Find out where the graduating class of 2015 wants to go to college.

Welcome to the most unbiased ranking of colleges available. It’s not based on acceptance rates, percentage of alumni donating, or “post-graduate success”. It’s based on one thing—where real high school students want to go to college. The Edupath 99 is always:

The Edupath 99 for October 2014

 #1  Stanford University

Go here if:
You're preternaturally smart and gifted, and you're looking for a similarly intelligent comrade to help found your start-up.
Think twice if:
You want an urban environment. You’re not confident in your ability to keep up academically.
 #2  University of California-Los Angeles

Go here if:
You’re independent, self-motivated, and ready to deal with the bureaucracy of the UC system.
Think twice if:
You want a lot of individual attention and guidance.
 #3  Yale University

Go here if:
You can get in.
Think twice if:
You’d be intimidated being surrounded by a bunch of smarties.
 #4  University of California-Berkeley

Go here if:
You're independent and driven, and a little bureaucracy won't cramp your style. You have a unique interest and want to find other people who share it.
Think twice if:
You want hand-holding or personalized guidance.
 #5  Harvard University

Go here if:
You want to join the race to claw yourself to the top of the world.
Think twice if:
You want a lot of personal attention from your teachers. You’re more interested in critical thinking than your resume. You’ll crack under the pressure of the grind.
 #6  Princeton University

Go here if:
You want to belong to the most prestigious and exclusive club in the U.S.
Think twice if:
You’ve never cared much about grades or clubs.
 #7  New York University

Go here if:
You're an independent urbanophile who wants as much adventure outside of class as in class.
Think twice if:
You're looking for a traditional campus experience. You don't absolutely love, love NY.
 #8  Columbia University in the City of New York

Go here if:
You want to experience life in the big city, but also enjoy the sense of community of a college campus. You want an intense core curriculum. 
Think twice if:
You party hard, but don't want to work hard. 
 #9  University of Southern California

Go here if:
You’re academically motivated, street smart, and love being in a place with school spirit. Fight on! 
Think twice if:
You’re worried about taking care of yourself in a big, sometimes dangerous city. The student body is drawn from a more affluent pool.
 #10  Brown University

Go here if:
You're liberal, artsy, quirky, and smart.
Think twice if:
You crave a typical college experience, complete with football games and tailgating.
 #11  University of Pennsylvania

Go here if:
You’re independent and academically motivated. You want the "social ivy" experience. 
Think twice if:
You don't want to be in a preprofessional environment. 
 #12  Cornell University

Go here if:
You can handle relentless cold and relentless stress. 
Think twice if:
Being 4 hours from a major metropolitan city scares you. 
 #13  Duke University

Go here if:
You’re serious about studying. You want a school that offers strong academics and sports. You’re a social butterfly.
Think twice if:
You want a small, liberal arts school. You hate sports. You want to be near a big city.
 #14  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Go here if:
You are prepared not just to hit the books, but be in an actual cage fight for four years against scores of textbooks all trained in kung fu.
Think twice if:
You would rather write haiku, laze on the quad, and go hiking on the weekends than crush five problem sets in as many days and then use your built-up stress as partying rocket fuel in Boston on the weekend.
 #15  Johns Hopkins University

Go here if:
You’re a mad scientist with something to prove.
Think twice if:
You’re looking for people to rhapsodize over Keats with.
 #16  University of Chicago

Go here if:
You're an intellectual. You are open to discussing Plato at parties. You work hard and play hard.
Think twice if:
You Kant handle the cold. School spirit defines you. 
 #17  University of California-San Diego

Go here if:
You’re self-motivated. You want to study science at a world class research institution. You want to surf in between classes.
Think twice if:
You want a small school with a lot of personal attention.
 #18  Boston University

Go here if:
You’re a city person. You thrive in big, diverse environments with lots to choose from and little hand-holding.
Think twice if:
You want a school with a distinct "campus" feel. You’d feel overwhelmed in a big city.
 #19  University of California-Santa Barbara

