Small Schools Challenge Reigning Champion In Week One of #MyTopCollege

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Since we started the annual #MyTopCollege contest in 2013, California State schools have dominated.  This year, in the opening week of our annual school pride contest, smaller private schools like Widener University and Otterbein University have begun to challenge the California State University System, claiming second and third place after last year’s winner California State University—Fullerton.

Every year, as Forbes prepares to release our My Top College List on August 13, we invite students, faculty and alumni to help us create a different kind of list – a ranking of schools based solely on your experiences. Though the contest will not affect our Top Colleges list, we want you to tell us your stories on Twitter and Instagram. Show us why a university can be more than a set of data points and watch your stories flow through our Top College hub. Winners will be identified in weekly posts within three categories: small schools (fewer than 2,000 students), medium schools (2,000-15,000 students) and large schools (more than 15,000). Every week we will list the top 10 schools with the most posts.

This year our theme is Time Travel. Take us through the past, present and future of your college. Each week for the next seven weeks we will announce a different topic on Twitter. This past week we gave you our first topic: What is your favorite memory from your time in college? And you took us back in time.

Cal State Fullerton, one of the newest schools (founded in 1957) in the 23-college California State University System, took home the top spot this week with 37 posts. They told us about some of their favorite memories and opportunities their school has given them.

Call State Fullerton students also showed us they aren’t afraid to have fun.

While Cal State Fullerton took the top spot overall and in the large schools category, Widener University and Otterbein University went head-to-head for the top spot for medium schools and the second spot overall. Ultimately, Widener University, a private university in Chester, Pennsylvania, took the top spot in the category.

Widener University won us over by reminiscing about summer fun.

But Otterbein, a small school in Westerville, Ohio, came through strong only three posts behind Widener.

They told us about some of their earliest memories at college.

Sweet Briar College, a tiny woman’s college in Sweet Briar, Virginia, claimed the top spot for small colleges. The school also tied for the fourth spot overall with the much larger, California State University—Northridge.

The two schools reminded us of all the important mile stones we pass in college.

A consistent contender in our My Top College contest, California State University—Chico took sixth place. Chico was followed by a eight-way tie between Arizona State University, Saint Francis University, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University and San Diego State University, as well as California State University—San Marcos, Long Beach and Fresno.

Who will be #MyTopCollege this year? Read more on how to participate in the campaign here, and follow @ForbesEDU to see the Top Colleges team’s favorite posts, as well as our featured Tweet of the Week.

Our theme for next week will also be focused on the past. Tell us about your freshman year. What was the best part of your freshman year experience?

Here are this week’s rankings:

1.California State University—Fullerton

2.Widener University

3.Otterbein University

4.(tie) Sweet Briar College/California State University—Northridge

6.California State University—Chico

7.(tie) Saint Francis University/Arizona State University/University of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvania State University/San Diego State University/California State University—San Marcos/California State University—Long Beach/ California State University—Fresno.

NOTE: We will only be counting posts from students, parents, faculty and alumni. We do not count posts from official university accounts. So make sure to tell us about your experiences with #MyTopCollege and tag us @Forbes.Edu in your tweets.

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