Swine Flu
  12. subprime (2007) Subprime mortgages were another bubble to burst
  13. (2000) The bubble engendered no lifelines, no bailouts
  14. Y2K (2000) The Year 2000: all computers would turn to pumpkins at the strike of midnight
  15. misunderestimate (2002) One of the first and most enduring of Bushisms
  16. chad (2000) Those Florida voter punched card fragments that the presidency would turn upon
  17. twitter (2008) A quarter of a billion references on Google
  18. WMD (2002) Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction
  19. blog (2003) First called ‘web logs’ which contracted into blogs
  20. texting (2004) Sending 140 character text messages over cell phones
  21. slumdog (2008) Child inhabitants of Mumba’s slums
  22. sustainable (2006) The key to ‘Green’ living where natural resources are never depleted
  23. Brokeback (2004) New term for ‘gay’ from the Hollywood film ‘Brokeback Mountain
  24. quagmire (2004) Would Iraq War end up like Vietnam, another ‘quagmire’?
  25. truthiness (2006) Stephen Colbert’s addition to the language appears to be a keeper

The Top Stories of the decade from 2000-2009

Rank/News Story/Comment

  1. Rise of China The biggest story of the decade, outdistancing the No. 2 Internet story by 400%.
  2. Iraq War The buildup, the invasion, the hunt for the WMDs, and the Surge were top in print and electronic media outlets.
  3. 9/11 Terrorist Attacks The 9/11 Terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC seemed to set the tone for the new decade.
  4. War on Terror President George W. Bush’s response to 9/11.
  5. Death of Michael Jackson A remarkably high ranking considering that MJ’s death occurred in the final year of the decade.
  6. Election of Obama to US presidency The rallying cries of ‘hope’ and ‘Yes, we can!’ resulting in the historic election of an African-American to the US presidency.
  7. Global Recession of 2008/9 The ongoing world economic restructuring as opposed to the initial ‘economic meltdown’ or ‘financial tsunami’.
  8. Hurricane Katrina New Orleans was devastated when the levies collapsed; scenes of death and destruction shocked millions the world over.
  9. War in Afghanistan Now in its eighth year with an expansion into neighboring Pakistan.
  10. Economic Meltdown/Financial Tsunami The initial shock of witnessing some 25% of the world’s wealth melting away seemingly overnight.
  11. Beijing Olympics The formal launch of China onto the world stage.
  12. South Asian tsunami The horror of 230,000 dead or missing, washed away in a matter of minutes was seared into the consciousness the global community.
  13. War against the Taliban Lands controlled by the Taliban served as a safe haven from which al Qaeda would launch its terrorist attacks.
  14. Death of Pope John Paul II The largest funeral in recent memory with some 2,000,000 pilgrims in attendance.
  15. Osama bin-Laden eludes capture Hesitation to attack Tora Bora in 2002 has led to the continuing manhunt.

The Top Phrases of the Decade from 2000–2009


  1. climate change (2000) Green words in every form dominant the decade
  2. Financial Tsunami (2008) One quarter of the world’s wealth vanishes seemingly overnight
  3. ground zero (2001) Site of 9/11terrorist attack in New York City
  4. War on Terror (2001) Bush administration’s response to 9/11
  5. Weapons of Mass Destruction (2003) Bush’s WMDs never found in Iraq or the Syrian desert
  6. swine flu (2008) H1N1, please, so as not to offend the pork industry or religious sensitivities!
  7. "Let’s Roll!" (2001) Todd Beamer’s last words before Flight 93 crashed into the PA countryside
  8. Red State/Blue State (2004) Republican or Democratic control of states
  9. carbon footprint (2007) How much CO² does an activity produce?
  10. shock-and-awe (2003) Initial strategy of Iraq War
  11. Ponzi scheme (2009) Madoff’s strategy reaped billions & heartache
  12. Category 4 (2005) Force of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans’ seawalls and levies
  13. King of Pop (2000) Elvis was the King, MJ the King (of Pop)
  14. "Stay the course" (2004) Dubya’s oft-stated guidance for Iraq War
  15. "Yes, we can!" (2008) Obama’s winning campaign slogan
  16. "Jai Ho!" (2008) Shout of joy from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
  17. "Out of the Mainstream" (2003) Complaint about any opposition’s political platform
  18. Cloud computing (2007) Using the Internet as a large computational device
  19. threat fatigue (2004) One too many terrorist threat alerts
  20. same-sex marriage (2003) Marriage of gay couples