Go here if:
You can lie on the beach and soak in sun and Psych simultaneously.
Think twice if:
Beach bums bum you out. 
 #20  Northwestern University

Go here if:
You love partying, studying, and the cold. 
Think twice if:
You're not up for a challenge. Being in a preprofessional environment scares you. 
 #21  California Institute of Technology

Go here if:
You’re dedicated to the sciences and committed to spending five to ten hours per day doing schoolwork.
Think twice if:
You’re smart but want to be a slacker.
 #22  Carnegie Mellon University

Go here if:
You are motivated, intelligent, curious about everything, and willing to go the extra mile to make the most out of your undergrad experience.
Think twice if:
You want to cruise through college with minimal effort.
 #23  University of Florida

Go here if:
Tailgating is one of your favorite activities.
Think twice if:
The Greek scene is not your scene.
 #24  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Go here if:
You want strong academics alongside the quintessential college experience, complete with Greek life, school spirits, sports.
Think twice if:
You’re not into partying or ra-ra school spirit.
 #25  University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Go here if:
You're ready to carve out your own community amidst the relentless teeming of a huge campus.
Think twice if:
You're afraid of being lost in the crowd.  
 #26  Vanderbilt University

Go here if:
Sperrys and pastel polos dominate your wardrobe.
Think twice if:
You're liberal and artsy. You hate country music. 
 #27  University of Notre Dame

Go here if:
You want to feel like part of a tribe—one that worships a little oblong ball as it's thrown across a field.
Think twice if:
Sports, frats, and religion sound more like herd mentality than a good time.
 #28  University of California-Davis

Go here if:
You’re independent, self-motivated, and would enjoy the small town feel of Davis.
Think twice if:
You thrive on the hustle and bustle of city life and you wilt in the heat.
 #29  Dartmouth College

Go here if:
You’re passionate about academics, you love school spirit, and you want to feel like part of a community. You love Greek life. 
Think twice if:
You dream of coasting through college in a big city, preferably in shorts and flip flops.
 #30  University of Miami

Go here if:
You want a balance of education and partying, and can handle the many tempting distractions Miami has on show.
Think twice if:
You'd prefer a grassy, gothic revival quad over a beach and palm trees.
 #31  Georgetown University

Go here if:
You have clear professional ambitions and want an education geared toward practice. You’re interested in international affairs.
Think twice if:
You'd feel out of place among the career-driven.
 #32  Boston College

Go here if:
You’re academically motivated and share the Jesuit value of community service.
Think twice if:
Socioeconomic and ethnic diversity are essential to your college experience.
 #33  Tufts University

Go here if:
You're a bit of a nerd - but a worldly, cool nerd. 
Think twice if:
You're not up for the occassional Saturday night spent studying.
 #34  University of Texas at Austin

Go here if:
You love a fast-paced, urban environment and are crazy about college sports.
Think twice if:
You want to be in a tight-knit community where everybody smiles at each other on campus.
 #35  Rice University

Go here if:
You want to go to an Ivy of the South.
Think twice if:
You don’t have a lot of school spirit (the residential colleges are somewhat of a big deal).
 #36  Northeastern University

Go here if:
You want to pump up your resume while you're still in college, love city life and don't mind a little snow.
Think twice if:
You want lots of personal attention and big cities freak you out.
 #37  University of California-Irvine

Go here if:
You want diversity. You like sunny weather and the beach. You don't mind being a number. 
Think twice if:
You want a vibrant social scene. You want to be a name. You want to be taught by professors, not TAs.
 #38  University of Virginia

Go here if:
You want to get your education with a heavy dose of Southern pedigree.
Think twice if:
You don't jibe well with the school's unofficial mantra, "Guys in ties, girls in pearls."
 #39  Florida State University

