Forbes Releases the Winners of the 2016 #MyTopCollege Contest


Forbes releases a list of top American colleges every year, but then they wanted to do something different, hoping to see a glimpse of school spirit.

So, for the third time, the company, aside from gathering data, decided to hold a contest via social media, asking faculty and staff, and current and former students to make their colleges stand out with the hashtag “#MyTopCollege”.

Over the last few weeks, college students and university employees from all over the country promoted their school with #MyTopCollege on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Vine, among others.

Entries submitted talked about universities being a Top College because of varying reasons like dedication to service, being student-friendly, support for employment after school, and even about having a number of PokeStops.

Finally, there were more than a thousand entries gathered at the end of the competition.

Winners for 2016 #MyTopCollege by Division

Large-School Division (for more than 15,000 enrollees)

California State University, Fullerton

CSUF took the top place in 2014, when the social media competition began. It was the winner in this division last year, and this year CSUF still stands strong as the champion, with more than 15,000 students.

The university helped to spread the message of CSUF’s students by compiling their posts on a Storify post. One of the students’ posts on Instagram was tagged in the Favorite #MyTopCollege Photos.

Medium-School Division (for 2,000 to 15,000 enrollees)

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio

This is also FU’s third year of being marked as a top college in the Forbes’ list. The judges for the competition stated that the students’ post entries showed FU as a school that promoted faith, friendship, and travel, identifying the university’s study abroad and outreach programs.

One of the photos submitted by the university’s employee, Tom Crowe, was chosen as part of Forbes’ Favorite #MyTopCollege Photos.

Small-School Division (for less than 2,000 enrollees)

Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas

Last year, OBU ranked No.5, now the small university is the ultimate champion of this division, even though its total student population is less than 2,000.

With only just 1,500 undergraduate studentsthough, this school became the undisputed winner, with Governor Mike Huckabee, an alumnus of the college, pitching in with this tweet about how OBU changed his life.


The OBU post included in the top 22 photos was instrumental in the university’s landslide victory: a picture of a team struggling together in a game of Tug o’ War to help raise money for student scholarships.

Over-All Winners:

  • Ouachita Baptist University – 320 votes
  • California State University, Fullerton – 267 votes
  • Michigan State University – 192 votes
  • California State University, Fresno – 182 votes
  • Sweet Briar College – 143 votes
  • Stony Brook University – 118 votes
  • Franciscan University – 91 votes
  • Kansas State University – 78 votes
  • Indiana University, Bloomington – 56 votes
  • University of Central Oklahoma – 45 votes

The communications vice president of Ouachita Baptist University, Trennis Henderson, said that besting other bigger schools really bolstered the university’s fame and school spirit.

He gave thanks to the school’s staff, faculty, alumni, and students who all rose to the challenge of championing their small and humble school, beating out other giants who had enrollments twenty times OBU.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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