Annual fashion capital rankings[edit]

An annual ranking of the leading fashion capitals is produced by Global Language Monitor, a US-based company that tracks trends through language use worldwide. The 2017 top-sixty three fashion capitals, according to its rankings, are listed below.[14]

Rank (2017) City Last
1 Flag of the United States.svg New York City 2
2 Flag of France.svg Paris 1
3 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 7
4 Flag of Italy.svg Milan 6
5 Flag of Italy.svg Rome 5
6 Flag of the United Kingdom (1-2).svg London 3
7 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam 23
8 Flag of Germany.svg Berlin 8
9 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas 23
10 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Dubai 17
11 Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore 14
12 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong 12
13 Flag of Italy.svg Florence 11
14 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 4
15 Flag of Spain.svg Madrid 9
16 Flag of Indonesia.svg Bali 40
17 Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 56
18 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague 33
19 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro 18
20 Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires 29
21 Flag of the United States.svg Washington, D.C. 54
22 Flag of Russia.svg Moscow 22
23 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 10
24 Flag of Chile.svg Santiago 43
25 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna 34
26 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai 15
27 Flag of India.svg Mumbai 38
28 Flag of Australia.svg Melbourne 49
29 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 46
30 Flag of Thailand.svg Bangkok 50
31 Flag of Poland.svg Warsaw 42
32 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen 36
33 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco 37
34 Sydney 13
35 São Paulo 16
36 Antwerpen 25
37 Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg 48
38 Dallas 20
39 Flag of the United States.svg Austin 45
40 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Debut
41 Flag of Russia.svg St Petersburg 35
42 Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town 41
43 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City 53
44 Portland, Oregon Debut
45 Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt 51
46 Boston 24
47 Kuala Lumpur Debut
48 Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg 37
49 Monaco 21
50 Atlanta, Georgia 47
51 Flag of India.svg New Delhi 39
52 Flag of Canada.svg Vancouver 52
53 Chicago, Illinois 27
54 Houston, Texas 30
55 Flag of Canada.svg Montreal 47
56 Flag of Senegal.svg Dakar Debut
57 Flag of Lebanon.svg Beirut Debut
58 Flag of Poland.svg Kraków 44
59 Toronto 28
60 Flag of Nigeria.svg Lagos Debut
61 Columbus Debut
62 Accra Debut
63 Flag of Venezuela.svg Caracas Hiatus

Commentary from Global Language Monitor About the 2017 edition of its annual fashion capital rankings[edit]

The current 2017 rankings now include 63 fashion capitals. There are three new fashion capitals from West Africa: Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria. There is one new fashion capital from East Asia: Kuala Lumpur. There is one new fashion capital from the Middle East: Beirut, Lebanon. Before the various insurgencies in the region, Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East. There are two new fashion capitals from North America: Portland, Oregon known for its ‘weird’ culture, much like Austin, Texas and Columbus, Ohio known in the fashion world as the manufacturing headquarters of Henri Bendel, Victoria’s Secret, the Bath & Body Works, Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), and others.

Commentary from Global Language Monitor individual cities in the 2017 edition[edit]

No. 3 Barcelona — Moving into Big Four Territory is Big News by definition.

No. 4 Milano — Reclaiming its Big Four status; hmm, perhaps all that re-thinking and revamping just might be having an impact (we’ll see in 2018).

No. 6 London — Had a great run earlier in the decade, but not so great lately (If you consider the No. 6 spot not so great).

No. 7 Amsterdam — Moving up 15 spots is quite a move.

No. 9 Vegas — Back in the Top Ten, more evidence that the Red Carpet experience does indeed have an impact.

No. 10 Dubai — More evidence that billions of dollars Do, indeed, have an impact.

No. 17 Seoul — Finally making the move in Asia, not No. 1, but a respectable No. 3 regionally.