Go here if:
You can handle the occassional library study session as long as it's followed by sunshine and a party.
Think twice if:
You're a committed introvert who is overwhelmed by crowds and bureaucracy.
 #40  University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Go here if:
You're a tree-hugger who tests well when hungover.
Think twice if:
You're scared of getting lost in the crowd.
 #41  Emory University

Go here if:
You’re pre-something and you’ve summered somewhere.
Think twice if:
You’re an anarchist and a musician and you write your diary entries on the walls of subway tunnels.
 #42  University of San Diego

Go here if:
The idea of going to a college only 15 minutes driving from partying or studying on the beach already has you packing your sunscreen.
Think twice if:
You are allergic to sunlight and sand, or have been diagnosed with aquaphobia.
 #43  Texas A & M University-College Station

Go here if:
You don’t mind being a number. You want a traditional college experience. You like school spirit.
Think twice if:
You don’t like to party. You want to be a big fish in a small pond. You want diversity. You are not conservative.
 #44  Syracuse University

Go here if:
You want to join a rowdy group of sports fans in a chilly town.
Think twice if:
You want an ultra-intellectual climate where most students couldn't get three lines into their fight song.
 #45  Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus

Go here if:
You’re kind of a meathead, or you enjoy the scene.
Think twice if:
Football games give you migraines.
 #46  Amherst College

Go here if:
You like to kick back after a full day of academics, athletics, and a cappella over 1-12 beers with your friends—or your professors.
Think twice if:
The sight of a flying frisbee or the sound of a beer being prepared for shotgunning supplants your ability to get your homework done.
 #47  College of William and Mary

Go here if:
You're passionate about something and are ready to work hard for it. 
Think twice if:
You want to be lazy and party all the time. 
 #48  University of Georgia

Go here if:
You're a music lover, sports fan, foodie, or outdoors enthusiast - Athens has something for everyone.
Think twice if:
You can't stand sports and you hate Greek life.  
 #49  Ohio State University-Main Campus

Go here if:
You want a huge university with a lot of pride and pep.
Think twice if:
You're agoraphobic.
 #50  University of Oregon

Go here if:
You want a large school in a quintessential Northwestern hippie town.
Think twice if:
You would be better off in a smaller environment where you would never encounter the possibility of 'slipping between the cracks.'
 #51  University of California-Santa Cruz

Go here if:
You’re academically self-motivated, socially laid back, enjoy nature and are a bit of a hippie - or you wouldn’t mind hanging out with one.
Think twice if:
You want a traditional, ra-ra Greek life. You need to be pushed to stay focused on academics.
 #52  Baylor University

Go here if:
You love college sports, school spirit, and being Christian.
Think twice if:
You depise cliquey social life. You're too artsy or atheist.
 #53  Washington University in St Louis

Go here if:
You’re academically motivated and value being empowered to take control over your education.
Think twice if:
You value a socioeconomically diverse student body.
 #54  Pomona College

Go here if:
You’re passionate about academics, and would enjoy learning in a small, warm, community environment.
Think twice if:
You want to live in a big, exciting city.
 #55  Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

Go here if:
You’re focused on academics or technology. You fancy Mother Nature and all she has to offer.
Think twice if:
You’re uber-conservative. You want big city life. You’re a slacker.
 #56  Auburn University

Go here if:
You’re an avid football fan, want to enter the Greek system, and like the idea of a close-knit, college-centric town.
Think twice if:
You crave arts and culture, aren’t interested in Greek parties and football games, or are seeking an independent, big-city experience.
 #57  Pepperdine University

Go here if:
You want a tight knit community with a strong focus on academics.
Think twice if:
You’d be uncomfortable in a school with a strong Christian vibe. You want a real college-town experience.
 #58  University of Maryland-College Park

Go here if:
You’re looking for a big school with school spirit and a good balance between work and fun.
Think twice if:
You’re looking for an urban atmosphere.
 #59  San Diego State University