No. 21 Washington, DC — A move into respectability!?

No. 28 Melbourne and No. 34 Sydney — Trading Places

No. 44 Portland, OR — A very nice debut.

No. 47 Kuala Lumpur — Another solid debut.

No. 46 Boston, No. 48 Miami, No.53 Chicago, No. 54 Houston, and No. 59 Toronto — All down by twenty spots, or more.

No. 63 Caracas — On Hiatus due to Insurrection.

Methodology: For this analysis, the Global Language Monitor used its proprietary Brand Affiliation Index (BAI), the same technology used to measure global brand equity for the Olympics, World Cup, the Fortune 500, and others. This exclusive, GLM longitudinal-study encompasses the prior three years to better assess short-term velocity and longer-term momentum. The study is a Big Data textual analysis based on billions of webpages, millions of blogs, the top 375,000 global print and electronic media, and new social media formats as they appear. This is the eleventh edition of the survey, which was first made public in 2007.

High tech terms[edit]

On March 29, 2013 announced The Most Confusing High Tech Buzzwords of the Second Decade of the 21st century, thus far (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) with commentary follow:

2013 Rank, Buzzword, Last Year’s rank

  1. Big Data (1) — Soon Human Knowledge will be doubling every second. ’Big’ does not begin to describe what’s coming at us.
  2. Dark Data (New)- Might not have noticed it because … it is ‘Dark Data’ ‘Big Data’ has begun to spin off its own superlatives.
  3. The Cloud (2) — All that data has got to go somewhere. Hint: it’s neither your phone nor your tablet.
  4. Yottabytes (New) – Showing up on lots of technologists’ radar lately: a quadrillion gigabytes.
  5. The Next Big Thing (3) — A cliché rendered ever more meaningless but still on everyone’s tongue.
  6. Heisenbug (New) – A bug that disappears when you try to detect it, finally making the list after a steady ascent over the last decade.
  7. 3-D Printer (New) – Watch this space. This technology has been used in CAD design for years and science fiction for decades — but now they are impinging upon everyday life.
  8. Phablet (New) – The Next Big Thing? The odds are against it since consumer goods tend to evolve into single-purpose appliances.
  9. REST (New) – Representational State transfer is slowly climbing its way up the list.
  10. Web X.0 (5) — Formerly Web 2.0, 3.0, etc.

The study was released in conjunction with Austin's South by Southwest Interactive festival.

On March 17, 2010, the Global Language Monitor presented the Most Confusing High Tech Buzzwords of the first decade of the 21st century (2000–2009).[15]

  1. HTTP — HyperText Transfer Protocol is used for HTML (HyperText Markup Language) files.
  2. Flash — As in Flash Memory. "Flash’ is easier to say than " I brought the report on my EEPROM chip with a thin oxide layer separating a floating gate and control gate utilizing Fowler-Nordheim electron tunneling".
  3. God Particle – The Higgs boson, thought to account for mass. The God Particle has eluded discovery since its existence was first postulated some thirty years ago.
  4. Cloud computing – Distributing or accessing programs and services across the Internet. (The Internet is represented as a cloud.)
  5. Plasma (as in plasma TV) — Refers to a kind of television screen technology that uses matrix of gas plasma cells, which are charged by differing electrical voltages to create an image.
  6. iPod – Apple maintains that the idea of the iPod was from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  7. Megapixel – One million pixels or picture elements.
  8. Nano – Widely used to describe anything small as in nanotechnology. Like the word ‘mini’ which originally referred to the red hues in Italian miniature paintings, the word nano- is ultimately derived from the ancient Greek word for ‘dwarf’.
  9. Resonate – Not the tendency of a system to oscillate at maximum amplitude, but the ability to relate to (or resonate with) a customer’s desires.
  10. Virtualization – Around since the late ‘70s, virtualization now applies to everything from infrastructures to I/O.

On November 19, 2008 Global Language Monitor announced the most confusing yet frequently cited high tech buzzwords of 2008 to be cloud computing, green washing, and buzzword compliant followed by resonate, de-duping, and virtualization. Rounding out the Top Ten were Web 2.0, versioning, word clouds, and petaflop. The most confusing Acronym for 2008 was SaaS (software as a service).

On 14 October 2007 GLM released a list of the most confusing high tech terms and buzzwords. The words included: iPod, flash, cookie, nano and kernel, followed by megahertz, cell (as in cell phone), plasma, de-duplication and Blu-Ray. Other terms being tracked included terabyte, memory, core, and head crash. The most confusing acronym was found to be SOA, for service-oriented architecture, an acronym which IBM published a book about.[16]

The studies were released each year on the anniversary of the cookie, the invention that made the World Wide Web practical for widespread surfing, communication, and e-commerce.[17]

Counting English words[edit]

GLM announced the 1,000,000th English word on June 10, 2009.[18] This controversial exercise was widely covered in the global media.[19][20] The count itself was widely criticized by a number of prominent linguists, including Geoffrey Nunberg,[21] and Jesse Sheidlower[22] and Benjamin Zimmer,[23] on the grounds that since there is no generally accepted definition of a word, there can never be a definitive count.[22][23][24]

The finalists, which met the criteria of a minimum of 25,000 citations with the necessary breadth of geographic distribution and depth of citations, were:

1. Web 2.0. 2. Jai Ho! 3. N00b. 4. Slumdog. 5. Cloud computing. 6. Carbon Neutral. 7. Slow Food. 8. Octomom. 9. Greenwashing. 10. Sexting. 11. Shovel ready. 12. Defriend. 13. Chengguan. 14. Recessionista. 15. Zombie Banks.[25]

Critics noted that the target date had been changed a number of times from late in 2006 to early in 2009.[26][27][28][29][30][31] It was also criticized on grounds that a count is impossible because "word" is not a scientifically valid concept. Google addressed this situation by counting the words in the 15 million scanned texts in their corpus.[32] Global Language Monitor states the general criteria for inclusion on its site, maintaining that it is simply updating the established criteria for printed dictionaries beginning with the works of Samuel Johnson and Noah Webster.[33]

The New York Times quoted Paul JJ Payack as saying that the PQI is "an algorithm that tracks words and phrases in the media and on the Internet in relation to frequency, context and appearance in global media. It is a weighted index that takes into account year-to-year increases and acceleration in the last several months".[34] In general terms, GLM describes its Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI), used to run its analytics on global language trends and, as a weighted index, factoring in long-term trends, short-term changes, momentum and velocity, using frequency data on words and phrases in the global print and electronic media, on the Internet, and throughout the blogosphere, as well as in proprietary databases (Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, etc.). It can also create "signals" that can be used in a variety of applications.[35]

Obama an English language word[edit]

On 20 February 2008 GLM announced that the latest word to enter the English language was "obama", derived from Barack Obama, in its many variations. GLM described Obama- as a "root" for words including obamanomics, obamican, obamamentum, obamacize, obamarama, obamaNation, Obamafy, obamamania and obamacam.[36] GLM announced it to be an accepted word, once it met the group's published criteria: a minimum of 25,000 citations in the global media, as well as achieving the necessary 'breadth' and 'depth' of citations.[37]

Top US Colleges and University Rankings[edit]

The Global Language Monitor publishes other lists relating to the English language including: the TrendTopper MediaBuzz College Guide rankings of the top 425 U.S. colleges and universities according to their internet brand equity.[38]