Go here if:
You do well in the sun. You want Greek life to be a large part of your college experience.
Think twice if:
You prefer cold, gloomy weather, and days reading depressing fiction inside. You don’t want to go to a ‘party school.’
 #60  Clemson University

Go here if:
You want to work hard and play hard. You want Greek life. You want a stereotypical college town. You’re okay with being a number.
Think twice if:
You want small classes. You want a metropolitan experience. You want a melting pot. You want a politically active campus.
 #61  Williams College

Go here if:
You’re insanely passionate about academics and want to learn in a non-competitive and innovative environment. (And you can party hard after you snag an A.)
Think twice if:
You want to coast through college without studying. You thrive in an urban environment.
 #62  Georgia Institute of Technology

Go here if:
You’re a tech junkie with drive.
Think twice if:
You’ve never stayed up all night studying and you don’t intend to start now.
 #63  Swarthmore College

Go here if:
You’re quirky, cerebral, ultra-liberal, and want to learn in a tight-knit campus community nearby to a major city.
Think twice if:
You’d be uncomfortable surrounded by ultra-liberal students and professors.
 #64  Louisiana State University

Go here if:
You can scream your heart out at a football game without losing your voice.
Think twice if:
You find sports fans annoying and infantile.
 #65  University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Go here if:
You can handle a big school and you want a class list that reads like the 12 page menu of a New York deli.
Think twice if:
You want personal attention and don't believe anyone who says Pittsburgh's a great place to live.
 #66  University of Alabama

Go here if:
You live, breath, and eat college football. You don't mind big classes. You want to dabble- UA has lots of majors to explore.
Think twice if:
You want to be a name, not a number. You couldn't care less about football. Frat parties aren't for you.
 #67  University of San Francisco

Go here if:
You love city life and want to be involved in it through community service.
Think twice if:
You got into a good public school and want to save some money.  
 #68  University of Central Florida

Go here if:
You hope to study engineering and slip into a career designing rides for Disney World.
Think twice if:
You want a small school with no more than twenty students per class.
 #69  California State University-Long Beach

Go here if:
You’re super independent. You’re a beach bum. You’re looking to hit the ground running.
Think twice if:
You’re afraid of being a small fish in a big pond. You need lots of hand-holding. You want a small campus with an intimate atmosphere.
 #70  Vassar College

Go here if:
You want to spend four years in an intellectual enclave without many destinations of interest close to campus.
Think twice if:
You’re conservative and don’t want to be surrounded by students on the far left. Being in the middle of nowhere makes you feel claustrophobic.
 #71  Colgate University

Go here if:
You want to work hard and play even harder. 
Think twice if:
You're a scrappy activist who cares more about doing good than looking good.
 #72  Loyola Marymount University

Go here if:
You love small class sizes and forming close relationships with your professors.
Think twice if:
You want a dense, urban environment. Although it's in Los Angeles, LMU is in a bit of a no-man's land— near both Venice beach, LAX and Inglewood.
 #73  Santa Clara University

Go here if:
You like a school that augments its academics with a little spirituality.
Think twice if:
You’d prefer a large, definitively secular institution.
 #74  University of Colorado Boulder

Go here if:
You appreciate the great outdoors. And a good party.
Think twice if:
You’re uncomfortable around marijuana or wealthy, white kids.
 #75  Tulane University of Louisiana

Go here if:
You thrive in a diverse, urban, lively environment and are ready to take advantage of all New Orleans has to offer.
Think twice if:
You aren’t street smart. You can’t stand being around people who party.
 #76  Fordham University

Go here if:
You want a well-rounded education in New York City.
Think twice if:
You’re looking for a "typical" college experience with tailgating and fraternities and perhaps cow tipping.
 #77  North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Go here if:
You want to work hard and party hard. You live in North Carolina and want an affordable education. You want a traditional college experience. You want sports and spirit.
Think twice if:
You live out-of-state and want an affordable education. You want easy access to any class. You want to be a name, not a number.
 #78  Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Go here if:
You’re a New Jersey local and you like to party.
Think twice if:
You got into Princeton.
 #79  George Washington University