Top Universities (January 2016): Rank/University/Previous Ranking

Top Universities Last

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
  2. University of California at Los Angeles 6
  3. University of California, Berkeley 3
  4. University of California, Davis 7
  5. University of California, San Diego 12
  6. University of Chicago 4
  7. University of Texas, Austin 5
  8. Harvard University 2
  9. University of Washington 13
  10. University of Southern California 27
  11. Stanford University 8
  12. University of Wisconsin, Madison 15
  13. Yale University 21
  14. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 16
  15. University of California, Irvine 37
  16. University of Virginia 19
  17. University of California, Santa Barbara 36
  18. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 20
  19. University of Minnesota 22
  20. Ohio State University, Columbus 28
  21. Columbia University 14
  22. Princeton University 17
  23. University of Pennsylvania 11
  24. Duke University 61
  25. University of California, Santa Cruz 84
  26. New York University 9
  27. Emory University 33
  28. Michigan State University 24
  29. Cornell University 23
  30. Johns Hopkins University 30
  31. Northwestern University 10
  32. University of Florida 67
  33. Florida State 48
  34. University of Missouri, Columbia 51
  35. Virginia Tech 65
  36. University of Arizona 77
  37. University of Iowa 44
  38. Georgia Institute of Technology 26
  39. Washington University in St. Louis 25
  40. Indiana University, Bloomington 32
  41. University of Miami 46
  42. Washington State University 79
  43. University of Pittsburgh 45
  44. University of San Diego 149
  45. University of Oregon 49
  46. American University 58
  47. University of Phoenix 98
  48. Purdue University 31
  49. Iowa State University 47
  50. University of Georgia 43
  51. University of Tennessee 90

Top 50 US Colleges by TrendTopper MediaBuzz 2016[edit]

Rank/College/Previous Ranking

  1. Wesleyan University 54
  2. School of the Art Institute of Chicago 27
  3. College of the Holy Cross 58
  4. Williams College 6
  5. University of Richmond 2
  6. United States Military Academy 1
  7. Smith College 47
  8. United States Naval Academy 20
  9. Middlebury College 7
  10. Pratt Institute 10
  11. Wellesley College 4
  12. University of the Arts, PA 69
  13. Berklee College of Music 72
  14. Babson College 9
  15. Oberlin College 19
  16. Rhode Island School of Design 22
  17. Bucknell University 11
  18. Vassar College 8
  19. Barnard College 21
  20. Colgate University 14
  21. Bowdoin College 15
  22. Pomona College 3
  23. Davidson College 25
  24. Bennington College 96
  25. Lafayette College 13
  26. Swarthmore College 16
  27. United States Air Force Academy 43
  28. Colby College 46
  29. Mount Holyoke College 44
  30. Bard College 18
  31. Amherst College 4
  32. Fashion Institute of Technology 64
  33. Morehouse College 35
  34. Carleton College 36
  35. Occidental College 17
  36. Furman University 66
  37. Bryn Mawr College 31
  38. The Juilliard School 30
  39. Reed College 24
  40. Bates College 48
  41. Washington and Lee University 38
  42. Kenyon College 40
  43. Drew University 45
  44. Dickinson College 23
  45. Skidmore College 39
  46. Colorado College 89
  47. Trinity College, CT 33
  48. DePauw University 49
  49. Gettysburg College 32
  50. Haverford College 50

Top US Colleges by Category[edit]

  • The 222 Top US Universities 1. MIT, 2. UCLA, 3. Berkeley
  • The 199 Top US Colleges 1. Wesleyan (CT), 2. SAIC, 3. Holy Cross
  • The Top US Private Universities 1. Chicago, 2. Harvard, 3. Stanford
  • The Top US Public Universities 1. UCLA, 2. Berkeley, 3. UC Davis
  • The Top US Private Colleges 1. Wesleyan (CT), 2. SAIC, 3. Holy Cross
  • The Top US Public Colleges 1. West Point, 2. Annapolis, 3. Air Force
  • The Top Engineering Universities 1. MIT, 2. Virginia Tech, 3. Georgia Tech
  • The Top Engineering Colleges 1. Harvey Mudd, 2. MSOE, 3. SD School of Mines
  • The Top Catholic Universities 1. U San Diego, 2. Boston College, 3. Notre Dame.
  • The Top Catholic Colleges 1. Holy Cross, 2. Siena College, 3. Willamette
  • Top Denomination-related Colleges 1. St Olaf, 2. High Point, 3. Muhlenberg
  • Top Military and Service Academies 1. West Point, 2. Annapolis, 3. Air Force
  • Top Art, Design, and Music Schools 1. School of the Art Institute AIC, 2. Pratt Institute, 3. School of the Arts, PA
  • Top Women’s Colleges 1. Smith, 2. Wellesley, 3. Barnard
  • Top Historically Black Colleges and Universities 1. Morehouse, 2. Spelman, 3.Rhodes

and 15 Top All-Time Bushisms, and many others.[39]


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