Go here if:
You’re urbane, politically conscious and self-motivated.
Think twice if:
You hate cities and don’t plan on voting.
 #80  University of Wisconsin-Madison

Go here if:
You can hit the books as hard as you root for the home team.
Think twice if:
You want to be noticed in class.
 #81  Cooper Union

Go here if:
You are a humble learner or masochistic genius.
Think twice if:
You are apathetic about your education and you love to sleep.
 #82  Wesleyan University

Go here if:
You like to bake vegan brownies while you question your gender identity.
Think twice if:
You want to be an investment banker. 
 #83  Arizona State University

Go here if:
Beer helps you study.
Think twice if:
You hate fun. You find sports annoying. You want to be surrounded by nerds.
 #84  Michigan State University

Go here if:
You want a large, football-intensive university.
Think twice if:
You have your heart set on a tiny liberal arts college full of seminars guerilla theater.
 #85  Harvey Mudd College

Go here if:
You want to work hard for your grades and learn a lot in the process. And you live for math.
Think twice if:
Math scares you. 
 #86  University of Connecticut

Go here if:
You have school spirit and want to show it.
Think twice if:
Small classes and personal attention are important to you, and you hate sports.
 #87  Barnard College

Go here if:
You're a woman interested in an Ivy League caliber education in New York City, but with the addition of a supportive women's community and a more flexible curriculum.
Think twice if:
You're looking for a traditional women's college experience.  Although one of the Seven Sisters schools, Barnard is very integrated into Columbia.
 #88  San Francisco State University

Go here if:
San Francisco is your city of choice. You are independent and willing to put in the work of getting the good classes.
Think twice if:
You do better in small classes and rural settings.
 #89  University of Rochester

Go here if:
You want to be a musician or scientist and have a good winter coat.
Think twice if:
You think snow is just something that's flavored and stuck in a cone.
 #90  University of Texas at Dallas

Go here if:
You're looking for an affordable state school with a more personal touch than you'd get at a flagship institution.
Think twice if:
You were hoping college would be an opportunity to brush up on your street smarts in a dense urban environment. Dallas is no Austin.
 #91  University of Arizona

Go here if:
You want a big school with big spirit. You’re a college sports lover. You’re a social butterfly.
Think twice if:
You’re an unsocial bookworm. You hate 100+ degree heat. You’re afraid of being landlocked.
 #92  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Go here if:
You want Greek life to be the pinnacle of your college experience.
Think twice if:
You don't want to get lost in the crowd or be taught by a TA.
 #93  Haverford College

Go here if:
You’re passionate about learning. You’re looking for an environment where uniqueness is embraced.
Think twice if:
You’re an extreme partier. You’re not intellectually curious.
 #94  University of Hawaii at Manoa

Go here if:
You love sunshine and beaches.
Think twice if:
You prefer snow pants to swim gear. You want Greek life on par with Animal House.
 #95  Wake Forest University

Go here if:
You're attracted to hard work and Greek life, especially if you want to study business.
Think twice if:
If you don't want to go Greek.
 #96  Bowdoin College

Go here if:
You want to work hard and feel like part of a community. You love sports.
Think twice if:
You want to be anonymous. You love the fast pace of big city life.
 #97  University of Massachusetts Amherst

Go here if:
You want to go to the same party school as the Pixies.
Think twice if:
You require a lot of external discipline in order to focus on academics.
 #98  Villanova University

Go here if:
You like leafy suburbs. You like to party. You want to go Greek.
Think twice if:
You want a vibrant, diverse on-campus social scene.
 #99  University of California-Riverside

Go here if:
You’re self-motivated and value a diverse student body.
Think twice if:
An urban environment is important to you.